Name: Clarence Gilyard Jr.
Date of Birth: 24 December 1955
Attended Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas for some time. 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.
Associate Professor of Theatre, 2002
He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity
Gilyard was born in Moses Lakes, Washington, but was raised in the military bases of Hawaii, Texas and Florida.
He began his acting career working in the children's theater.
After joining the cast of the play "Bleacher Burns," Clarence became the first black actor to play the role of the cheerleader. By coincidence, the real-life person on whom the cheerleader at Wrigley Field was based was indeed black.
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