Lawrence Clayton who was part of the stars in “The Color Purple” and “Dreamgirls” on Broadway, has died at the age of 64. He died some days ago, after a two-year battle with glioblastoma cancer, Variety reports.
According to the report by Deadline, which also reported the sad news, said Clayton’s death was confirmed by the Buchwald talent agency. He died on November 2nd, 2020.
Born on Oct. 10, 1956, in Mocksville, N.C., Lawrence Clayton attended North Carolina Central University and eventually made his way to New York City to pursue theatre.
Lawrence Clayton made his Broadway debut in “Dreamgirls” in 1981 in the role of Effie White’s brother, C.C. White.
Clayton also held roles in “The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club” in 1992, 1996’s “Once Upon a Mattress,” “The Civil War” and “It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues” in 1999 and 2001’s “Bells Are Ringing.” In addition, Clayton appeared in touring productions of “Dreamgirls,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Les Miserables.” His most recent Broadway role was in 2015’s revival of “The Color Purple,” in which he played Old Mister
He also held several guest roles on television shows such as “The Equalizer,” “Deadline,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “As the World Turns,” “The Big C,” “Homeland,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Elementary.” His most recent television role was on the hit show “Pose,” in which he played the stepfather of Billy Porter’s character, Pray Tell.
Funeral services for Clayton were held at Woody’s Funeral Home in Orange, N.J.
He is survived by his wife, Linda, and their son, Matthew