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Encyclopedia > Jon Avnet
Jon Avnet
Birth name Jonathan Michael Avnet
Born November 17, 1949 (1949-11-17) (age 57)
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Spouse(s) Barbara Brody [1]

Jonathan Michael Avnet (born November 17, 1949) is an American director/writer/producer. 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Brooklyn (named after the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... Nickname: Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1625 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area  - City  468. ... NY redirects here. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ...

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Biography

Early Life

Jon Avnet was born in 1949 Brooklyn to Robert Avnet, [2] chair of the largest distributor of electronic equipment at the time (Avnet, Inc.), and Joan Bertha Avnet. He attended Great Neck North High School in Great Neck, New York. 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Brooklyn (named after the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... AvnetItalic text is a technology B2B distributor headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. ... John L. Miller Great Neck North High School or simply North High School is a high school, comprising grades 9 through 12. ... Great Neck is a village in Nassau County, New York, in the USA, on the North Shore of Long Island. ...


Career

Avnet came into show business by staging Off-Broadway theatrical productions. He later entered the film industry as a reader at United Artists and then took part in the director's program of the American Film Institute when his student film "Confusion's Corner" (featuring Richard Gere, then unknown) got him a fellowship. After he had worked as an associate producer, Avnet started Tisch/Avnet Productions in 1977 with Steve Tisch. They spent seven years producing many successful films (including "Risky Business" in 1983 which turned Tom Cruise into a star), several issue-oriented made-for-TV movies like "The Burning Bed" in 1984(NBC), starring Farrah Fawcett, and the much praised, but short-running series "Call to Glory" in 1984-85(ABC). The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... The American Film Institute (AFI) is an independent non-profit organization created by the National Endowment for the Arts, which was established in 1967 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act. ... Richard Tiffany Gere[1] (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Steven Steve Tisch is the chairman, executive vice president, and co-owner of the New York Giants, as well as a movie director. ... Spoiler warning: Risky Business is a 1983 film written and directed by Paul Brickman. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer. ... The Burning Bed is a non-fiction book by Faith McNulty about a battered Michigan housewife, Francine Hughes, who was for the murder of her husband on March 9, 1977 to stop thirteen years of domestic abuse. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... NBC (a former acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Farrah Fawcett (b. ... Call to Glory is an American television series which aired from 1984 to 1985. ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ...


Avnet then wrote (with screenwriter Larry Grusin) and directed the TV-movie "Between Two Women" in 1986 (ABC) starring Farrah Fawcett (once again) and the late Colleen Dewhurst. Later that year, he began producing in partnership with Jordan Kerner, the former vice president of the dramatic programming component of ABC. Among their early pictures were "Less Than Zero" in 1987, based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis and "Men Don't Leave" in 1990, starring Jessica Lange as a widow. Avnet made his directorial debut in theaters with the surprise hit movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" in 1991. Avnet succeeded this triumph by producing many children-oriented movies for Disney: the very successful children's sports comedy "The Mighty Ducks" in 1992 and its two sequels (in [[1994 and 1996) and the 1993 reworked version of "The Three Musketeers" as well as the surprise 1997 hit "George of the Jungle". He aimed a little higher with "When a Man Loves a Woman" in 1994 starring Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia. 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Farrah Fawcett (b. ... Colleen Dewhurst (born June 3, 1924; died August 22, 1991) was a Canadian-born actress best known for playing Marilla Cuthbert in the various Anne of Green Gables productions from Sullivan Entertainment. ... Jordan Kerner is a producer. ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Less Than Zero is a 1987 film based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bret Easton Ellis (born March 7, 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is an American author. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... Jessica Lange in The Glass Menagerie (2005) Jessica Phyllis Lange (born April 20, 1949 in Cloquet, Minnesota) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... The Mighty Ducks is the first film in The Mighty Ducks trilogy, produced by Avnet-Kerner Productions and Walt Disney Pictures, distributed by Buena Vista Distribution, and originally released to movie theatres by October 2, 1992. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... The Three Musketeers is a 1993 movie version of the classic story from Walt Disney Pictures, directed by Stephen Herek. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... George of the Jungle is a live-action film based on the original cartoon of the same name. ... When a Man Loves a Woman is a 1994 drama film, starring Andy Garcia, Meg Ryan, Tina Majorino, Mae Whitman, Ellen Burstyn and Lauren Tom. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Andy Garcia at the Incirlik hospital, Incirlik Air Base, December 7, 2001 Andy García (born April 12, 1956) is a Cuban-American actor. ...


