Bob Rafelson, who? As famous director of Five East Pieces passes away at the age of 89, tributes flow in.
Bob Rafelson, a well-known film producer, writer, and director, has passed away at the age of 89. His wife Gabrielle Taurek Rafelson verified the information, stating that he passed away on July 23 with his loved ones at his side.
Rafelson lost the fight against lung cancer. That stated, his funeral arrangements have not yet been made public.
The career of Bob Rafelson in the entertainment sector
On the television program Play of the Week, Bob Rafelson first served as a story editor. In 1960, he wrote an episode of The Witness, and in 1963, he authored an episode of The Greatest Show on Earth.
In 1962, Rafelson moved his family to Hollywood, where he began working as an associate producer on numerous television programs and motion pictures. The two founded Raybert Productions in 1965 after meeting producer Bert Schneider, with their first endeavor being a TV program based on a rock ‘n’ roll band.
Rafelson’s escapades as a band member in Mexico served as the basis for the show. The Monkees was the name of the two-season NBC television program. Additionally, as producers in 1967, the pair took home the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
After that, Rafelson and Schneider created the record label Colgems and worked on the Head feature picture. Jack Nicholson contributed to the writing of the script, and their later partnership resulted in a number of other movies, including Five Easy Pieces, The King of Marvin Gardens, and others.
The following movie by Raybert Productions, Easy Rider, was released in 1969. Due to its success, the business was able to take on further projects. Stephen Blauner, a buddy from Schneider’s youth, joined the group after which the business changed its name to BBS Productions. Their list of notable films includes Five Easy Pieces, The Last Picture Show, and Hearts and Minds, the first of which received four Academy Award nominations.
In 1981, Rafelson and Jack Nicholson continued their partnership on a number of movies, including The Postman Always Rings Twice, Black Widow, Mountains of the Moon, Blood and Wine, and others. He has contributed essays to The Greatest Inventions of the Past 2,000 Years by John Brockman and the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
Rafelson is survived by his wife Gabrielle Taurek and his three sons – E.O., Harper and Peter Rafelson.