Clay Smith, who spent a few years as a senior producer at Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight, died Friday evening in Palm Springs, Calif. after a protracted battle with most cancers, in response to a good friend. He was 69.
Smith grew up in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri as one in every of three youngsters. He labored at Arista Data within the late Seventies and was briefly an artist supervisor and music supervisor.
Smith joined Leisure Tonight in 1983, segueing after 14 years to Entry Hollywood in 1997 as a supervising producer in command of music protection and the section producers, amongst different duties.
He grew to become the present’s film critic in 2002, and was the featured reviewer on its “Critic’s Picks” section. Smith appeared on KNBC and different NBC owned & operated stations throughout the nation, and on MSNBC as a critic.
In 2005, he returned to Leisure Tonight as a senior supervising producer, the place he continued his on-air film critiques for ET’s companion present, The Insider.
In 2014, he obtained an Emmy Award as senior supervising producer when Leisure Tonight gained for “Excellent Leisure Information Program.” He retired that yr.
Survivors embrace a sister and life associate Ralph Dailey. No data was instantly accessible on memorial plans.