RIP John G. Avildsen (1935-2017) - Oscar winning director from the first Rocky (1976) and also behind The Karate Kid trilogy (1984, 1986, 1989), passed away today. His film debut was in Turn on to Love (1969),and some of his creditsinclude Joe (1970) which predates Taxi Driver in similar themes of urban violence and alienation; Save the Tiger (1973), which gave Jack Lemmon his 2nd Oscar; The Formula (1980), the comedy Neighbors (1981), the short film Traveling Hopefully (1982), earning a second Oscar nomination; Happy New Year (1987), Lean on Me (1989), Rocky V (1990), The Power of One (1992) also a boxing themed film; 8 Seconds (1994), Inferno (1999). He was currently developing a return with Nate & Al (2018).
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