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John G. Avildsen (1935–2017)


John G. Avildsen was born on December 21, 1935 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA as John Guilbert Avildsen. He was a director and editor, known for Rocky (1976), Rocky V (1990) and The Karate Kid Part III (1989). He was married to Tracy Brooks Swope and Marie Olga Maturevich. He died on June 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Rocky
Rocky Director
(1976)
Rocky V
Rocky V Director
(1990)
The Karate Kid Part III
(1989)
The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid Director
(1984)

Filmography

Hide Hide Show Show Director (29 credits)
 2014 Let Love Last (Short)
 1999/II Desert Heat (as Danny Mulroon, director's cut)
 1994 8 Seconds
 1990 Rocky V
 1989 Lean on Me
 1988 For Keeps?
 1982 Traveling Hopefully (Documentary)
 1981 Neighbors
 1980 Murder Ink (TV Series)
 1980 The Formula
 1976 Rocky
 1975 Foreplay (segment "Inaugural Ball")
 1972 The Stoolie (co-director)
 1971 Okay Bill
 1971 Cry Uncle
 1970 Joe
 1965 Light Sound Diffused (Documentary short)
Show Show Editor (14 credits)
Show Show Producer (8 credits)
Show Show Cinematographer (8 credits)
Show Show Writer (3 credits)
Show Show Camera and Electrical Department (3 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (3 credits)
Show Show Actor (2 credits)
Show Show Second Unit Director or Assistant Director (2 credits)
Show Show Editorial department (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (11 credits)
Show Show Self (18 credits)
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Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

John G Avildsen | John Avildsen | Danny Mulroon

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

When I read Rocky V (1990), it was a terrific story, a great script. Rocky died at the end. He has this devastating fight with Tommy Gunn, ends up in an ambulance with his head in Adrian's lap, and by the time they get to the hospital, he's dead. See more »

Trivia:

Died a month and a half before the release of John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017), a documentary about his life, career and films, directed by Derek Wayne Johnson. See more »

Trademark:

Underdog films complete with realistic character development and montage sequences

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