Robert E. Relyea, a producer-director whose worked on such movies as and before becoming president of production at MGM/UA in the late 1990s, has died of natural causes. He was 82.
There are conflicting reports about when he died: A spokeswoman for Relyea told the Associated Press that he died March 5 in Los Angeles, although family members told that he died March 12 at a Thousand Oaks hospital, which is just north of L.A.
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Born May 3, 1930, in Santa Monica, Relyea graduated from UCLA and got his start in the entertainment industry as an MGM crewmember in 1955. He first turned to directing, serving as a second assistant director on films like and later added producing to his resume.
He struck up a partnership with Steve McQueen, collaborating on such films as and Their partnership ended with the box office flopin 1971.
Over his 40-year career, he also worked with such actors as John Wayne () and Elvis Presley ().
He later joined Paramount as senior vp motion picture management and then became executive vp production at MGM/UA in 1993. He worked his way up the ranks to become president of production from 1997-2001, where supervised the James Bond films and as well as and among others.
Relyea released his autobiography, written with his son Craig, in 2008.
In addition to Craig, other survivors include his wife, Dorothy; children Steven, Lane, Brian and Kathleen; two stepchildren; and grandchildren.