Actor-turned-agent Richard Clayton, who repped James Dean, died Sept. 29 in Los Angeles from congestive heart failure. He was 93.
Born in Montclair, N.J., Clayton started his career as an actor and model in New York. He was placed under contract to Warner Bros., where he appeared in films including “Knute Rockne — All American,” “High Sierra,” “Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “A Very Young Lady.”
After seving in WWII, he met James Dean when they both appeared in “Sailor Beware.”
Clayton segued from acting to working at Famous Artists Agency, where he repped talent including Dean, Jane Fonda, Harrison Ford, Farrah Fawcett, Angie Dickinson and Nick Nolte.
After working as an agent for several decades, he became personal manager for Burt Reynolds, whom he managed for 22 years.