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

World 17-6-2017 CBC World 36

John Avildsen, the Oscar-winning director who made Hollywood's quintessential underdog story in 1976 boxing saga Rocky with a then unknown Sylvester Stallone, and crafted another inspiring tale in The Karate Kid, died on Friday at age 81, his family said.

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