Born in New York City, Rafkin attended Admiral Farragut Academy in Pine Beach, New Jersey" Syracuse University in New New York
According to his autobiography Cue the Bunny on the Rainbow (its title is taken from a direction on Captain Kangaroo), Rafkin directed episodes of over 80 different sitcom series. During his career he worked with legendary producers such as Sheldon Leonard, Danny Thomas, and Norman Lear. Rafkin had endearing relationships with many of his actors including Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, Jerry Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart and Redd Foxx.
At the same time he had volatile relationships with several others including Demond Wilson and Craig T. Nelson.
Served with United States Army, 1950-1952.
Children– Dru, Leigh Annual.