John G. Avildsen

Biography

Born:John Guilbert Avildsen December 21, 1935 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA Has a daughter named Bridget Avildsen (b. 2 October 1993) with his ex-wife, Tracy Brooks Swope. He was the original director of Saturday Night Fever (1977) but pulled out. He was replaced by John Badham. Ex-son-in-law of Herbert B. Swope Jr. and Margaret Hayes. His son is a rock singer, but the two have no personal relationship. Directed seven actors to Oscar nominations: Jack Lemmon, Jack Gilford, Burgess Meredith, Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Pat Morita and Burt Young. Lemmon won Best Actor prizes for Save the Tiger (1973). Was going to direct Serpico (1973), but was replaced just before filming due to differences with the producer. Declined to direct Rocky II (1979). Father of actors Jonathan Avildsen and Anthony G. Avildsen, both of whom have appeared in several of his movies and also worked for him as production assistants. His first wife also acted under the name 'Melissa McCall'.

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Birth Name

John Guilbert Avildsen

Birth Place

Oak Park, Illinois, USA

Birth Date

12/21/1935

Death Date

6/16/2017
Known For
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40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic

(archive footage)

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A Decade Under the Influence

Himself

Starring In
Movie Poster

40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic

(archive footage)

Movie Poster

A Decade Under the Influence

Himself

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