On Friday, June 16 in Los Angeles at the age of 81 years died an American film Director John Avildsen, winner of the award «Oscar» for the film «rocky».
As reported by the son of the Director, the cause of death was pancreatic cancer.
As reminds Wikipedia, John Avildsen born December 21, 1935 in oak Park (Il), the son of ivy (née Guilbert) and Clarence John Avildsen. He studied in a private school Hochkiss in Lakeville and new York University. Career in film began as an assistant Director in the films of Arthur Penn and Otto Preminger.
The first success of John Avildsen achieved with a low-budget Thriller «Joe» (1970), which received critical acclaim for playing Peter Boyle and received moderate box office. This was followed by another success with the critics. Drama «save the tiger» (1973) was nominated for three Oscars and won the award for best actor Jack Lemmon.
The greatest success of Avildsen achieved with the film «rocky» (1976), received ten nominations at the Oscars and winning three of them, including best film and best Director. Later he took a picture of «rocky 5» (1990). He was also a Director of such films as «Formula», «Uneasy neighbors,» «the karate Kid» (three series), «Hold me», «the Power of personality», the «Eight seconds» and «Inferno».