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John Avildsen, Oscar-winning director of 'Rocky,' 'Karate Kid,' dead at 81

John G. Avildsen, who directed “Rocky” and “The Karate Kid” — two dark-horse, underdog favorites that went on to become Hollywood franchises — died Friday at age 81. Anthony Avildsen said his father died Friday in Los Angeles from pancreatic cancer. “Rocky” was a huge success. It won Oscars for…
Source: Morningcall

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