Producer Jules Bass has died at 87… following a more than five-decade career in Hollywood

Frosty the Snowman producer Jules Bass has died at 87 following a prolific career in Hollywood

Jules Bass, the producer behind Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and Frosty the Snowman, passed away at 87 in an assisted living facility in New York on Tuesday.

The talented director, who earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children’s Special in 1976, died of an age-related illnesses, according to his publicist Jennifer Fisherman, who confirmed the news to Deadline.

In addition to helping spread Christmas cheer through his holiday TV specials, including Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, he wrote multiple children’s books.

Rest in peace: Jules Bass, the producer behind Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and Frosty the Snowman, passed away at 84 in an assisted living facility in New York on Tuesday

His published works include Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon, Cooking With Herb and Headhunters, which was adapted into the hit 2011 film Monte Carlo, starring Selena Gomez.

After attending New York University and working for an advertising agency, Bass fatefully began working with the late Arthur Rankin, who he collaborated with on classics like Mad Monster Party and the TV series The New Adventures of Pinocchio.

In 2005, Rankin praised Bass and said they ‘sort of complemented each other’ as they each ‘had certain talents’ the other didn’t.

Prolific work: The talented director, who earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children's Special in 1976, died of an age-related illnesses, according to his publicist Jennifer Fisherman, who confirmed the news to Deadline

Prolific work: The talented director, who earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children’s Special in 1976, died of an age-related illnesses, according to his publicist Jennifer Fisherman, who confirmed the news to Deadline

Holiday staples: In addition to helping spread Christmas cheer through his holiday TV specials, including Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, he wrote multiple children's books

Holiday staples: In addition to helping spread Christmas cheer through his holiday TV specials, including Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, he wrote multiple children’s books

‘He had certain talents that I didn’t have, and I had certain talents that he didn’t have. I was basically an artist and a creator; he was a creator and a writer and a lyricist,’ the director, who mostly worked in animation, said before his passing in early 2014.

The pair went on to receive a Peabody in 1978 for their animated version of The Hobbit.

Their prolific work on TV includes The Ballad of Smokey the Bear (1966), The Wacky World of Mother Goose (1967), The Little Drummer Boy (1968), as well as the Easter special Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971), The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974), and more.

Author: His published works include Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon, Cooking With Herb and Headhunters, which was adapted into the hit 2011 film Monte Carlo, starring Selena Gomez

Author: His published works include Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon, Cooking With Herb and Headhunters, which was adapted into the hit 2011 film Monte Carlo, starring Selena Gomez

Additionally they teamed up to create the animated movie The Coneheads in 1983.

They formed Rankin/Bass Productions, in 1960, which they shut down in 1987.

Earlier this year, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Bass’ daughter, Jean Nicole Bass, died in January at age 61.

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