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John G. Avildsen
John G Avildsen
John Guilbert Avildsen
December 21, 1935
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||June 16, 2017
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Pancreatic cancer|
|Other names||Johnny Avildsen|
|Spouse(s)||Marie Olga Maturevich (Melissa McCall) (? - ?)
Tracy Brooks Swope (1987 - 2006 (separated)
|Parent(s)||Ivy (née Guilbert) and Clarence John Avildsen|
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
|1969||Turn on to Love|
|1970||Guess What We Learned in School Today?|
|1973||Save the Tiger|
|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|
|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|
|1989||Lean on Me|
|The Karate Kid Part III|
|1992||The Power of One|
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