Bert Schneider, the Oscar-winning film producer responsible for such classics as Easy Rider and Hearts and Minds, has died at the age of 78. He reportedly died as a result of ‘natural causes’.
Along with Bob Rafelson, his partner in Raybert Productions (later BBS Productions with the addition of Steve Blauner), Bert Schneider was one of a generation of film-makers who helped capture the zeitgeist of late 60s and early 70s America. Easy Rider remains one of the most popular films of the era.
Schneider and Rafelson started out working on TV, where they brought together The Monkees. But it was for his film work that Schneider is arguably best remembered, and during the 70s he helped produce a string of classics, including The Last Picture Show and Days of Heaven. He retired from the film business in the 80s, spending much of his subsequent time on political causes.