Clarence Gilyard Jr.

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Clarence Gilyard Jr. (Benjamin Webster) was born on Christmas Eve, 1957 in Moses Lake, Washington. He grew up as one of six children in a military family. He attended the Air Force Academy before transferring to Sterling College in Kansas, where he played wide receiver on the football team and also became interested in acting. After his success as an actor, Clarence has given back to the college in many ways, one of which is he paid for new tennis courts for the college.

Gilyard is a real-life cowboy and devotes much of his free time to riding and roping in celebrity rodeos to benefit various children's charities. He is honorary chairman of and celebrity spokesman for Cowboys for Kids and also serves on the board of directors of the Children's Organ Transplant Association.

Gilyard has two children and divides his time between Dallas and Rancho Mirage, California.

Starring Roles

  • "CHiPs" (TV-1982-83) [as Officer Benjamin Webster]
  • The Duck Factory (TV-1984) [as Roland Culp]
  • Off the Mark (1986) [as James B. White]
  • Top Gun (1986) [as Sundown]
  • The Karate Kid, Part II (1986) [as G.I. #1]
  • Matlock (TV-1986) [as Conrad McMasters]
  • Die Hard [or DVD] (1988) [as Theo]
  • L.A. Takedown (TV-1989) [as Mustafa]
  • The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (TV-1990)
  • Matlock: The Witness Killings (TV-1991) [as Conrad McMasters]
  • Matlock: The Picture (TV-1991) [as Conrad McMasters]
  • Matlock: The Fortune (TV-1992) [as Conrad McMasters]
  • Matlock: The Vacation (TV-1992) [as Conrad McMasters]
  • Walker, Texas Ranger (TV-1993-) [as Jimmy Trivette]

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