Jon Avnet

Producer, Executive, Director
This son of the founder and chair of the largest distributor of electronic equipment entered show business staging theatrical productions Off-Broadway. He entered the film industry as a reader at United Artists and ... Read more »
Born: 11/17/1949 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (53)

Blue: A Secret Life 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Jackie & Ryan 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Black Swan 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

88 Minutes 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Righteous Kill 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dogs 1997 - 1998, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Land of the Blind 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Steal This Movie 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Inspector Gadget 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

George of the Jungle 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Red Corner 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

D3: The Mighty Ducks 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Up Close and Personal 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Miami Rhapsody 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

D2: The Mighty Ducks 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

The War 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

When A Man Loves A Woman 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Switch 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Three Musketeers 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Mighty Ducks 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fried Green Tomatoes 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Funny About Love 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Men Don't Leave 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Breaking Point 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Side By Side 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In Love and War 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Less Than Zero 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Burning Bed 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Deal of the Century 1983 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Risky Business 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Prime Suspect 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Producer

Coast to Coast 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crash 1977 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

A House Divided (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Backfield in Motion (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Call to Glory (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Do You Know the Muffin Man? (TV Show)

Executive Producer

For Their Own Good (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Heat Wave (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Homeward Bound (TV Show)

Producer

Mama Flora's Family (TV Show)

Executive Producer

My First Love (TV Show)

Executive Producer

My Last Love (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge (TV Show)

Executive Producer

No Other Love (TV Show)

Producer

Poodle Springs (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Silence of the Heart (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Something So Right (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Nightman (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Triplecross (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Uprising (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (12)

Justified 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Rake 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Director

88 Minutes 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Righteous Kill 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The Starter Wife 2006 (TV Show)

Director

Boomtown 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

The Red Corner 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Up Close and Personal 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The War 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Fried Green Tomatoes 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Between Two Women (TV Show)

Director
Actor (2)

On the Lot 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor
Other (1)

Men Don't Leave 1990 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Biography

This son of the founder and chair of the largest distributor of electronic equipment entered show business staging theatrical productions Off-Broadway. He entered the film industry as a reader at United Artists and later participated in the director's program of the American Film Institute after his student film "Confusion's Corner" (featuring a then-unknown Richard Gere) earned him a fellowship. After working as an associate producer, Avnet and family friend Steve Tisch launched Tisch/Avnet Productions in 1977. For seven years, they oversaw a number of successful features (most notably 1983's "Risky Business" which catapulted Tom Cruise to stardom), several issue-oriented TV-movies like "The Burning Bed" (NBC, 1984), starring Farrah Fawcett, and the acclaimed, but short-lived series "Call to Glory" (ABC, 1984-85).

Relationships

Joan Bertha Avnet

Mother

Alexandra Avnet

Daughter

Lily Avnet

Daughter

Jacob Avnet

Son
Acted in "Inspector Gadget" (1999) and "Fried Green Tomatoes" (1991) as an extra

Lester Avnet

Father
World's largest distributor of electronic equipment

Barbara Brody

Wife
Married in September 1975

EDUCATION

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1972 - 1974
Graduated 1974

Great Neck North High School

Great Neck , New York 1967
Classmates included Andy Kaufman

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville , New York 1971
Was one of the school's first male undergraduates

Conservatory for Advanced Film Studies

1972 - 1973

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California 1972
Attended on fellowship

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Attended Penn's Wharton School of business

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville , New York 1971
Was one of the school's first male undergraduates

Milestones

2008

Directed Al Pacino in the thriller, "88 Minutes"

2008

Directed "Righteous Kill," which teamed Al Pacino and Robert De Niro as cops on the hunt of a serial killer

2007

Directed (also produced) the USA miniseries, "The Starter Wife"; earned a DGA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television

2002

Directed the NBC pilot "Boomtown"

2001

Wrote (also directed and produced) the acclaimed NBC miniseries "Uprising" (released in theaters breifly after its TV debut)

2000

Executive produced "Steal This Movie"; a biopic of 1960s radical Abbie Hoffman

2000

Was executive producer of the Showtime drama "A House Divided"

1999

Executive produced the comedy feature "Inspector Gadget"

1998

Executive produced of the HBO drama "Poodle Springs"; adapted from an unfinished Raymond Chandler manuscript completed by Robert Parker

1997

Co-produced the surprise box office success "George of the Jungle"

1997

Helmed "Red Corner" starring Richard Gere

1996

Directed and co-produced "Up Close and Personal"

1994

Produced and directed the famliy drama "The War"; co-starred Elijah Wood and Kevin Costner

1992

Co-produced "The Mighty Ducks" for Disney; also produced two sequels

1991

Feature film directorial debut with "Fried Green Tomatoes"; did uncredited work on the screenplay

1988

First TV production (Avnet/Kerner Co.), "Side By Side" (CBS)

1987

First Avnet/Kerner feature production, "Less Than Zero"

1986

Formed Avnet/Kerner Company with Jordan Kerner

1986

TV directorial and co-writing debut, "Between Two Women" (ABC), co-starring Fawcett and Colleen Dewhurst

1984

Executive produced the acclaimed NBC TV-movie, "The Burning Bed" (featured a breakthrough performance by Farrah Fawcett)

1983

Had success with "Risky Business" which catapulted Tom Cruise to stardom

1979

First Tisch/Avnet TV production, "No Other Love"

1977

First feature as associate producer, "Checkered Flag or Crash"; also worked on "Outlaw Blues"

1975

Became director, creative affairs at Sequoia Pictures

1974

Joined United Artists as a reader

Raised in Great Neck, NY

Began career as director of Off-Broadway stage productions

Produced and directed first short, "Confusion's Circle" (starring a then-unknown Richard Gere); won directing fellowship at American Film Institute

Joined Weintraub/Heller productions (as an associate producer)

Co-founded and ran Tisch/Avnet Productions with Steve Tisch

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