Entertainment Karate Kid and Rocky director John G. Avildsen dies

13:25  19 june  2017
13:25  19 june  2017 Source:   Digital Spy (UK)

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Rocky and Karate Kid director John G . Avildsen dies at 81. Oscar-winning filmmaker John G . Avildsen , who helped to make Sylvester Stallone a movie star and launch an enduring Hollywood franchise as the director of Rocky , died Friday in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — John G . Avildsen , who directed " Rocky " and "The Karate Kid " — two dark-horse, underdog favorites that went on to become Hollywood franchises — died Friday at Stallone praised the director Friday night for believing in him. "I owe just about everything to John Avildsen .

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Oscar winning- director John G . Avildsen has died in Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles Times. He was 81. Avildsen won an Academy Award for directing the original 1976 “ Rocky ” starring Sylvester Stallone, and went on to direct all three of the original “ Karate Kid ” films.

John G . Avildsen , who directed " Rocky " and "The Karate Kid " — two dark-horse, underdog favorites that went on to become Hollywood franchises — died Friday at age 81. Anthony Avildsen said his father died Friday in Los Angeles from pancreatic cancer.

Rocky's Academy Award-winning director John G. Avildsen has died at age 81.

The Oak Park, Illinois-born filmmaker passed away in Los Angeles of undisclosed causes, his spokesperson confirmed to Variety on Friday (June 16).

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Avildsen will always be linked with two of the great sports movies in cinema history, '70s boxing epic Rocky and '80s classic The Karate Kid.

With Rocky, Avildsen guided writer-star Sylvester Stallone's passion-project about the comeback of a down-and-out Philadelphia boxer from the page to the screen.

The film would ultimately earn him an Academy Award for Best Director in 1977, as well as a Directors Guild of America Award for the year's best film.

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Nearly a decade later, he would revolutionise the martial arts film with his Karate Kid trilogy, which earned star Pat Morita a Best Supporting Actor Academy nod for his portrayal of Mr Miyagi.

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John G . Avildsen , who directed " Rocky " and "The Karate Kid " - two dark-horse, underdog favorites that went on to become Hollywood franchises - died Friday at age 81. Stallone praised the director Friday night for believing in him. "I owe just about everything to John Avildsen .

LOS ANGELES (AP) — John G . Avildsen , who directed " Rocky " and "The Karate Kid " — two dark-horse, underdog favorites that went on to become Hollywood " Rocky " was a huge success. It won Oscars for best picture, director ( Avildsen ) and editing and was nominated for seven others.

Throughout his career, Avildsen directed Jack Lemmon to a Best Actor Oscar as a businessman grappling with an existential crisis in Save the Tiger and also brought Morgan Freeman to wider fame in 1989's Lean on Me.

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Avildsen also had the distinction of working on what would be John Belushi's final film, the 1981 black comedy Neighbors (which re-paired Belushi with Blues Brothers co-star Dan Aykroyd).

His other credits include Marlon Brando's conspiracy thriller The Formula, mid-'80s Brat Pack comedy For Keeps and a reunion with Stallone on Rocky V. Avildsen is survived by his three sons and a daughter.

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