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John G Avildsen

21 December 1935 to 16 June 2017

An American director best known for a pair of films about sporting underdogs, Avildsen was at the helm of both Rocky (1976) and The Karate Kid (1984), receiving a BAFTA nomination and winning an Oscar for the former. His other notable credits included Save The Tiger (1973) and Travelling Hopefully (1982).

Read John G Avildsen's Guardian obituary here.