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John G. Avildsen

1935 - 2017

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John Guilbert Avildsen (December 21, 1935 – June 16, 2017) was an American film director. He is best known for directing Rocky (1976), which earned him the Academy Award for Best Director. He is also renowned for directing the first three films in The Karate Kid franchise (1984–1989). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John G. Avildsen has received more than 1,077,029 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). John G. Avildsen is the 239th most popular film director (down from 197th in 2019), the 1,625th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,335th in 2019) and the 69th most popular American Film Director.

John G. Avildsen is most famous for directing Rocky, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture and was nominated for Best Director and Best Film Editing.

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Among film directors, John G. Avildsen ranks 239 out of 1,581Before him are Chris Marker, Arthur Penn, Raoul Walsh, Julien Duvivier, Youssef Chahine, and Mario Monicelli. After him are Barry Levinson, Jane Campion, Mikhail Kalatozov, Stanley Donen, Mauritz Stiller, and David Hamilton.

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Among people born in 1935, John G. Avildsen ranks 66Before him are Forough Farrokhzad, Viktor Bryukhanov, John Saxon, Akira Kitaguchi, Maj Sjöwall, and Elsa Martinelli. After him are Monique Wittig, Lee Remick, Sonny Bono, Floyd Patterson, Kurt Westergaard, and Zhelyu Zhelev. Among people deceased in 2017, John G. Avildsen ranks 82Before him are Robert Hardy, Karl-Otto Apel, Ljubiša Samardžić, Elsa Martinelli, Anita Pallenberg, and Nicolai Gedda. After him are Peter Mansfield, Zhou Youguang, Tom Regan, Karin Dor, Colin Dexter, and Anne Wiazemsky.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John G. Avildsen ranks 1,625 out of 18,182Before him are June Carter Cash (1929), John F. Kennedy Jr. (1960), Robin Hobb (1952), Hiram Bingham III (1875), Walter Mondale (1928), and George Stigler (1911). After him are Leroy Anderson (1908), Rami Malek (1981), Elisha Gray (1835), Jerry West (1938), Barry Levinson (1942), and Cochise (1805).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, John G. Avildsen ranks 69Before him are Gus Van Sant (1952), Joseph Losey (1909), George Stevens (1904), Richard Fleischer (1916), Arthur Penn (1922), and Raoul Walsh (1887). After him are Barry Levinson (1942), Stanley Donen (1924), Edwin S. Porter (1870), Tex Avery (1908), Zack Snyder (1966), and Tobe Hooper (1943).