This 1960 publicity photo provided by MGM shows director, Robert Wise, center, with first assistant director, Robert Relyea, right, on set during the production of the film, "Westside Story," in New York. Relyea, a film producer and assistant director whose credits included “The Magnificent Seven,” and collaborated with Steve McQueen on several films, including “Bullitt,” “Le Mans” and “The Reivers,” has died. A spokeswoman for Relyea says he died at 82 on March 5, 2013 of natural causes in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/MGM, Courtesy Robert Relyea Collection)
Friday, March 15, 2013 5:16 pm
'Bullitt' producer Robert E. Relyea dies
By DERRIK J. LANGAP Entertainment Writer
A spokeswoman for Relyea says he died March 5 of natural causes in Los Angeles.
Relyea's career spanned over 40 years. He worked with stars such as John Wayne on "The Alamo" and Elvis Presley on "Jailhouse Rock."
He collaborated with Steve McQueen on several films, including "Bullitt," "Le Mans" and "The Reivers."
Relyea started as an MGM crew member in 1955 and served as president of production at MGM-United Artists from 1997 to 2001. He released his autobiography, "Not So Quiet on the Set," in 2008.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; five children; two stepchildren and grandchildren.