Richard Clayton

born: 12 June 1915
Montclair, New Jersey,
United States of America
died: 29 September 2008
Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
(congestive heart failure, age 93)

American actor. His 1940 WWII Draft Card reads "Joseph Edward Coan". A hand-written notation in the upper margin of the card reads: "5/19/42 name legally changed to Richard Clayton". His employer is Warner Bros Studios and his birthday is given as "June 4th" (sic).
He: enlisted in the US Navy in WWII and received a Purple Heart for his wounds.
- acted in over 30 movies.
- gave Jane Withers her first "screen kiss".
- became a talent agent.
- discovered actor James Dean and many other actors who became famous.
- was personal manager for actor Burt Reynolds for 22 years.
Real name: Joseph Edward Coan
Height: 5'10½"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


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Acknowledgements: (1915 Jun 12 Montclair, NJ Birth Index) (1940 Oct LA: WWII Draft Card: Ht. 5'10½": name change) (2008 Sep 29 obit & bio) (2008 Sep 29: bio & photos.
Jim Jarvis (bio notes and research)

This page was last updated on: 14 June 2023