John Avildsen, the award winning director who created such classics as Rocky and The Karate Kid has died. Avildsen had a storied career, making some of the most memorable films in history, and during the process, he made a good living.
But how good was it? Learn about John Avildsen net worth below.
John Avildsen had a long career making famous movies, but some of his best known films were Rocky and The Karate Kid.
Avildsen made Rocky with only $1 million and a few weeks of time, after a “nobody” named Sylvester Stalone managed to get him to read his script. The film ended up winning an Oscar, and became a cultural icon.
The Karate Kid was somewhat similar — not a particularly large budget film, that eventually became a surprise blockbuster. The film, released in the mid-1908s, inspired a generation of youths who wanted to learn karate in order to be like Ralph Macchio.
John Avildsen made many other movies as well. In addition to sequels of both of the films above, he is known for Joe, Save the Tiger, and Lean on Me.
Like many directors of his time, Avildsen was comfortable but never got fabulously wealthy. He grew up poor, and most of his films didn’t make a ton of money.
John Avildsen’s films didn’t bring in the hundreds of millions of dollars that today’s films make. He would be lucky to make a million or two on a film during his time.
At the time of his death in 2018, John Avildsen net worth was around $25 million. That money will go to his three children, as well as other surviving family members.