John G. Avildsen Passes Away

Rocky

When world heavyweight boxing champ Apollo Creed wants to give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers pick palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark.

Oscar Winning Director John G. Avildsen Passes Away at 81

Oscar Winning Director John G. Avildsen Passes Away at 81

John G. Avildsen, best known for being the director to Rocky and the first three Karate Kid films, passed away in Los Angeles. He was 81. — John Avildsen directing career was built on the underdog story. His other film credits, other than Rocky and the Karate Kid, include Joe starring Susan Sarandon. It was his first success as a director. His film Save the Tiger included an Oscar winning performance from Jack Lemmon.