December 21, 1935 – June 16, 2017 (age 81)
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

The name John G. Avildsen may not ring a bell immediately, but he is the man behind directing the original Rocky film, which eventually brought him to his first and only Oscar win. He would later go on to direct the fifth Rocky installment as well. He is also responsible for bringing to your childhood The Karate Kid, The Karate Kid: Part II, and The Karate Kid: Part III, so you are welcome. He had quite the career, mostly in film, with only one television pilot under his belt. He would also edit a lot of his own work. But his greatest achievement in film would always be that win for Rocky.


1965 Light Sound Diffused
Documentary short – also Editor / Producer / Cinematographer
1969 Turn On To Love
also Editor / Cinematographer
1970 Guess What We Learned in School Today? also Editor / Cinematographer
1970 Joe  also Cinematographer
1971 Cry Uncle!
also Editor / Director Of Photography
1972 Okay Bill
 also Writer
1973 Save The Tiger
1974 The Stoolie
Co-Director – also Cinematographer
1975 Fore Play
1975 W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings
1976 Rocky 1977 Academy Award for Best Directing
1978 Slow Dancing in the Big City also Editor / Producer
1980 The Formula
1981 Neighbors
1982 Traveling Hopefully  Documentary
1983 A Night In Heaven
also Editor
1984 The Karate Kid  also Editor
1986 The Karate Kid: Part II  also Editor
1987 Happy New Year
1988 For Keeps?
 also Editor
1989 Lean On Me
 also Editor  / Executive Producer
1989 The Karate Kid: Part III  also Editor
1990 Rocky V
 also Editor
1992 The Power Of One
 also Editor
1994 8 Seconds
1999 Inferno  as Danny Mulroon, director’s cut
2014 Let Love Last


1980 Murder Ink
Director Television pilot

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