Director John Avildsen dies at 81; won Oscar for 'Rocky'

Oscar-winning 'Rocky' director John Avildsen dead at 81

John Avildsen, the Oscar-winning director who made Hollywood's quintessential underdog story in the 1976 boxing saga Rocky with a then unknown Sylvester Stallone, and crafted another inspiring tale in The Karate Kid, died on Friday at age 81, his family said. His eldest son, Anthony told the Times that John had passed away from pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

A native of Oak Park, Ill., Avildsen started out as a cinematographer, and shot his directorial debut, Turn on to Love in 1969.

There is a documentary on Avildsen's life called John G. Avildsen: King Of The Underdogs.

The Karate Kid was another surprise hit in 1984, telling the story of a bullied teenager played by Ralph Macchio who learns about self-confidence through the study of karate with the help of a Japanese handyman (Noryuki "Pat" Morita).

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Avildsen returned to the Rocky franchise to direct the critically panned Rocky V (1990) about a protege who turns on Rocky.

RIP to my friend and KK director John G Avildsen. He was not the director of choice for Rocky but bagged it after another film got cancelled.

"I owe just about everything to John Avildsen".

Another underdog film, "The Karate Kid", was also an unexpected success at the box office and spawned a series of films, a sequel and a remake. He received another Oscar nomination in 1983 for directing the documentary short Traveling Hopefully.

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"As soon as the producers saw the business it was doing, they wanted to do it again", Avildsen said in a 1986 interview.

John G. Avildsen was one of the greats. Three years later, Avildsen helmed Save the Tiger, which earned Jack Lemmon an Academy Award for his portrayal of a fashion executive embroiled in an existential crisis.

Avildsen is survived by his daughter Bridget, and his sons Ashley, Anthony, and Jonathan. He left quite a nice legacy of films including "The Karate Kid", "Lean on Me", the original "Neighbors" with Aykroyd and Belushi.

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