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James Farrell Claytor, Sr. (14 August 193429 August 2010; age 76) was an art director at Paramount Studios. He served as set designer on the last eight episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's second season. He was born in Caddo Mills, Texas.

Claytor shared an Emmy Award nomination for his work as art director of the 1977 television miniseres Washington: Behind Closed Doors. The cast of this production included Phillip Richard Allen, Diana Ewing, Meg Foster, Skip Homeier, and Alan Oppenheimer.

In 1979, Claytor was art director of the short-lived sitcom Working Stiffs, on which Phil Rubenstein was a regular. Claytor then became the art director for two much more successful sitcoms, Mork & Mindy (starring Robin Williams) and Family Ties (featuring Brian Bonsall).

Claytor was also art director on the 1982 film Pandemonium, working with set decorator Charles M. Graffeo. David L. Lander had a supporting role in this film. Ten years later, Claytor was an assistant art director on the film Honeymoon in Vegas, which had him working alongside set decorator Linda DeScenna. This film's cast included Seymour Cassel, Robert Costanzo, Brent Hinkley, and Keone Young.

In the 1990s, Claytor became a set designer and, with the exception of his stint on Deep Space Nine, worked solely on feature films. Among his credits during this time were Hot Shots! Part Deux (featuring Brenda Bakke, Miguel Ferrer, Andreas Katsulas, Clyde Kusatsu, Mitch Ryan, and Gregory Sierra, with photography by John Leonetti), Eddie Murphy's comedies The Nutty Professor and Metro (the latter edited by Peter E. Berger), Contact (featuring Geoffrey Blake, Robin Gammell, and Tucker Smallwood), and Species II (featuring James Cromwell and cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti).

Claytor died in Gresham, Oregon, fifteen days after his 76th birthday. He is survived by his sons, Erick and Butch. [1]

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