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Clay Drayton (born 4 August 1947; age 72) is a songwriter, producer, musician, and actor who appeared as a Novan in the Star Trek: Enterprise first season episode "Terra Nova". He received no credit for this part and was identified by the call sheet of the shooting day. Drayton filmed his scene on Tuesday 14 August 2001 on Paramount Stage 9. He is the father of Trinity Drayton who played a Novan girl in this episode.
Drayton worked for Motown between 1970 and 1977 and has been involved in the music industry since. He wrote, arranged, and produced songs such as "Love Hangover" for Diana Ross, "The Life of the Party", "She's a Rhythm Child", "Window Shopping", "We’re Gonna Change Our Style", and "Cupid" for the The Jackson 5, "Do It Now" for Bette Midler, as well as songs for The Supremes, High Inergy, Jermaine Jackson, and Lenny Williams. In the 1960s, he was singer, bass player, and frontman of the formation Soul Excitement from Newark, New Jersey. He has earned gold and platinum records, worked as musical director on a US tour of Dee Dee Warwick, and performed in several venues in Las Vegas and California. Between 1977 and 1981 he signed with 20th Century Fox Music. He has been a member of the National Association of Recording Industry Professionals, ASCAP, and a voting member of the Grammy Association.
He has been the president of his music publishing companies Claytam and Troytiaco and has taught professional songwriting classes and seminars. His music has been featured in shows such as CBS This Morning Tuesday, America's Top Ten, The Jeffersons, The Carol Burnett Show, So You Think You Can Dance, Star Search, and Mad Men.
As an actor, Drayton had a background role as an airline passenger, sitting behind Cillian Murphy, in the thriller Red Eye (2005, with Angela Paton, Suzie Plakson, Robert Pine, Loren Lester, Dey Young, Dane Farwell, Beth Toussaint, Scott Leva, and Nathan Effron). He also appeared in Kevin Rodney Sullivan's comedy Guess Who (2005, with Zoe Saldana, Robert Curtis Brown, and Carl Ciarfalio). He has been a member of SAG-AFTRA and worked on commercials, television series, and feature films. He also worked as a talk show host for KNMT TV in Portland, Oregon for two years.