Jon Avnet
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Jon Avnet

Jon Avnet
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Jon Avnet presenting Art Directors Guild award in 2014
Jonathan Michael Avnet

(1949-11-17) November 17, 1949 (age 70)
Brooklyn, New York City
EducationAFI Conservatory
Alma materSarah Lawrence College
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, film producer
Known forco-founder of Avnet-Kerner Productions
Barbara Brody
Parent(s)Joan Grossman Avnet
Lester Francis Avnet
FamilyCharles Avnet (grandfather)

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

Early life

Avnet was born in Brooklyn, the son of Joan Bertha (née Grossman) and Lester Francis Avnet, a corporate executive with Avnet (a Global distributor of IT & electronics)[1][2][3] founded by his grandfather, Charles Avnet. He has two siblings, Carole Avnet Rocherolle and Rosalind Avnet Lazarus.[2] He attended Great Neck North High School in Great Neck, New York.[4] He earned a B.A. degree in film and theater arts from Sarah Lawrence College in 1971.[5]


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.[5] Avnet was also the executive producer of the 2010 movie Black Swan.[6]

Personal life

Avnet has been married to the artist Barbara Brody since 1975.[7] He is Jewish.[8] They have three children, Alexandra Avnet Costantino, Jacob Avnet, and Lily Avnet.[9][10]





  1. ^ "Jon Avnet Biography (1949-)".
  2. ^ a b Reif, Rita (January 15, 1994). "Joan Avnet, Dealer, Collector and Donor Of Art, Is Dead at 80". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "L.F. Avnet Dead; Industrialist, 57". The New York Times . January 4, 1970.
  4. ^ Famous Great Neck Alumni from the 1960s Archived May 28, 2017, at, Great Neck School District. Accessed July 21, 2007.
  5. ^ a b "Jon Avnet: Biography". Yahooo Entertainment. Archived from the original on April 10, 2008. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Jon Avnet Filmography".
  7. ^ "Barbara Brody Avnet".
  8. ^ Weinraub, Bernard (November 4, 2001). "Television/Radio; A Seldom-Seen Holocaust Image: The Resister". The New York Times. Have you ever seen the story of the resistance? Have you ever seen a Jew pick up a gun and kill a German in the Holocaust? asked Mr. Avnet, 51, who is Jewish.
  9. ^ "Avnet, Jon 1949-". Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "Alexandra Avnet, Thomas Costantino". The New York Times. May 15, 2010. Alexandra Lester Avnet, a daughter of Barbara Brody Avnet and Jon Avnet of Topanga, Calif., was married at her parents' home Saturday evening to Thomas John Costantino, the son of Carole Costantino and Salvatore Costantino of Grassmere, Staten Island. Rabbi David Baron officiated.

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