Bob Rafelson, co-creator of ‘The Monkees’ and Director of the film ‘Five Easy Pieces’ has passed away. Five Easy Pieces earned Rafelson two Oscar nominations, for best picture and screenplay in 1971. He co-created the Monkees and the TV series of the same name, winning him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series alongside Bert Schneider in 1967. Rafelson directed several episodes and served as a producer and EP. He also received writing credits on two shows.
Later in his career, Rafelson directed the 1987 film Black Widow, starring Debra Winger, and Mountains of the Moon (1990); and two more films starring Nicholson in Man Trouble (1992) and Blood and Wine (1997). He also helmed No Good Deed (2002), leaving the business after that.