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John G. Avildsen

Highest Rated:   93% Rocky (1976)
Lowest Rated:   0% Desert Heat (1999)
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Birthplace:   Oak Park, Illinois, USA
Director John G. Avildsen's career endured many ups and downs. Not only did he produced a string of bombs, and low-budget films, the self-described dreamer also produced some of the most popular films of our time--most notably the triple Oscar winning Rocky(1976) and the thematically similar Karate Kid (1984). The son of a Chicago tool manufacturer, Avildsen worked as a copywriter at an ad agency; he then served as a chaplain's assistant in the military before coming to Hollywood in the early 60s where he first worked as a production manager, assistant director, and cinematographer before directing his first films--best forgotten according to some critics--in the late '60s. His first hit was the low-budget (he filmed it himself) sleeper Joe (1970), which told the tale of a bigoted construction worker and made a star of Peter Boyle. After the smashing success of Rocky the director did not have another major commercial hit until The Karate Kid, even though some of his films featured popular stars such as Burt Reynolds, W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings, Marlon Brando, The Formula, and John Belushi (in his last film), Neighbors. He followed The Karate Kid with 3 sequels. In 1989 he created the fine drama Lean on Me, which showcased the talents of the charismatic Morgan Freeman. Avildsen died in 2017, at age 81.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet The Real Miyagi
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Make Your Own Damn Movie
  • Actor
2005
77% A Decade Under the Influence
  • Actor
2003
0% Desert Heat
  • Director
1999
31% 8 Seconds
  • Director
1994
39% The Power of One
  • Director
1992
28% Rocky V
  • Director
1990
69% Lean on Me
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
1989
20% For Keeps
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet Happy New Year
  • Director
1987
16% The Karate Kid, Part III
  • Director
1986
43% The Karate Kid Part II
  • Director
1986
90% The Karate Kid
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet A Night in Heaven
  • Director
1983
63% Neighbors
  • Director
1981
30% The Formula
  • Director
1980
No Score Yet Slow Dancing in the Big City
  • Director
  • Producer
1979
93% Rocky
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings
  • Director
1975
No Score Yet Fore Play (The President's Women)
  • Director
1975
No Score Yet Foreplay
  • Director
1975
91% Save the Tiger
  • Director
1973
No Score Yet Cry Uncle
  • Director
1971
86% Joe
  • Director
1970
No Score Yet Guess What We Learned in School Today?
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1970

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