Hollywood Insider Behind ‘Bewitched,’ ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ Dead at 81 — His Big-Screen Classics Included ‘Easy Rider,’ ‘Five Easy Pieces’

Jun 18, 2015  •  Post A Comment

A veteran producer and manager who had a hand in classic TV shows as well as acclaimed feature films has died. Variety reports that Steve Blauner, who was singer Bobby Darin’s longtime manager and a partner of Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson in BBS productions, died Tuesday, June 16, at his home in Marina Del Rey, Calif.

Blauner had been suffering from complications related to a broken hip. He was 81.

Blauner worked at Screen Gems early in his career and was involved with a number of successful shows, including “Bewitched,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Hazel” and “The Monkees,” the report notes. He later joined Schneider and Rafelson in BBS, which went on to put out a string of classic movies, including “Easy Rider,” “Five Easy Pieces” and “The Last Picture Show.” The team also released the Oscar-winning documentary “Hearts and Minds” in 1974.

Blauer, who was responsible for distribution while at BBS, also produced the 1979 movie “Richard Pryor: Live in Concert.”

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