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 perhaps best known for directing Rocky (1976), which earned him the Academy Award for Best Director and the first three The Karate Kid films. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John G. Avildsen has received more than 775,369 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). John G. Avildsen is the 197th most popular film director (down from 178th in 2019), the 1,336th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,158th in 2019) and the 54th 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 197 out of 1,580Before him are Lina Wertmüller, Spike Lee, Gojko Mitić, Wong Kar-wai, Otto Preminger, and Robert Siodmak. After him are Gus Van Sant, Alfonso Cuarón, Thea von Harbou, Alice Guy-Blaché, Agnieszka Holland, and Nicholas Ray.

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Among people born in 1935, John G. Avildsen ranks 50Before him are Harrison Schmitt, Artur Rasizade, Elsa Martinelli, Ken Kesey, John Saxon, and Ernesto Laclau. After him are Mylène Demongeot, Seiji Ozawa, Floyd Patterson, Robert Conrad, Udo Lattek, and Gnassingbé Eyadéma. Among people deceased in 2017, John G. Avildsen ranks 73Before him are Sam Shepard, Michael Nyqvist, Nicolai Gedda, Piet Keizer, Hiroto Muraoka, and Georges Prêtre. After him are Abdul Halim of Kedah, Chris Cornell, John Berger, Oliver Smithies, Karl-Otto Apel, and Yisrael Kristal.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John G. Avildsen ranks 1,336 out of 15,968Before him are Andrew S. Tanenbaum (1944), Robert Bruce Merrifield (1921), John Fenn (1917), Robert Loggia (1930), Paul Stanley (1952), and Debbie Harry (1945). After him are Jeffrey DeMunn (1947), Edward T. Hall (1914), Julius Axelrod (1912), Jimmy Doolittle (1896), Gus Van Sant (1952), and Marsha P. Johnson (1945).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, John G. Avildsen ranks 54Before him are Robert Wise (1914), Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909), Robert Aldrich (1918), Blake Edwards (1922), Richard Donner (1930), and Spike Lee (1957). After him are Gus Van Sant (1952), Nicholas Ray (1911), John Sturges (1910), Arthur Penn (1922), Alan J. Pakula (1928), and Barry Levinson (1942).