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John Guilbert Avildsen (December 21, 1935 – June 16, 2017) was an American film director. He won the Academy Award for Best Director in 1977 for Rocky. Other films he directed include Joe (1970), Save the Tiger (1973), Fore Play
Fore Play
(1975), The Formula (1980), Neighbors (1981), For Keeps (1988), Lean on Me (1989), Rocky
Rocky
V (1990), The Power of One (1992), 8 Seconds
8 Seconds
(1994), Inferno (1999) and the first three The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid
films.

Contents

1 Life and family 2 Career 3 Death 4 Filmography 5 References 6 External links

Life and family[edit] Avildsen was born in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Ivy (née Guilbert) and Clarence John Avildsen.[1] He was educated at The Hotchkiss School
Hotchkiss School
and New York University.[2] Avildsen's first wife was Marie Olga Maturevich (Melissa McCall). After they divorced, he married actress Tracy Brooks Swope in 1987; they divorced in 2003.[2] He had four children. His estranged son Ash (born November 5, 1981), founded Sumerian Records.[3] Another son, Jonathan Avildsen, appeared in the films The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid
Part III and Rocky
Rocky
V. His eldest son was named Anthony and he had a daughter, Bridget.[4] Career[edit] Avildsen became a well-known director in the 1970s. After starting out as an assistant director on films by Arthur Penn
Arthur Penn
and Otto Preminger, John Avildsen received his first success with the low budget feature Joe (1970) which received critical acclaim for star Peter Boyle
Peter Boyle
and moderate box office business. This was followed by another critical success, Save the Tiger
Save the Tiger
(1973), that was nominated for three Oscars, winning Best Actor for star Jack Lemmon. Both Joe and Save the Tiger
Save the Tiger
were about losers, but as the '70s continued, Avildsen shifted to people who went on to be victorious. Avildsen's greatest success was Rocky
Rocky
(1976), which he directed working in conjunction with writer and star Sylvester Stallone. The film was a major critical and commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1976 and garnering ten Academy Award nominations and winning three, including Best Picture and Best Director. He later returned to direct what was expected to be the series' then-final installment, Rocky
Rocky
V (1990). (Later installments were released in 2006 and 2015). He directed the mystery-drama The Formula (1980), starring Marlon Brando and George C. Scott. His other films include Cry Uncle!
Cry Uncle!
(1971), Neighbors (1981), The Karate Kid (1984), The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid
Part II (1986), The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid
Part III (1989) and 8 Seconds
8 Seconds
(1994). He also directed the drama Lean On me, starring Morgan Freeman. Avildsen was the original director for both Serpico
Serpico
(1973) and Saturday Night Fever
Saturday Night Fever
(1977), but was fired over disputes with producers Martin Bregman and Robert Stigwood, respectively. His last-ever direction was the 1999 film Inferno, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. A documentary on the life, career and films of Avildsen was released in August 2017. John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017) is directed and produced by Derek Wayne Johnson
Derek Wayne Johnson
and features interviews with Sylvester Stallone, Ralph Macchio, Martin Scorsese, Jerry Weintraub, Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
amongst others. The documentary is a companion to the new book The Films of John G. Avildsen: Rocky, The Karate Kid, and other Underdogs, written by Larry Powell and Tom Garrett. Death[edit]

Wikinews has related news: Academy Award-winning director John G. Avildsen dies aged 81

Avildsen died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
on June 16, 2017. He was 81.[5][6] The cause of his death was pancreatic cancer, according to his son, Anthony Avildsen.[7] Filmography[edit]

Year Film Notes

1969 Turn on to Love

1970 Guess What We Learned in School Today?

Joe

1971 Cry Uncle!

1972 Okay Bill

1973 Save the Tiger

1974 The Stoolie

1975 Fore Play

W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings

1976 Rocky Academy Award for Best Director Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Director Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Direction

1978 Slow Dancing in the Big City

1980 The Formula

1981 Neighbors

1982 Traveling Hopefully Nominated – Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subject

1983 A Night in Heaven

1984 The Karate Kid

1986 The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid
Part II

1987 Happy New Year

1988 For Keeps

1989 Lean on Me

The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid
Part III

1990 Rocky
Rocky
V

1992 The Power of One

1994 8 Seconds

1999 Inferno

References[edit]

^ " John G. Avildsen
John G. Avildsen
Biography (1935-)". Filmreference.com. 1935-12-21. Retrieved 2012-10-18.  ^ a b Lentz, Harris III (August 2017). "John G. Avildsen, 81". Classic Images (506): 49.  ^ Gitter, Mike (September 25, 2012). " Sumerian Records
Sumerian Records
Founder Ash Avildsen on Success, 'Sumeriancore' and His Famous Father (Exclusive)". noisecreep.com. Retrieved June 17, 2017.  ^ Fleishman, Jeffrey (June 16, 2017). "'Rocky' director John G. Avildsen dies at 81". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. Retrieved June 19, 2017.  ^ https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/17/533333494/john-avildsen-oscar-winning-director-of-rocky-and-karate-kid-dies-at-81 ^ Fleishman, Jeffrey (June 16, 2017). "'Rocky' director John G. Avildsen dies at 81". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. Retrieved June 16, 2017.  ^ "John Avildsen, Director of 'Rocky' and 'The Karate Kid,' Dies at 81". The New York Times. 16 June 2017. 

