John G. Avildsen

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John G. Avildsen

Born

12/21/1935, Oak Park, Illinois

Birth Name

John Gilbert Avildsen

Gender

Male

Also Known As

John Avildsen, Danny Mulroon
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Oscar winning director of Rocky, who also directed Save the Tiger, The Karate Kid and Lean on Me, he began his career doing industrial films for the likes of IBM, and has a reputation as a tough but honest director.

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    • John Avildsen: (of being offered "The Karate Kid") Karate Kid? I said, "Wait a second, how could I do The Karate Kid? I did Rocky. I can see it now, they're gonna call it 'The Karocky Kid'."

    • John Avildsen: (of Jack Lemmon wanting to be cast in "Save the Tiger") I said to him, "I've always been a fan of your work, but if you do this movie with me – if I direct it, if you choose me to direct it – I don't want to see you in it. I want to see this character; I don't want to see Jack Lemmon, I want to see this guy."

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