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Bert Schneider
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    (May 5, 1933-December 12, 2011)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Produced the TV series The Monkees (1966-68)
    Produced the movies 'Head' (1968), 'Easy Rider' (1969), 'Five Easy Pieces' (1970), 'Drive, He Said' (1971), 'The Last Picture Show' (1971), 'Hearts and Minds' (1974) and 'Days of Heaven' (1978)
    He was expelled from Cornell for gambling, girls and poor grades.
    He got his first job in show biz thanks to his father, an executive at Columbia Pictures.
    In accepting a Best Documentary Oscar for 'Hearts and Minds,' he controversially read a telegram from the North Vietnamese delegation at the Paris peace talks.
    He helped Huey P. Newton flee to Cuba to avoid murder charges and helped Abbie Hoffman go underground to avoid drug charges.
    He was married four times, divorced three times.
    He dated a 16 year old from his daughter's school.
    He held a wake for a friend where the guests snorted the ashes of the deceased like cocaine.
    He was described as having 'the charisma of a movie star.'
    He personally provided the $400,000 to make 'Easy Rider,' which went on to gross over $60 million.
    He insisted over Dennis Hopper's objections on casting Jack Nicholson in 'Easy Rider,' launching him into stardom.
    He was a key figure in creating the 'New Hollywood' of the 70s.
    His house in Beverly Hills burned down (2007).

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