External links[edit]

John G. Avildsen
John G. Avildsen
on IMDb John Guilbert Avildsen at BFI Film & TV Database

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Films directed by John G. Avildsen

Turn on to Love (1969) Guess What We Learned in School Today?
Guess What We Learned in School Today?
(1970) Joe (1970) Cry Uncle!
Cry Uncle!
(1971) Okay Bill
Okay Bill
(1972) Save the Tiger
Save the Tiger
(1973) The Stoolie
The Stoolie
(1974) Fore Play
Fore Play
(1975) W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings
W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings
(1975) Rocky
Rocky
(1976) Slow Dancing in the Big City
Slow Dancing in the Big City
(1978) The Formula (1980) Neighbors (1981) Traveling Hopefully (1982) A Night in Heaven
A Night in Heaven
(1983) The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid
(1984) The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid
Part II (1986) Happy New Year (1987) For Keeps (1988) Lean on Me (1989) The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid
Part III (1989) Rocky
Rocky
V (1990) The Power of One (1992) 8 Seconds
8 Seconds
(1994) Inferno (1999)

Awards for John G. Avildsen

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Academy Award for Best Director

1927–1950

Frank Borzage
Frank Borzage
(1927) Lewis Milestone
Lewis Milestone
(1928) Frank Lloyd
Frank Lloyd
(1929) Lewis Milestone
Lewis Milestone
(1930) Norman Taurog
Norman Taurog
(1931) Frank Borzage
Frank Borzage
(1932) Frank Lloyd
Frank Lloyd
(1933) Frank Capra
Frank Capra
(1934) John Ford
John Ford
(1935) Frank Capra
Frank Capra
(1936) Leo McCarey (1937) Frank Capra
Frank Capra
(1938) Victor Fleming
Victor Fleming
(1939) John Ford
John Ford
(1940) John Ford
John Ford
(1941) William Wyler
William Wyler
(1942) Michael Curtiz
Michael Curtiz
(1943) Leo McCarey (1944) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1945) William Wyler
William Wyler
(1946) Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(1947) John Huston
John Huston
(1948) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1949) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1950)

1951–1975

George Stevens
George Stevens
(1951) John Ford
John Ford
(1952) Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann
(1953) Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(1954) Delbert Mann
Delbert Mann
(1955) George Stevens
George Stevens
(1956) David Lean
David Lean
(1957) Vincente Minnelli
Vincente Minnelli
(1958) William Wyler
William Wyler
(1959) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1960) Jerome Robbins
Jerome Robbins
and Robert Wise
Robert Wise
(1961) David Lean
David Lean
(1962) Tony Richardson
Tony Richardson
(1963) George Cukor
George Cukor
(1964) Robert Wise
Robert Wise
(1965) Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann
(1966) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1967) Carol Reed
Carol Reed
(1968) John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
(1969) Franklin J. Schaffner
Franklin J. Schaffner
(1970) William Friedkin
William Friedkin
(1971) Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse
(1972) George Roy Hill (1973) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(1974) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(1975)

1976–2000

John G. Avildsen
John G. Avildsen
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1977) Michael Cimino
Michael Cimino
(1978) Robert Benton (1979) Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(1980) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1981) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1982) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(1983) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(1984) Sydney Pollack
Sydney Pollack
(1985) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1986) Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
(1987) Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson
(1988) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1989) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(1990) Jonathan Demme
Jonathan Demme
(1991) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1992) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1993) Robert Zemeckis
Robert Zemeckis
(1994) Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
(1995) Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
(1996) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1997) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1998) Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(1999) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
(2000)

2001–present

Ron Howard
Ron Howard
(2001) Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
(2002) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2003) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2004) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2005) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) Tom Hooper
Tom Hooper
(2010) Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius
(2011) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2012) Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
(2013) Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2014) Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2015) Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle
(2016) Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
(2017)

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Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film

1948–1975

Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1948) Robert Rossen
Robert Rossen
(1949) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1950) George Stevens
George Stevens
(1951) John Ford
John Ford
(1952) Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann
(1953) Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(1954) Delbert Mann
Delbert Mann
(1955) George Stevens
George Stevens
(1956) David Lean
David Lean
(1957) Vincente Minnelli
Vincente Minnelli
(1958) William Wyler
William Wyler
(1959) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1960) Jerome Robbins
Jerome Robbins
and Robert Wise
Robert Wise
(1961) David Lean
David Lean
(1962) Tony Richardson
Tony Richardson
(1963) George Cukor
George Cukor
(1964) Robert Wise
Robert Wise
(1965) Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann
(1966) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1967) Anthony Harvey (1968) John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
(1969) Franklin J. Schaffner
Franklin J. Schaffner
(1970) William Friedkin
William Friedkin
(1971) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(1972) George Roy Hill (1973) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(1974) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(1975)

1976–2000

John G. Avildsen
John G. Avildsen
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1977) Michael Cimino
Michael Cimino
(1978) Robert Benton (1979) Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(1980) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1981) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1982) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(1983) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(1984) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1985) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1986) Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
(1987) Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson
(1988) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1989) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(1990) Jonathan Demme
Jonathan Demme
(1991) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1992) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1993) Robert Zemeckis
Robert Zemeckis
(1994) Ron Howard
Ron Howard
(1995) Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
(1996) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1997) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1998) Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(1999) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2000)

2001–present

Ron Howard
Ron Howard
(2001) Rob Marshall
Rob Marshall
(2002) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2003) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2004) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2005) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) Tom Hooper
Tom Hooper
(2010) Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius
(2011) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
(2012) Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
(2013) Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2014) Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2015) Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle
(2016) Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
(2017)

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