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Clarence Gilyard, ‘Die Hard’ and ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ star, dead at 66

Nov 29, 2022, 1:00 PM
Clarence Gilyard Jr. has died at the age of 66. (Arlene Richie/Shutterstock)...
Clarence Gilyard Jr. has died at the age of 66. (Arlene Richie/Shutterstock)
(Arlene Richie/Shutterstock)

(CNN) — Clarence Gilyard, the actor best known for playing computer hacker Theo in “Die Hard” and naval flight officer Marcus “Sundown” Williams in “Top Gun,” has died at the age of 66.

His death was announced on Monday in a statement from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where he had been working as an associate professor at the College of Fine Arts.

“It is with profound sadness that I share this news,” Dean Nancy Uscher said in the statement shared on Instagram. “His students were deeply inspired by him, as were all who knew him. He had many extraordinary talents and was extremely well-known in the university through his dedication to teaching and his professional accomplishments.”

UNLV film chair Heather Addison remembered Gilyard as a “beacon of light and strength for everyone around him at UNLV.”

She added: “Whenever we asked him how he was, he would cheerfully declare that he was ‘Blessed!’ But we are truly the ones who were blessed to be his colleagues and students for so many years. We love you and will miss you dearly, Professor G!”

No further details surrounding his death have been made public.

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Clarence Gilyard, ‘Die Hard’ and ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ star, dead at 66