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Name  Jon Avnet
Role  Director
Spouse  Barbara Avnet (m. 1975)

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Full Name  Jonathan Michael Avnet
Born  November 17, 1949 (age 66) (1949-11-17) Brooklyn, New York City
Occupation  Film director, screenwriter, film producer
Children  Jacob Avnet, Lily Avnet, Alexandra Lester Avnet
Parents  Lester Francis Avnet, Joan Bertha Grossmann
Education  University of Pennsylvania, Sarah Lawrence College
Movies  Fried Green Tomatoes, Righteous Kill, 88 Minutes, Red Corner, Up Close and Personal
Similar People  Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Fannie Flagg, Jordan Kerner, Kathy Bates

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Jonathan Michael Avnet (born November 17, 1949), better known as Jon Avnet, is an American director, writer and producer.


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Early life

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Avnet was born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, the son of Joan Bertha (née Grossman) and Lester Francis Avnet, a corporate executive with Avnet (a Global distributor of IT & electronics). He attended Great Neck North High School in Great Neck, New York.


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Avnet directed his first movie, Fried Green Tomatoes, in 1991, followed by The War in 1994, with Elijah Wood in the lead and Kevin Costner in a supporting role as his father. He directed Up Close & Personal in 1996, which was loosely based on the life of 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. Avnet was also the executive producer of the 2010 movie Black Swan.

Personal life

Avnet has been married to the artist Barbara Brody since 1975.


  • Risky Business (1983) (producer only)
  • Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
  • The War (1994)
  • Up Close & Personal (1996)
  • Red Corner (1997)
  • 88 Minutes (2007)
  • Righteous Kill (2008)
  • Three Christs (2018)
  • Television

  • Call to Glory (1984–1985)
  • Uprising (2001)
  • Boomtown (2002–2003)
  • Justified (2010–2013)
  • Have a Little Faith (2011)
  • References

    Jon Avnet Wikipedia