According to IMDb, Payton’s first credit was as “Crime Scene Onlooker” in the 2014 crime thriller The Breaking Point, which was filmed in his home state of Florida. He appeared in a few short films before his career started to pick up in 2019. His biggest credit before WandaVision was as a guest star on an episode of NBC cop procedural Chicago P.D. that year.
Payton had a small but important role on the season 7 premiere of Chicago P.D., “Doubt.” In the episode, he plays Antonio Dawson’s (John Seda) recovery sponsor. The episode wraps up the main character’s story, as Seda left the show betweens seasons 6 and 7. Payton appears when Ruzek (Patrick Flueger) goes looking for the missing Dawson and encounters the last person to have seen him, his sponsor Tony Mills. Ruzek at first assumes Mills is Dawson’s dealer, but then Mills sets the record straight, explaining that Dawson called him the night before needing his help with a drug craving, and they met up and spent all night talking. When Mills woke up in the morning, Dawson was gone. Mills is holding a baseball bat throughout the scene, as Ruzek was lurking around peeking in car windows and Mills thought he might have to scare him off.