Jul 25, 2022
By Jeremy Logan
Bob Rafelson, an influential figure in the New Hollywood era of the 1970s who was nominated for two Oscars for “Five Easy Pieces,” has died. He was 89.
Gabrielle Taurek Rafelson says her husband died at his home in Aspen on Saturday surrounded by his family.
Rafelson directed and co-wrote “Five Easy Pieces,” about an upper-class pianist who yearns for a more blue-collar life, and “The King of Marvin Gardens,” about a depressed late-night-radio talk show host.
Both films starred Jack Nicholson and explored themes of the American dream gone haywire.
A favourite among peers such as Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson…Francis Ford Coppola once called Rafelson “one of the most important cinematic artists of his era.”