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John G. Avildsen
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John G Avildsen
John Guilbert Avildsen

(1935-12-21)December 21, 1935
Died June 16, 2017(2017-06-16) (aged 81)
Cause of death Pancreatic cancer
Other names Johnny Avildsen
Occupation Film director
Years active 1969–2017
Notable work
Spouse(s) Marie Olga Maturevich (Melissa McCall) (? - ?)
Tracy Brooks Swope (1987 - 2006 (separated)
Children 3 sons
1 daughter
Parent(s) Ivy (née Guilbert) and Clarence John Avildsen
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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 (1975), The Formula (1980), Neighbors (1981), For Keeps (1988), Lean on Me (1989), Rocky V (1990), The Power of One (1992), 8 Seconds (1994), and the first three The Karate Kid films.

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


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Slow Dancing in the Big City 1978
Year Film Notes
1969 Turn on to Love
1970 Guess What We Learned in School Today?
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
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
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 Part II
1987 Happy New Year
1988 For Keeps
1989 Lean on Me
The Karate Kid Part III
1990 Rocky V
1992 The Power of One
1994 8 Seconds
1999 Inferno
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