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

Producer Jules Bass has died at 87…after a career spanning more than five decades in Hollywood

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

Jules Bass, the producer behind Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, died Tuesday at age 87 in an assisted living facility in New York City.

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

In addition to helping spread Christmas cheer through his holiday television specials, including Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, he has written several children’s books.

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

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

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

In 2005, Rankin praised Bass and said that they “sort of complemented each other” as they “each had certain talents”, the other did not.

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

Holiday Essentials: In addition to helping spread Christmas cheer through his holiday TV specials, including Santa's Coming to Town, he's written several children's books.

Holiday Essentials: In addition to helping spread Christmas cheer through his holiday TV specials, including Santa’s Coming to Town, he’s written several children’s books.

“He had some talents that I didn’t have, and I had some 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 said , who mainly worked in animation, before his death in early 2014.

The couple then received a Peabody in 1978 for their animated version of The Hobbit.

Their prolific television work 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 Santa (1974), and more.

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

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

They founded Rankin/Bass Productions in 1960, which they closed in 1987.

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

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