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Claydes Smith, Vincent Sherman

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"Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the 
grave. Our birth is nothing but our death begun." Bishop Hall

Welcome to another edition of Dead End.

This week we say goodbye to Claydes Charles Smith, one of 
the co-founders of Kool & the Gang and lead guitarist for 
the group. He died Tuesday at the age of 57. We also say 
goodbye to Warner Bros. director Vincent Sherman, character 
actor Arthur Franz, and Frederick Franck - artist, author 
and spiritual authority.

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One of the co-founders of the music group Kool & the Gang, 
Claydes Charles Smith, died Tuesday after a long illness. He
was 57. Smith was also the lead guitarist of the group. Kool 
& the Gang grew from jazz roots in the 1960s to become one 
of the major groups of the 1970s, reported CNN.com. Smith 
was responsible for writing the hits "Joanna" and "Take My 
Heart," and co-wrote others, including "Celebration," 
"Hollywood Swinging" and "Jungle Boogie." His father intro-
duced him to jazz guitar in the early 1960s. Later in that 
decade, Smith joined the group of New Jersey jazz musicians, 
including Ronald Bell, Robert "Kool" Bell, George Brown, 
Dennis Thomas and Robert "Spike" Mickens, who would become 
Kool & the Gang.

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Vincent Sherman, whose film directing career began in 1939 at 
Warner Bros. in Hollywood, Calif., and who made 30 movies and 
television shows, has died at 99. Sherman died Sunday at the 
Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, the 
Los Angeles Times reported. In 1937, he was hired by Warner 
Bros. to rewrite old scripts for the B-picture unit. He went 
on to direct films starring Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis and 
Errol Flynn in the 1940s. In 1943, Sherman directed "The Hard 
Way," which was spotlighted as a forgotten masterpiece at the 
Telluride Film Festival in 1996. During the McCarthy era, 
Sherman was "gray listed" and lost what he considered his most 
productive years for standing by colleagues accused of being 
communist. He is survived by his son Eric, companion Francine 
York, daughter Hedwin Naimark, four grandchildren and three 


Character actor Arthur Franz has died from heart failure and 
emphysema at St. John's Hospital in Oxnard Calif., at age 86.
Franz is best known for his role in the 1957 film "Hellcats 
of the Navy," which also featured Ronald Reagan and his wife, 
Nancy Davis, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. Usually 
playing a sympathetic and friendly character, Franz, in the 
prime of his career had very steady work. He had one star-
ring role, which earned him the best reviews of his career, 
in the 1952 blockbuster "The Sniper" in which he played an 
ex-soldier who goes on a rampage in San Francisco. Franz 
played a character the exact opposite of his usual screen 
roles. For nearly 30 years, he often had guest roles on such 
popular television series as "Perry Mason," "The FBI," "The 
Mod Squad," "The Virginian" and "Rawhide." Survivors include 
his fourth wife, Sharon; daughters Gina Martenson and Melissa 
Franz, and his son, Michael. 

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Frederick Franck, artist, author and spiritual authority, 
died June 5 at his home in Warwick, N.Y., at the age of 97. 
The New York Times said Franck died of congestive heart 
failure. Franck's works are displayed around the country. 
He is known for spare sculptures of steel, glass and wood 
depicting mystical scenes, the Times said. The struggling 
Central Ward of Newark, N.J. includes four of Franck's out-
door sculptures representing rebirth. Franck's paintings and 
drawings are on display at the Museum of Modern Art and the 
Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Franck also was 
the author of numerous books, including "The Zen of Seeing 
-- Seeing and Drawing as Meditation" (1973) and "To Be Human 
Against All Odds" (1991). The Times said Franck died at his 
home near a park dedicated to peace where his works are 

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Notable deaths this week in history...

In 1959, Ethel Barrymore, last of the trio known to Broadway 
and Hollywood as "The Royal Family" of acting, died of a 
heart ailment. She was 79.

In 1969, Judy Garland, one of MGM's biggest stars, who 
starred in some of the studio's greatest musicals, including 
The Wizard of Oz, died of an accidental overdose. She was 47.

In 1987, actor and comedian Jackie Gleason, best known for 
his classic television series The Honeymooners and his 
character Ralph Kramden, died at the age of 71.

In 1995, Dr. Jonas Salk, who in the 1950's developed the 
first successful vaccine against polio, died of heart 
failure at the age of 80.

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