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Lou Clayton

Born: Mar 12, 1890

Death: Sep 12, 1950

Birthplace: Brooklyn

Profession: Actor

Nationality: United States

Lou Clayton

Date of Birth : Mar 12, 1890
Date of Death : Sep 12, 1950
Birth Place : Brooklyn

Lou Clayton was an American song-and-dance vaudeville performer, best known for his teaming with Jimmy Durante and Eddie Jackson, as Clayton, Jackson, and Durante, or "The Three Sawdust Bums". Before meeting Durante, by January 1921 Clayton and Cliff Edwards, working as a duo, had already achieved the most coveted booking in all of vaudeville, appearing as the headliners at the Palace Theater in Times Square. He'd also appeared in Broadway shows as early as 1916, billed as a single and as "Clayton & White". Clayton met Durante and Jackson at their speakeasy, the Club Durant, in early 1923. Clayton became their business partners, writing and performing songs while running the club. After the very popular Club Durant was padlocked by the police for liquor violations and closed, they opened the similar Club Dover and took their show to other nightclubs such as the Rendezvous Club, owned by Gandolfo "Frankie Marlow" Curto. There Clayton was the first to hire a young singer, Ethel Zimmermann, later known as Ethel Merman. The trio made their vaudeville debut at Loew's State on Broadway in March 1927, with an act that literally included breaking up furniture.


  • Actor

Also known as

  • Clayton
  • Louis Finkelstein
  • Lew Clayton
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