John G. Avildsen
John Guilbert Avildsen (born December 21, 1935 in Oak Park , Illinois - † June 16, 2017 in Los Angeles , California ) was an American film director , film editor and film producer who was awarded an Oscar in 1977 for directing Rocky .
The son of Chicago-based mechanical engineering entrepreneur Clarence J. Avildsen went to school at Hotchkiss School and graduated from New York University . John G. Avildsen first worked as a copywriter for an advertising agency and did his military service as an assistant to a clergyman. He made his first steps in the film business in the early 1960s as an assistant to directors Arthur Penn and Otto Preminger , and from the mid-1960s he also worked as a cameraman and film editor . In 1969 he directed his first own film, Turn on to Love , which was followed by more than 25 other directing projects by 1999. He experienced his most artistically and financially successful period in the 1970s and 1980s. Avildsen was also listed under the pseudonym Danny Mulroon.
Avildsen is most associated with the Rocky and Karate Kid film series , of which he made two and three films, respectively. At the beginning of his career, he was considered a director who helped actors achieve character roles. So was Jack Lemmon for Save the Tiger (1973) and the Oscar Award, while Sylvester Stallone , Talia Shire , Burgess Meredith and Burt Young of Rocky was nominated as the best main and supporting actors.
John G. Avildsen was married to Marie Maturevich and Tracy Swope. Both marriages ended in divorce. He was the father of four children. His son Anthony worked on the award-winning documentary John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs in 2017 , while his youngest son Ashley founded the Sumerian Records label .
- 1955: The Sea Chase
- 1970: Guess What We Learned in School Today?
- 1970: Joe - Revenge for America (Joe)
- 1971: Cry Uncle!
- 1972: The Stoolie
- 1973: Save the Tiger
- 1975: A super guy hits the kettledrum (WW and the Dixie Dancekings)
- 1976: Rocky
- 1978: With You in a Big City (Slow Dancing in the Big City)
- 1980: The formula (The Formula)
- 1981: The Crazy Neighbors (Neighbors)
- 1982: Traveling Hopefully
- 1983: A Night in Heaven
- 1984: Karate Kid
- 1986: Karate Kid II - decision in Okinawa (The Karate Kid, Part II)
- 1988: Maybe Baby - In the beginning was the rattle stork (For Keeps)
- 1989: The tough principal (Lean on Me)
- 1989: Karate Kid III - The Final Decision (The Karate Kid, Part III)
- 1990: Rocky V
- 1992: The Power of One (The Power of One)
- 1994: 8 Seconds - Deadly Ambition (8 Seconds)
- 1999: Inferno
- 1977: Directors Guild of America Award for Rocky (Best Directing)
- 1977: Golden Globe nomination for Rocky ( Best Director )
- 1977: Oscar for Rocky ( best director )
- 1978: BAFTA nomination for Rocky ( Best Director )
- 1978: Blue Ribbon Award for Rocky (Best Foreign Language Film)
- 1978: Kinema Jumpō Prize for Rocky (Best Foreign Language Film)
- 1983: Oscar nomination for Traveling Hopefully ( Best Documentary Short )
- CJ Avildsen, 65, of Tool Company. In: The New York Times . The New York Times Company, July 6, 1964, accessed June 19, 2017 .
- James White: Rocky Director John G. Avildsen Dies, Aged 81. In: Empire . Bauer Media Group , June 18, 2017, accessed June 19, 2017 .
- Sandra Brennan: John G. Avildsen. In: All Movie Guide . All Media Network, June 19, 2017, accessed June 19, 2017 .
- Jake Coyle; Anthony McCartney: His hit films about underdogs were long shots themselves . In: The Washington Post , June 18, 2017, p. C08.
- Maya Salam: John Avildsen, Director of 'Rocky' and 'The Karate Kid,' Dies at 81. In: The New York Times . The New York Times Company, June 16, 2017, accessed June 17, 2017 .
|SURNAME||Avildsen, John G.|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Arvildsen, John Guilbert (full name); Avildsen, John; Mulroon, Danny (pseudonym)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American film director, editor, and producer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||December 21, 1935|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Oak Park , Illinois , United States|
|DATE OF DEATH||June 16, 2017|
|Place of death||Los Angeles , California , United States|