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John G. Avildsen
Born December 21, 1935 (1935-12-21) (age 74)
Oak Park, Illinois, USA
Occupation Film director
Years active 1969 - present

John Guilbert Avildsen (born December 21, 1935) is an Academy Award winning American film director.

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.

His other films include Cry Uncle! (1970), The Karate Kid (1984), 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.


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