Bob Rafelson ,an iconic figure in the 1970s New Hollywood era deceased at the age of 89.

Rafelson died at his Aspen home.

Robert Rafelson (February 21, 1933 – July 23, 2022) was a film director, writer, and producer from the United States.

He was nominated for two oscars for "Five Easy Pieces".

Rafelson and the late Bert Schneider co-created the fictional pop music group and television series "The Monkees," which earned him an Emmy for outstanding comedy series in 1967.

Rafelson was born in New York City and was a distant cousin of screenwriter Samson Raphaelson of "The Jazz Singer."

Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson are among his admirers, and Coppola previously named him "one of the most important cinematic artists of his era."

While serving in the United States Army in Japan, he became interested in Japanese cinema and the works of Yasujiro Ozu, particularly "Tokyo Story."

Rafelson married his high school love after college, who worked as a production designer on his films and others.

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