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Clarence Darnell Gilyard, Jr. (December 24, 1955 - November 28, 2022) was an American actor who last became an associate professor in the College of Fine Arts – Department of Theatre at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he taught stage and screen acting. He was known for his roles as private investigator Conrad McMasters in the legal drama Matlock and Texas Ranger James Trivette in the Chuck Norris crime drama Walker, Texas Ranger. Gilyard also had a small role in the film Top Gun.

Gilyard portrayed computer terrorist genius Theo in Die Hard, reprising the role in the DieHard battery commerical DieHard Is Back(2020). He died 2 years later.

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