Another life gone this year. Robert E. Relyea, the film producer and director whose credits included “The Magnificent Seven” and one of the most beloved musicals of all time “West Side Story” has died. Relyea was 82. Relyea died of natural causes in Los Angeles on March 5, according to a spokewoman for Relyea.
Relyea had a long career. It spanned over 40 years, with he working alongside such stars as John Wayne on “The Alamo” and Elvis Presley on “Jailhouse Rock”. Steve McQueen was also a frequent collaborator of Relyea’s: they worked on several films together, including “Bullitt”, “Le Mans”, and “The Reivers.”
Relyea started his career as a MGM crew member back in 1955. He served as president of production at MGM-United Artists from 1997 to 2001. Later on in his life, he released his autobiography, “Not So Quiet on the Set,” in 2008.
Robert E. Relyea is survived by his wife, Dorothy, five children, two stepchildren and grandchildren. He will be missed.
Our condolences go out to his family and friends.