Robert Relyea dies but leaves Hollywood legacy
Robert Relyea dies: Director and movie producer, Robert Relyea worked on "West Side Story," "Bullitt," and "The Magnificent Seven," among other films.
(AP Photo/Courtesy Robert Relyea Collection, Lane Relyea)
The film producer and director whose credits included "The Magnificent Seven" and "West Side Story" has died. Robert E. Relyea was 82.
A spokeswoman for Relyea says he died March 5 of natural causes in Los Angeles.
"The 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt gained its fame from Steve McQueen’s Bullitt movie, it set pace as one of the most thrilling, and adrenalin packed car chases of its time, raw without any effects as we see in today’s films. And the scene that we all remember in Bullitt; a role played by McQueen as a San Francisco police Lt. chasing the bad guys who were in a Dodge Charger, that was the beginning of the success of the 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt Fastback.
In the movie, two Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390s were used and one was confirmed as destroyed while the other disappeared into a barn in the Southern United States."
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; five children; two stepchildren and grandchildren.
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