While talking about the actor's early life, he came from Mocksville, North Carolina. Following his college degree, Lawrence moved to New York to pursue a career in theater.
Clayton made his appearances on Broadway shows like "The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club," "Once Upon a Mattress," "It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues," "The Civil War," "The Color Purple," and "Bells are Ringing."
Lawrence is survived by his wife Linda Clayton and a son, Matthew Clayton. The family held the funeral service for him near their home in Orange, NJ, at Woody's Funeral Home.
Following the news, many fans and friends took to their social media to pay their condolences.
One fan wrote,
"Rest in power, Lawrence Clayton. It was such an honor to work with him. An incredible presence with an indelible voice."
McCarter Theater Center wrote,
"We are heartbroken this week to hear about the passing of a beloved member of the theatre community. Lawrence Clayton appeared at McCarter in our 2018 production of CROWNS, pictured here. We will remember him fondly – our thoughts are with his loved ones."