Magazine article Screen International

Hollywood Luminaries John G. Avildsen, Bill Butler Die

Magazine article Screen International

Hollywood Luminaries John G. Avildsen, Bill Butler Die

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Filmmakers enjoyed their heydays in the 1970s.

The world of cinema has lost two luminaries in Rocky director John G. Avildsen and A Clockwork Orange editor Bill Butler.

Avildsen died on June 16 from pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 81.

After starting out as a cinematographer he ventured into directing, eventually guiding Jack Lemmon to an Academy Award-winning performance in Save The Tiger in 1974.

Three years later he won the directing Oscar for Rocky - a film he later professed to having had no initial interest in until he became enchanted by the first pages of Sylvester Stallone’s Oscar-nominated script. …

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