Jonathan Michael "Jon" Avnet
(born November 17, 1949) is an American director, writer and producer.
Avnet was born in Brooklyn
, the son of Joan Bertha (née Grossman) and Lester Francis Avnet, a corporate executive and electronics distributor. He attended Great Neck North High School
in Great Neck, New York
., Great Neck School District
. Accessed July 21, 2007. Avnet studied at Sarah Lawrence College.
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
Avnet then wrote (with screenwriter Larry Grusin
) and directed the TV-movie Between Two Women
in 1986 (ABC) starring Farrah Fawcett
(once again) and Colleen Dewhurst
. Later that year, he began producing in partnership with......