Director John G. Avildsen, Known for 'Rocky' and 'The Karate Kid,' Passes Away

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Filmmaker John G. Avildsen, known for genuinely authentic dramas that often celebrated the heroism of everyday people, such as Rocky and The Karate Kid, has passed away according to Los Angeles Times. He was 81. 


The director won an Academy Award for his work on Rocky, a modestly told, winning tale about an underdog who gets the chance to fight the heavyweight champion. Sylvester Stallone, who wrote the original script and starred, earned an Academy Award nomination; the movie won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Film Editing.


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