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John G. Avildsen

Name in Native Language: "John Guilbert Avildsen" (English/EN)
Film Director / Film Producer / Camera Operator / Cinematographer / Screenwriter | * 12/21/1935 († 81, 06/16/2017) | Oak Park, Illinois (United States of America (USA))
John Guilbert Avildsen (December 21, 1935 – June 16, 2017) was an American film director. He is perhaps best known for directing Rocky (1976), which earned him the Academy Award for Best Director and the first three The Karate Kid films. Other films he directed include Joe (1970), Save the Tiger (1973), The Formula (1980), Neighbors (1981), Lean On Me (1989), Rocky V (1990), and 8 Seconds (1994). ()
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John Guilbert Avildsen was an American film director. He won the Academy Award for Best Director in 1977 for Rocky. Other films he directed include Joe, Save the Tiger, Fore Play, The Formula, Neighbors, For Keeps, Lean On Me, The Power of One, 8 Seconds, Inferno, Rocky V and the first three The Karate Kid films.Avildsen was born in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Ivy (née Guilbert) and Clarence John Avildsen. He was educated at The Hotchkiss School and New York University. After starting out as an assistant director on films by 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 and moderate box office business.This was followed by another critical success, Save the Tiger (1973), that was nominated for three Oscars, winning Best Actor for star Jack Lemmon. Avildsen's greatest success was Rocky (1976), garnering ten Academy Award nominations and winning three, including Best Picture and Best Director. He later directed what was expected to be the series' final installment, Rocky V (1990). His other films include Cry Uncle! (1971), Neighbors (1981), The Karate Kid (1984), The Karate Kid Part II (1986), The Karate Kid Part III (1989), Lean On Me (1989) and 8 Seconds (1994).Avildsen was the original director for both Serpico (1973) and Saturday Night Fever (1977), but was fired over disputes with producers Martin Bregman and Robert Stigwood, respectively.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Documentaries | Comedies

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Awards & Nominations for John G. Avildsen

Directors Guild of America Awards Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) 3x Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director

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Movies with John G. Avildsen as Actor(14)

as Talk Show Host2017 American Satan
as Himself (archive footage)2017 Frank Serpico
as himself2015 The Real Miyagi
as himself2006 Tribute To James Crabe
as himself2006 In the Ring
as Self - Director / Academy Award Winner2005 The Way of The Karate Kid
as himself1993 The Troma System

Movies with John G. Avildsen as Crew(49)

Production/Executive Producer2017 American Satan
Directing/Director1999 Inferno
Directing/Director1994 8 Seconds
Directing/Director1992 The Power of One
Editing/Editor1992 The Power of One
Directing/Director1990 Rocky V
Editing/Editor1990 Rocky V
Directing/Director1989 The Karate Kid Part III
Editing/Editor1989 The Karate Kid Part III
Directing/Director1989 Lean On Me
Editing/Editor1989 Lean On Me
Production/Executive Producer1989 Lean On Me
Directing/Director1988 For Keeps
Directing/Director1987 Happy New Year
Directing/Director1986 The Karate Kid Part II
Editing/Editor1986 The Karate Kid Part II
Directing/Director1984 The Karate Kid
Editing/Editor1984 The Karate Kid
Directing/Director1983 A Night in Heaven
Directing/Director1982 Traveling Hopefully
Directing/Director1981 Neighbors
Directing/Director1980 The Formula
Camera/Camera Operator1978 Slow Dancing In The Big City
Directing/Director1978 Slow Dancing In The Big City
Editing/Editor1978 Slow Dancing In The Big City
Production/Producer1978 Slow Dancing In The Big City
Directing/Director1976 Rocky
Directing/Director1975 W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings
Directing/Director1975 Fore Play
Directing/Director1973 Save the Tiger
Directing/Director1972 The Stoolie
Crew/Cinematography1971 Okay Bill
Directing/Director1971 Okay Bill
Editing/Editor1971 Okay Bill
Writing/Writer1971 Okay Bill
Crew/Cinematography1971 Cry Uncle!
Directing/Director1971 Cry Uncle!
Editing/Editor1971 Cry Uncle!
Camera/Director of Photography1970 Joe
Directing/Director1970 Joe
Directing/Director1969 Turn On to Love
Directing/Assistant Director1967 Hurry Sundown
Production/Executive Producer1965 Mickey One
Directing/Director1965 Smiles
Production/Producer1965 Smiles

Full Name: John Avildsen
Born: Saturday, 12/21 1935 (December) in Oak Park, Illinois (United States of America (USA))
Died: Friday, 06/16 2017 (June) in Los Angeles (aged: 81)
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Pig)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: New York University, Hotchkiss School
Spouses (current/former): Tracy Brooks Swope
Other names for John G. Avildsen (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"John Guilbert Avildsen"
"Danny Mulroon" (Pseudonym)
John G. Avildsen frequently works together with these people:
Bill Conti (16x, Crew)
Lloyd Kaufman (10x, Actor)
Sylvester Stallone (9x, Actor)
Caro Jones (9x, Crew)
James Crabe (7x, Crew)
Ralph Macchio (6x, Actor)
Pat Morita (6x, Actor)
Pat E. Johnson (6x, Actor)
Steve Shagan (6x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:8194, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 12/02/2021