Bob Rafelson Biography (1933-)

Full name, Robert Rafelson; born February 21, 1933, in New York, NY; father,a hat manufacturer; cousin of Samson Raphaelson (a playwright and screenwriter); married Toby Carr (a production designer and art director; separated, c.1977); children: Peter (an actor and musician), Julie (deceased).

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, producer, writer, actor
Birth Details
February 21, 1933
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Producer and director, Head, Columbia, 1968
  • Co-executive producer, Easy Rider, Columbia, 1969
  • Producer and director, Five Easy Pieces, Columbia, 1970
  • Coproducer, The Last Picture Show (also known as Chincheroand The Last Movie), Columbia, 1971
  • Coproducer, Drive, He Said, Columbia, 1972
  • Producer and director, The King of Marvin Gardens, Columbia, 1972
  • Producer and director, Stay Hungry, United Artists, 1976
  • Producer and director, The Postman Always Rings Twice (also knownas Wenn der Postmann zweimal Klingelt), Paramount, 1981
  • Director, Modesty, 1981
  • Director, The Black Widow, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987
  • Director, Mountains of the Moon, TriStar, 1990
  • Director, Man Trouble, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Director, "Wet" (also known as "Feucht"), Tales of Erotica (also known as Erotic Tales), Trimark Pictures, 1996
  • Director, Blood and Wine, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997
  • Director and editor, Erotic Tales--Porn.com, Atlas International Film, 2002
  • Director, The House on Turk Street, Remstar Distribution, 2002
  • Film Appearances
  • Head, Columbia, 1968
  • Director of "The Postman Always Rings Twice," Notre Dame de la croisette, 1981
  • Gangster, Mora..., 1982
  • David's neighbor, Always (but Not Forever) (also known as Always), Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1985
  • Man at mall, Leaving Las Vegas, United Artists, 1995
  • Himself, Who Is Henry Jaglom?, First Run Pictures, 1996
  • Matty Bonkers, Erotic Tales--Porn.com, Atlas International Film, 2002
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Creator (with Bert Schneider) and executive producer, The Monkees,NBC, 1967-1968
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • (As Robert Rafelson) "Monkees on Tour," The Monkees, NBC, 1967
  • (As Robert Rafelson) "Monkees in Paris," The Monkees, NBC, 1968
  • Directed four other episodes of the series The Monkees, NBC.
  • Other
  • "Armed Response," Picture Windows (miniseries; also known as Picture Windows: Language of the Heart), Showtime, 1995
  • Poodle Springs (movie), HBO, 1998
  • Television Appearances
  • Episodic
  • World's oldest flower child, "Monkees Race Again," The Monkees, NBC, 1968
  • Specials
  • "Jessica Lange: It's Only Make-Believe," Crazy about the Movies, Cinemax, 1991
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Jack Nicholson, CBS, 1994
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • (With Jack Nicholson) Head, Columbia, 1968
  • (With Charles Gaines) Stay Hungry (based on a novel by Gaines), United Artists, 1976
  • (With William Harrison) Mountains of the Moon (based on the novelBurton and Speke by Harrison and on original journals by Richard Burton and John Hanning), TriStar, 1990
  • "Wet" (also known as "Feucht"), Tales of Erotica (also known as Erotic Tales), Trimark Pictures, 1996
  • Blood and Wine, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997
  • Erotic Tales--Porn.com, Atlas International Film, 2002
  • The House on Turk Street, Remstar Distribution, 2002
  • Television Episodes
  • (As Robert Rafelson) "Monkees on Tour," The Monkees, NBC, 1967
  • (As Robert Rafelson) "Monkees in Paris," The Monkees, NBC, 1968
  • Also wrote episodes of the series DuPont Show of the Month, NBC; adaptor of thirty-four productions for Play of the Week.

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • The film Five Easy Pieces was based on a story by Rafelson and Adrien Joyce; The King of Marvin Gardens was based on a story by Rafelsonand Jacob Brackman.
OTHER SOURCES
    Books
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors, St. James Press, 1996
    Periodicals
    • Premiere, February, 1997, pp. 41-44

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