Famous Actor Born in the Mid Columbia
He has been in movies and TV since 1981 with shows like Different Strokes, Chips, and Walker Texas Ranger to movies like Top Gun and Die Hard. His name is Clarence Gilyard Jr and he was born right here in the Mid Columbia. Born in 1955 in Moses Lake, Clarence then was raised all over the country on military bases in Texas, Hawaii, and Florida.
In the movie Die Hard, he plays a computer terrorist named Theo that is the right hand of the main baddie. The clip above is one of the most famous scenes from Die Hard where they open up the safe. He didn't have a ton of screen time but had some memorable moments and lines. He was a pilot in Top Gun named Sundown that fills in after Goose but is known mostly for his role on Walker Texas Ranger as James Trivette.