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Overview (2)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameRobert Jay Rafelson

Mini Bio (1)

Bob Rafelson is an American film director, writer and producer. He is regarded as one of the founders of the New Hollywood movement in the 1970s. Among his best-known films are Five Easy Pieces (1970), The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981).

He was also one of the creators of the pop group and TV series The Monkees (1966).

Rafelson's debut as a director was Head, a feature film starring the Monkees. Co-written with friend Jack Nicholson, and featuring appearances by Nicholson, Victor Mature, Teri Garr, Carol Doda, Annette Funicello, Frank Zappa, Sonny Liston, Timothy Carey, Ray Nitschke, and Dennis Hopper.

Rafelson did six films with Jack Nicholson, Head (1968), Five Easy Pieces (1970), The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), Man Trouble (1992), and Blood and Wine (1996).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Spouse (2)

Toby Carr Rafelson (November 1955 - 1977) ( divorced)
Gabrielle Taurek (? - present)

Trade Mark (1)

Often casts Jack Nicholson

Trivia (31)

Nephew of Samson Raphaelson.
Co-created The Monkees, along with Bert Schneider.
He opened Belgrade Film Festival - FEST 2007.
Father of Peter Rafelson.
Festivals - invites and screenings:.
Cannes Film Festival - Head (1968) and Easy Rider (1969) (international premiere). [1968]
Edinburgh - Five Easy Pieces (1970) (premiere). [1970]
Cartengra - Five Easy Pieces (First Prize). [1970]
New York Film Festival - Five Easy Pieces (1970). [1970]
New York Film Festival - The King of Marvin Gardens (1972). [1972]
Cannes Film Festival - The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) (international premiere). [1981]
Venice International Film Festival - jury and tribute. [1983]
San Sebastian Film Festival - Blood and Wine (1996) (international premiere).
San Sebastian Film Festival - retrospective tribute. [1996]
Telluride Film Festival. [1997]
Aspen Film Festival Tribute Award. [1999]
Midnight Sun Film Festival (Finland) - tribute. [2000]
Mar del Plata (Argentina) - tribute. [2003]
Moscow Film Festival - tribute. [2002]
International Thessalonica Film Festival - tribute. [2002]
Roger Ebert Overlooked Film Festival - Blood and Wine (1996). [2003]
Denver International Film Festival - tribute. [2004]
Taormina BNL Film Festival - Achievement Award. [2005]
Guadalajara - retrospective tribute. [2005]
New York State Writers Institute (Albany, NY) - tribute. [2005]
George Eastman House (Rochester, NY) - tribute. [2006]
Kazmierek, Poland - Achievement Award. [2006]
Tbilisi International Film Festival (Georgia) - tribute and Achievement Award. [2007]
Serbia - tribute and Achievement Award. [2008]
Directed two actors in Oscar nominated performances: Jack Nicholson and Karen Black in Five Easy Pieces (1970).
Antalya International Golden Orange Film Festival, Antalya, Turkey [October 2009]

Personal Quotes (2)

[In a 1981 interview] In '7, I said I'll be lucky if I direct ten pictures in my life. It looks like I'm on schedule.
I regard film not as a sacred parchment, but as a pliable canvas.

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