John G. Avildsen

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John G. Avildsen, the Oscar-winning director of Rocky and The Karate Child, has died on the age of 81.

Avildsen’s son Anthony instructed US media the filmmaker had died of pancreatic most cancers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Heart in Los Angeles.

Rocky – starring Sylvester Stallone as a rags-to-riches boxer – grew to become the best grossing movie of 1976, regardless of having a comparatively low finances.

It received an Oscar for finest image, as properly one for Avildsen as director.

Stallone, who wrote the movie, led the tributes to its director, posting on Instagram: “R. I. P. I am positive you’ll quickly be directing Hits in Heaven- Thanks , Sly.”

Avildsen directed the box-office winner The Karate Child, launched in 1984, in addition to The Karate Child Half II in 1986 and The Karate Child Half III in 1989.

He additionally guided Jack Lemmon to his solely finest actor Oscar for his position within the 1973 movie Save the Tiger.

“All through the a long time, his rousing portrayals of victory, braveness and emotion captured the hearts of generations of People,” Paris Barclay, president of the Administrators Guild of America, said in a statement.