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Jon Avnet

Highest Rated:   100% Uprising (2001)
Lowest Rated:   0% Funny About Love (1990)
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Birthplace:   Brooklyn, New York, New York, USA
Had prominent Hollywood director/producer Jon Avnet gone into business as originally intended, Hollywood may likely be a very different place today. The man who brought such memorable features as Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) and The War (1994) to the big screen, Avnet deserves some credit for nurturing the careers of such future Hollywood players as Kathy Bates and Elijah Wood. A native of Brooklyn, NY, who was steered toward filmmaking after winning a directing fellowship at the American Film Institute, Avnet's early success came as a producer. Frequently teaming with longtime collaborators Steve Tisch and Jordan Kerner for such popular 1980s efforts as Risky Business (1983), The Burning Bed (1984), and Less Than Zero (1987), that decade also found Avnet making his directorial debut with the made-for-television drama Between Two Women (again featuring Burning Bed star Farrah Fawcett). Though he wouldn't step into the director's chair again until 1991's Fried Green Tomatoes, success as a producer came often with films such as Tango and Cash (1989). Regardless of his notable success in the 1980s, it was the 1990s that found Avnet truly coming into his own behind the camera. His films Fried Green Tomatoes, The War, and Up Close & Personal (1996) all possessed a warm glow in their telling of remarkably personal tales, and though the latter two may not have achieved the box-office success of his sophomore effort, his continuing work as a producer yielded such hits as The Mighty Ducks (1992) and George of the Jungle (1997). In 1997, Avnet moved into thriller territory with Red Corner (serving double duty as producer and director), and the millennial turnover found him blending his unique style of remarkably personal drama with factual historical events in the acclaimed made-for-television effort Uprising (2001). The tale of a Jewish uprising in the Warsaw ghetto in 1943, the movie was nominated for numerous Emmys and Golden Globes and ultimately took home an Emmy for Outstanding Stunt Coordination. In 2002, Avnet would again step behind the camera for the pilot episode of television's Boomtown, and shortly thereafter he would produce the Gwyneth Paltrow/Jude Law sci-fi thriller The World of Tomorrow (2004).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Three Christs
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2017
62% Jackie & Ryan
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2015
No Score Yet Have A Little Faith
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
2011
87% Black Swan
  • Executive Producer
$107M 2010
19% Righteous Kill
  • Producer
  • Director
$40M 2008
5% 88 Minutes
  • Producer
  • Director
$17M 2008
No Score Yet The Starter Wife
  • Director
2007
17% Land of the Blind
  • Producer
2006
72% Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  • Producer
$37.6M 2004
100% Uprising
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2001
51% Steal This Movie
  • Executive Producer
2000
74% Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her
  • Producer
2000
No Score Yet A House Divided
  • Executive Producer
2000
No Score Yet Mama Flora's Family
  • Executive Producer
1999
21% Inspector Gadget
  • Executive Producer
1999
No Score Yet My Last Love
  • Executive Producer
1999
No Score Yet Poodle Springs
  • Producer
1998
30% Red Corner
  • Producer
  • Director
1997
56% George of the Jungle
  • Producer
1997
20% D3: The Mighty Ducks
  • Producer
1996
29% Up Close & Personal
  • Producer
  • Director
1996
45% Miami Rhapsody
  • Executive Producer
1995
27% The War
  • Director
  • Producer
1994
71% When a Man Loves a Woman
  • Producer
1994
21% D2: The Mighty Ducks
  • Producer
1994
No Score Yet Naomi and Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge
  • Producer
1994
No Score Yet The Nightman
  • Executive Producer
1994
31% The Three Musketeers
  • Executive Producer
1993
15% The Mighty Ducks
  • Producer
1992
No Score Yet For Their Own Good
  • Executive Producer
1992
73% Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1991
No Score Yet Backfield in Motion
  • Executive Producer
1991
No Score Yet In Love and War
  • Producer
1991
0% Funny About Love
  • Producer
1990
81% Men Don't Leave
  • Producer
1990
33% Tango & Cash
  • Producer
1989
No Score Yet Do You Know the Muffin Man?
  • Producer
1989
No Score Yet Breaking Point
  • Producer
1989
No Score Yet Side by Side
  • Executive Producer
1988
54% Less Than Zero
  • Producer
1987
No Score Yet Between Two Women
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Triplecross
  • Executive Producer
1985
No Score Yet The Burning Bed
  • Executive Producer
1984
No Score Yet Calendar Girl Murders
  • Producer
1984
13% Deal of the Century
  • Executive Producer
1983
96% Risky Business
  • Producer
1983
No Score Yet Prime Suspect
  • Producer
1982
No Score Yet Homeward Bound
  • Producer
1980
No Score Yet Coast to Coast
  • Producer
1980
No Score Yet Checkered Flag or Crash
  • Producer
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
97% Justified
2010-2015
  • Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
66% Rake
2014
  • Director
  • 2014

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