Raised in New Rochelle, NY
After expulsion from Cornell, went to work for his father Abraham at Screen Gems, the television division of Columbia Pictures
Quit Screen Gems to form Raybert Productions with Bob Rafelson
Produced the NBC series "The Monkees," featuring the titular musical group; co-created with Bob Rafelson; made a cameo during an episode that aired in 1968
Early executive producing credit, The Monkees' feature film "Head" directed by Rafelson
First film collaboration with Jack Nicholson, "Easy Rider" in which Nicholson played a supporting role; directed by Dennis Hopper; made for less than $300,000, the film grossed $20 million in box office
Executive produced the drama "Five Easy Pieces," starring Nicholson and directed by Rafelson
Executive produced the Oscar-winning "The Last Picture Show," directed by Peter Bogdanovich
Produced Nicholson's feature directorial debut "Drive, He Said"
Produced the Vietnam War documentary "Hearts and Minds"; won the Oscar for Best Documentary, Features; while accepting the Oscar, read a telegram offering "greetings of friendship" from the head of the North Vietnamese delegation to the Paris peace talks, which prompted protests from Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra
Produced Terrence Malick's romantic drama "Days of Heaven," starring Richard Gere and Sam Shepard
Produced final film, Michie Gleason's "Broken English"
Featured in the documentary "Hey, Hey We're the Monkees"
Partly inspired Peter Fonda's character Terry Valentine in the Steven Soderbergh crime drama "The Limey"