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Bob Rafelson

Bob Rafelson

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Born: February 21, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Director ...
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During teens, worked as rodeo rider in Arizona, a jazz bass player and drummer in Acapulco and a tramp seaman
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Did US Army service in Japan; worked as disc jockey for Far East Network, a translator of Japanese films and an advisor to Shochiku Company
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Returned to New York City, began working for David Susskind as story editor on TV's "Play of the Week"
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Writer, associate producer, script supervisor for DuPont Show of the Month
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Moved to California, worked as producer for Screen Gems; met Bert Schneider
1966:
With Bert Schneider, created "The Monkees" TV series
1968:
Formed BBS productions with Bert Schneider and Steve Blauner
1968:
Directed, co-produced and co-wrote (with Jack Nicholson) first feature, "Head", starring The Monkees
1969:
Co-executive producer (uncredited) together with Schneider of "Easy Rider"
1970:
Scored big success as director of "Five Easy Pieces", providing Jack Nicholson's first mainstream starring role; also produced and credited for story
1971:
BBS produced Peter Bogdanovich's "The Last Picture Show" and Henry Jaglom's "A Safe Place"
1972:
Reteamed with Nicholson, directing, co-writing and producing "The King of Marvin Gardens", the second part of their trilogy of the dysfunctional family
1972:
BBS produced Nicholson's directorial debut, "Drive, He Said"
1975:
Co-scripted, directed and produced "Stay Hungry", an adaptation of Charles Gaines' novel about body-building in the "New South", launching feature careers of Sally Field and Arnold Schwarzenegger
1979:
His dismissal as director of "Brubaker" led Rafelson and Fox to bring lawsuits against one another
1981:
Remake of "The Postman Always Rings Twice" brought director Rafelson into collaboration with writer David Mamet and actors Jessica Lange and Nicholson
1987:
Completed first film within the studio system, "Black Widow", ironically for past adversary Fox
1990:
Delivered vivid, stimulating, satisfying account of explorer Sir Richard Burton's search for the source of the Nile River in "Mountains of the Moon"; screenplay by Rafelson and William Harrison based on the latter's biographical novel "Burton and Speke" and on actual journals of the two explorers
1992:
Misfired badly with "Man Trouble" despite the presence of Nicholson in the cast and a script by "Five Easy Pieces" screenwriter Carole Eastman (Adrian Joyce)
1995:
One of six directors contributing a 30-minute section to Showtime's "Picture Windows" (other directors: Norman Jewison, Peter Bogdanovich, Jonathan Kaplan, Joe Dante and John Boorman)
1997:
Final installment of Nicholson-Rafelson trilogy on the dysfunctional family, "Blood and Wine"; sixth time Nicholson had acted in a Rafelson-directed feature
1998:
Directed HBO movie "Poodle Springs", adapted by Tom Stoppard from the Robert B Parker novel based on an unfinished Raymond Chandler story

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