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Bob Rafelson, the Oscar-nominated director of Five Easy Pieces, is dead at age 89

Bob Rafelson, the Oscar-nominated director of Five Easy Pieces and co-creator of The Monkees TV present, is dead at age 89

  • Rafelson died of natural causes at his house in Aspen, Colorado
  • He’s greatest identified for guiding Five Easy Pieces, which stars Jack Nicholson
  • Rafelson additionally co-created The Monkees and their TV present
  • He was an icon of impartial movie manufacturing in the Nineteen Sixties and ’70s

Bob Rafelson, the filmmaker who earned an Oscar nomination for his basic movie Five Easy Pieces, has died at 89.

The director died at his house in Aspen, Colorado, of natural causes, based on Deadline.

In addition to his many collaborations with actor Jack Nicholson — who earned his personal Academy Award nomination for Five Easy Pieces — Rafelson was identified for co-creating The Monkees and their eponymous TV present together with his producing partner Bert Schneider.

Bob Rafelson, the Oscar-nominated director of Five Easy Pieces, has died at his Aspen, Colorado, house of natural causes at 89, based on Deadline; pictured in 1990

Rafelson started his career in the Fifties as a narrative editor for televised performs, and by the early Nineteen Sixties he had moved as much as producing.

By the center of the decade, he met his future work partner Bert Schneider, and the two created BBS Productions, together with Schneider’s friend Stephen Blauner.

The company’s first TV present was the Monkees, and Rafelson would later declare that he had come up for the thought of a present a few rock band even earlier than the launch of A Hard Day’s Night, and even earlier than The Beatles got here into existence.

The beginning: Rafelson co-created The Monkees with his producing partner Bert Schneider; seen in 1970

The starting: Rafelson co-created The Monkees together with his producing partner Bert Schneider; seen in 1970

Getting serious: Rafelson directed the band's cult classic film Head in 1968, which was co-written by Jack Nicholson, who had a brief cameo; The Monkees seen in 1967 in Los Angeles

Getting critical: Rafelson directed the band’s cult basic movie Head in 1968, which was co-written by Jack Nicholson, who had a quick cameo; The Monkees seen in 1967 in Los Angeles

After failing to draw present rock bands, he and Schneider created the group that may develop into often known as The Monkees to ensure that them to star on the sequence of the identical title, which ran from 1966 to 1968.

In 1968, BBS produced the movie Head, which starred The Monkees and had a zany, surreal fashion that was indebted to European artwork movies. 

The movie wasn’t nicely acquired by critics or audiences at the time — although it has subsequently been reevaluated as a cult basic — nevertheless it cemented a working relationship with Rafelson’s friend Jack Nicholson, who co-wrote the film and makes a quick fourth wall–breaking look in the movie. 

Rafelson and BBS had their first massive success with 1969’s Easy Rider, which was directed by Dennis Hopper and produced by Peter Fonda, with each starring in the leads together with a serious supporting function by Nicholson.

Rafelson served as an uncredited advisor on the film, and it went on to develop into a serious vital and industrial success.

Rafelson and BBS had their first big success with 1969's Easy Rider, on which he served as an uncredited advisor; (L–R) director and star Dennis Hopper, producer and star Peter Fonda and actor Jack Nicholson pictured in the film

Rafelson and BBS had their first massive success with 1969’s Easy Rider, on which he served as an uncredited advisor; (L–R) director and star Dennis Hopper, producer and star Peter Fonda and actor Jack Nicholson pictured in the movie

He adopted it up by directing Nineteen Seventies Five Easy Pieces, which featured Nicholson as an oil rig laborer who can not seem to discover peace at his job or together with his girlfriend (Karen Black).

He heads out west for a go to together with his sister, shedding his accent and revealing that he is a piano virtuoso who left his outdated life behind.

Rafelson was nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Picture for producing, together with Best Original Screenplay for co-writing it with Adrien Joyce. Nicholson and Black additionally acquired Best Actor and Supporting Actress nominations.

American classic: Rafelson was nominated for Oscars for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for Five Easy Pieces (1970), while Nicholson was nominated for Best Actor and Karen Black (pictured) was nominated for Best Supporting Actress

American basic: Rafelson was nominated for Oscars for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for Five Easy Pieces (1970), whereas Nicholson was nominated for Best Actor and Karen Black (pictured) was nominated for Best Supporting Actress

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