Top Agent, Richard Clayton, 93 - Los Angeles Times Paid Obituary

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Bob Feigel

Oct 1, 2008, 6:00:59 PM10/1/08

Richard Clayton

CLAYTON, Richard Discovered James Dean Richard Clayton, famous agent
from Hollywood's Golden Age has died. He was 93, at his home in Los
Angeles, from congestive heart failure.

Noted for discovering talent such as Tab Hunter, Jane Fonda, Tuesday
Weld, Harrison Ford, Lee Majors, Farrah Fawcett, Jan Michael Vincent,
Angie Dickenson, Nick Nolte, Robert Urich, Chad Everett, Richard
Chamberlin, Peggy Lipton, Clint Walker among others; perhaps his most
famous discovery was James Dean.

Born in Montclair, NJ Dick (as he was known to friends) started his
career as an actor/model in New York.

He was soon placed under contract to Warner Bros. where he appeared in
over 30 films including Knute Rockne-All American, High Sierra, Hunch
Back of Notre Dame, and A Very Young Lady where he gave Jane Withers
her first screen kiss.

At the outbreak of World War II Dick enlisted in the Navy and was a
recipient of a Purple Heart.

Toward the end of Dick's acting career he met James Dean when they
both appeared in the Martin and Lewis film Sailor Beware. It was
around this time that Clayton went to work at Famous Artist Agency.

Because of his ability for discovering new talent, Dick quickly moved
up the ranks and became one of the top agents in Hollywood.

After decades of agenting Dick became the personal manager for Burt
Reynolds whom he managed for 22 years and helped to make the number
one box office star in the world.

Dick was highly respected throughout his lifetime and had
unquestionable integrity. In lieu of flowers Dick's favorite charity
was Angel Food Project of Los Angeles.


"It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens." - Woody Allen

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