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      Bob Rafelson

      Bob Rafelson

      Highest Rated: 96% The Mother and the Whore (1973)

      Lowest Rated: 7% Man Trouble (1992)

      Birthday: Feb 21, 1933

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Though most often identified as being a chief collaborator with actor Jack Nicholson, producer-director Bob Rafelson made his name and fortune as one of the creators of "The Monkees" (NBC, 1966-68), a popular sitcom that exploded into a cultural phenomenon. Prior to that success, Rafelson worked as a lower-level producer on a few anthology series before partnering with producer Bert Schneider to form Raybert Productions, which later became BBS Productions. After he directed the Monkees' cult hit "Head" (1968), the pair entered the age of New Hollywood by executive producing the counterculture classic, "Easy Rider" (1969), while Rafelson turned Nicholson into a viable leading man with "Five Easy Pieces" (1970), easily the director's best film. He went on to turn TV star Sally Field into a major film actress with "Stay Hungry" (1975) and helped pull Jessica Lange out of the doldrums with "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1981). After waiting six years to direct "Black Widow" (1987), he made his most personal film, "Mountains of the Moon" (1990). Rafelson remained an influential filmmaker whose best work with Nicholson helped usher in a new era of Hollywood moviemaking.

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      MAN TROUBLE, director Bob Rafelson (r.) on set, 1992, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. BLACK WIDOW, director Bob Rafelson, 1987, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. FIVE EASY PIECES, Jack Nicholson, director Bob Rafelson on set, 1970 THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, director Bob Rafelson, Jessica Lange, Jack Nicholson, cinematographer Sven Nykvist watching playback on set, 1981, (c) Paramount MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON, director Bob Rafelson, 1990, ┬ęTriStar Pictures /

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      25% 25% The House on Turk Street Director - 2002
      No Score Yet 19% Poodle Springs Director - 1998
      61% 35% Blood and Wine Director,
      Writer
      $1.1M 1996
      60% 20% Tales of Erotica Director - 1994
      7% 14% Man Trouble Director $3.5M 1992
      65% 77% Mountains of the Moon Director $1.4M 1990
      54% 41% Black Widow Director $22.7M 1987
      No Score Yet 31% Always Sam (Character) $41.8M 1985
      79% 58% The Postman Always Rings Twice Director,
      Producer
      - 1981
      67% 40% Stay Hungry Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1976
      96% 92% The Mother and the Whore Producer $11.2K 1973
      71% 58% The King of Marvin Gardens Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1972
      89% 84% Five Easy Pieces Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1970
      84% 82% Easy Rider Producer - 1969
      71% 71% Head Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1968

      TV

      Credit
      82% No Score Yet The Monkees Producer 1966-1968