Avnet directed the film "The War" in 1994 with Elijah Wood in the lead and Kevin Costner in a supporting role as his father. On a roll, he followed up with the film "Up Close & Personal" in 1996, which was loosely based on the life of the late Jessica Savitch. It was written by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne and starred Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer. Avnet addressed political issues with his fourth film "Red Corner" in 1997, a movie about the Chinese legal system, starring Richard Gere and Bai Ling. Because of Gere's presence and support for Tibet and the Dalai Lama, they could not film in China and the settings had to be recreated in Southern California. Avnet, however, did film a few scenes in Beijing and also put in some footage of actual Chinese executions [3]. In 2001, Jon Avnet created the made-for-TV war drama Uprising (2001) about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, starring Leelee Sobieski and Hank Azaria. Finally, in 2008, his movie 88 Minutes, starring Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, Leelee Sobieski, Benjamin McKenzie, and Deborah Kara Unger will be released in the United States. The War is a 1994 film starring Elijah Wood as Stu Simmons and Kevin Costner as his father. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... This page may meet Wikipedia’s criteria for speedy deletion. ... Kevin Michael Costner (born January 18, 1955) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor and director who has often produced his own films. ... Up Close & Personal is a 1996 American motion picture drama/romance that was inspired by the story of Jessica Savitch who, in the 1970s, became the First Woman Anchor on American television. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Photo of Joan Didion by Robert Birnbaum Joan Didion (born December 5, 1934) is an American writer, known as a journalist, essayist, and novelist. ... John Gregory Dunne (25 May 1932 - 30 December 2003) was an American novelist, screenwriter and literary critic. ... Robert Redford (born Charles Robert Redford, Jr. ... Michelle Pfeiffer (born April 29, 1958) is an American actress. ... RED CORNER is the name of an ever growing web site. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Richard Tiffany Gere[1] (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Bai Bai Ling (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: ) (born October 10, 1970[1]) is a Chinese actress who has also attained fame in the United States. ... Richard Tiffany Gere[1] (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor. ... Tibet (older spelling Thibet; Tibetan: བོད་; Wylie: Bod; Lhasa dialect IPA: [; Simplified and Traditional Chinese: 西藏, Hanyu Pinyin: XÄ«zàng; also referred to as 藏区 (Simplified Chinese), 藏區 (Traditional Chinese), ZàngqÅ« (Hanyu Pinyin), see Name section below) is a plateau region in Central Asia and the indigenous home to the Tibetan people. ... The 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso (1876-1933). ... For the urban complex straddling the United States-Mexico border, see Bajalta California. ... Beijing (Chinese: 北京; pinyin: BÄ›ijÄ«ng; IPA: ;  ), a metropolis in northern China, is the capital of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). ... DVD Cover Uprising is a 2001 war/drama television movie about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Combatants Nazi Germany {SS, SD, Gestapo, Ordnungspolizei, Wehrmacht} Collaborators {Blue Police, Jewish Ghetto Police} Jewish resistance (Å»OB, Å»ZW) Polish resistance (Armia Krajowa, Gwardia Ludowa) Commanders Ferdinand von Sammern-Frankenegg Jürgen Stroop Franz Bürkl Mordechai Anielewicz† Dawid Apfelbaum† PaweÅ‚ Frenkiel† Icchak Cukierman Marek Edelman Zivia Lubetkin Henryk IwaÅ„ski... Leelee Sobieski (born Liliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta Sobieski on June 10, 1983[1]) is an American actress. ... Henry Albert Azaria (born April 25, 1964) is a three-time Emmy Award-winning American actor, comedian and voice artist. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Alicia Roanne Witt (born August 21, 1975 in Worcester, Massachusetts) is an American actress. ... Leelee Sobieski (born Liliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta Sobieski on June 10, 1983[1]) is an American actress. ... Ben McKenzie on Ben McKenzie (born Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan on September 12, 1978) is an American actor. ... Deborah Kara Unger (born May 12, 1964[1] or 1963 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian actress. ...


He often works with Chris O'Donnell, Gary Basaraba, Afton Smith, Raynor Scheine, Farrah Fawcett, Leelee Sobieski and Kathy Bates. Christopher Chris Eugene ODonnell (born on June 26, 1970 in Winnetka, Illinois, USA) is an Golden Globe Award Nominated American actor. ... Gary Basaraba as Officer Ray Hechler in Boomtown. ... A promotional photo of Raynor Scheine Raynor Scheine is a veteran actor who has appeared in films for three decades dating back to 1979, including My Cousin Vinny and Fried Green Tomatoes. ... Farrah Fawcett (b. ... Leelee Sobieski (born Liliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta Sobieski on June 10, 1983[1]) is an American actress. ... Kathleen Doyle Bates (born June 28, 1948) is an Academy Award-winning American theatrical, film, and television actress, and a stage and television director. ...


Also, in 2007, Avnet became a judge on the reality TV show On the Lot[4]. 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... On the Lot is a reality show competition produced by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett. ...


Family

He has three kids: Jacob (an actor, acted in Inspector Gadget and Fried Green Tomatoes as an extra [5]), Alexandra, and Lily. Inspector Gadget is a 1999 live-action film based on the popular animated cartoon series Inspector Gadget. ... Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.nndb.com/people/646/000043517/
  2. ^ http://www.careerbuilder.com/JobSeeker/Companies/CompanyDetails.aspx?IPath=SQ&hhname=Avnet1&cbRecursionCnt=1&cbsid=3fda9a92db5d435f806fbbcbd8f29a39-233505819-W5-2
  3. ^ http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800035352/bio
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000816/
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0043258/

External Links

  • Jon Avnet at IMDb
  • Jacob Avnet at IMDb

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