Director John Avildsen dies at 81; won Oscar for ‘Rocky’

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Director John Avildsen dies at 81; won Oscar for ‘Rocky’

John G. Avildsen accepts the Oscar for best director for “Rocky” at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles in 1977. Avildsen, who directed “Rocky” and “The Karate Kid,” the hugely successful underdog fables that went on to become Hollywood franchises, has died at age 81. Avildsen’s son Anthony says his father died Friday in Los Angeles from pancreatic cancer.

Director John Avildsen dies at 81; won Oscar for ‘Rocky’

John G. Avildsen accepts the Oscar for best director for “Rocky” at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles in 1977. Avildsen, who directed “Rocky” and “The Karate Kid,” the hugely successful underdog fables that went on to become Hollywood franchises, has died at age 81. Avildsen’s son Anthony says his father died Friday in Los Angeles from pancreatic cancer.
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