Hollywood Era Director Bob Rafelson Dies at 89

Hollywood-era director Bob Rafelson died on Saturday at the age of 89.

Gabrielle Taurek Rafelson, Bob’s wife, said that he died at his home in Aspen, Colorado, on Saturday in the company of his family.

Taurek said that Bob had lung cancer when she confirmed his death.

Bob is known for co-creating the fictional pop music group and television series “The Monkees” with the late Bert Schneider, winning an Emmy award for outstanding comedy series in 1967.

However, Bob is best known for his work during the New Hollywood era, where a classical studio system gave way to a batch of young voices and fresh filmmaking styles, helping usher in talents such as Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, Francis Ford Coppola, and Steven Spielberg.

Bob also produced seminal New Hollywood classics including Peter Bogdanovich’s “The Last Picture Show” and Dennis Hopper’s “Easy Rider”.

Bob left Hollywood two decades ago to focus on raising his two sons, Ethan and Harper, in Aspen, Colorado. 

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