John G. Avildsen Biography (1935-)

Full name, John Guilbert Avildsen; born December 21, 1935, in Chicago, IL; son of Clarence John and Ivy (Guilbert) Avildsen; married Tracy Brooks Swope (an actress), February, 1987; children: Anthony Guilbert, Jonathan. Addresses: Agent: Martin Bauer, United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., 5th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

director, cinematographer, editor
Birth Details
December 21, 1935
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Film Work
  • Director and photographer, Turn on to Love, Haven International, 1969.
  • Associate producer and director of photography, Out of It, UnitedArtists (UA), 1969.
  • Director, photographer, and editor, Guess What We Learned in School Today? (also see below), Cannon, 1970.
  • Director and photographer, Joe, Cannon, 1970.
  • Director, photographer, and editor, Cry Uncle!, Cambist, 1971.
  • Director, photographer, and editor, Okay Bill (also see below; also known as Sweet Dreams), Four Star Excelsior, 1971.
  • Director and photographer, The Stoolie, Jama, 1972.
  • Director, Save the Tiger, Paramount, 1973.
  • Director, W. W. and the Dixie Dance Kings, Twentieth Century-Fox,1975.
  • Director (with Bruce Malmuth and Robert J. McCarty), photographer, and editor, Foreplay, Cinema International, 1975.
  • Director and editor, Rocky, UA, 1976.
  • Director, producer, editor, and camera operator, Slow Dancing in the Big City, UA, 1978.
  • Director and editor, The Formula, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)/UA, 1980.
  • Director and supervising editor, Neighbors, Columbia, 1981.
  • Director and producer, Traveling Hopefully (documentary short subject), Arnuthfonyus Films, 1982.
  • Director, editor, and camera operator, A Night in Heaven, Twentieth Century- Fox, 1983.
  • Director and editor, The Karate Kid, Columbia, 1984.
  • Director and editor, The Karate Kid, Part II, Columbia, 1986.
  • Director, Happy New Year, Columbia, 1987.
  • Director and editor, For Keeps, Tri-Star, 1988.
  • Executive producer, director, and coeditor, Lean on Me, Warner Brothers, 1989.
  • Director and coeditor, The Karate Kid, Part III, Columbia, 1989.
  • Director and coeditor, Rocky V, MGM/UA, 1990.
  • Director and editor, The Power of One, Warner Brothers, 1992.
  • Also worked as assistant director of Hurry Sundown, 1964, and Black Like Me; production manager of Mickey One, 1964, and Una Moglie Americana; producer, photographer, and editor of Light, Sound, Diffuse (short film).
  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • Alvie, Greenwich Village Story (also known as Birthplace of theHootenanny and They Love as They Please), Lion International, 1963.
  • Credits; Television Work
  • Director, Murder Ink (series), CBS, 1983.
  • Also director of From No House to Options House and 2 on the Town.
  • Credits; Screenplays
  • (With Eugene Price) Guess What We Learned in School Today?, Cannon, 1970.
  • Okay Bill (also known as Sweet Dreams), Four Star Excelsior, 1971.

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