John T. Reavis/Associated PressJohn Travioli, the director of John Trenchcoat and the Big Lebowski, was an early movie critic and actor.
He is best known for his role as a doctor in The Big Lebbowski, but he also wrote and directed several of the films that were made.
In the 1920s and ’30s, he worked in films and theater, including The Wild One, which he directed and starred in.
Here are some of the things you need to know about John Tavioli.1.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1913.
He moved to Philadelphia at the age of 19 and later attended the University of Pennsylvania.
His father was a professional boxer.2.
He and his wife, Anna (Bryant), divorced in 1934.
They had two children, Henry and Laura.3.
John Tavalioli was a longtime member of the Screen Actors Guild.4.
John was an avid sports fan, playing both basketball and baseball for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia Warriors.5.
John attended the Philadelphia Flyers’ training camp and attended a series of games with a small group of fellow actors and film directors.6.
He began acting as an actor in his late 30s and began writing and directing, with the help of the late Harold Russell, in his early 40s.7.
John received his first acting credit in the 1939 film The Wild Ones, a satire about a group of cowboys who go on a mission to rescue a baby girl from a group in Mexico.8.
John went on to direct two more films: The Great Gatsby (1944) and A Man Called Love (1947), and co-wrote the screenplay for John Tastelli’s 1955 comedy, The Big One.9.
John’s career spanned four decades.
He won an Oscar for The Wild Boys and appeared in a pair of The Big Bads, as well as other film adaptations.10.
In his early 20s, John was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
He died in New York in March 2017.