The boxing ring is silent and no-one is running up the steps at the Art Museum in Philadelphia tonight as the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Academy Award winning director John G. Avildsen has passed away at the age of 81.
Mr Avildsen's son, Anthony confirmed his father's death from pancreatic cancer to the Los Angeles Times today.
Avildsen came up the hard way in films, starting with a long apprenticeship as assistant director, then moved up to production manager, cinematographer and editor.
Calling Avildsen "my friend" along with a collage of photos, Macchio says the director "brought inspirational stories to us all and had a guiding hand in changing my life". Avildsen directed Susan Sarandon and Peter Boyle in the ultimately violent drama Joe in the year 1970.
In the 1980s, Avildsen helmed another popular franchise in The Karate Kid, directing the original 1981 film and its two subsequent sequels in 1986 and 1989, to the tune of almost a quarter-billion dollars grossed overall. He returned to the franchise to direct 1990's "Rocky V".
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Rocky wasn't Avildsen's only underdog story that became a major franchise. His 1973 film Save the Tiger won an Oscar for lead actor Jack Lemmon who played a dress manufacturer. And although anyone would be fortunate to have made such a fantastic motion picture, even once in their lives, Rocky has perhaps overshadowed numerous filmmaker's other great accomplishments.
Said Stallone: "I owe just about everything to John Avildsen". He directed seven actors to Oscar nominations.
Besides Anthony, Avidsen is survived by two other sons, Jonathan and Ashley, and a daughter, Bridget. He left quite a nice legacy of films including "The Karate Kid", "Lean on Me", the original "Neighbors" with Aykroyd and Belushi.