digital desk, Los Angeles. Writer-director Bob Rafelson died of natural causes at the age of 89 at his home in Aspen, Colorado.
Bob Rafelson’s ex-wife, Gabrielle, has confirmed the news of his death, reports Deadline.
Rafelson was a major figure in the American film industry as a writer, director and producer, and co-produced the television show The Monkeys.
Rafelson collaborated with Hollywood star Jack Nicholson on seven films including Five Easy Pieces and The King of Marvin Gardens.
The 1966 NBC show The Monkeys, which brought a young musical group together in an open casting call, still resonates today.
The show won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1967 and made the group famous: Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork.
Raphaelson directed the set in 1968, when the 58-episode run on television ended.
As Deadline reports, Rafelson directed several episodes and served as producer and EP. He also received writing credits on two shows.
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