On Monday, July 5, at the age of 92, famous Hollywood director Richard Donner died. The sad news was announced by the director’s wife Lauren Shuler Donner. The cause of death has not yet been named. Donner is best known as the director of the Lethal Weapon franchise, Superman with Christopher Reeve, and the cult horror film The Omen.
Richard Donner was born on April 24, 1930, in the Bronx. He began his directorial career on television, filming episodes of the series “The Twilight Zone”, “Get Your Grip”, “Perry Mason”, “Agents of ANCL”, “Wild Wild West”. Donner’s full-length debut was the crime comedy Salt and Pepper (1968), and his first real success came with the horror film The Omen (1976). Two years later, Richard directed Superman, now considered a classic.
In the 1980s, the director continued to work actively, and his main success was the police buddy film Lethal Weapon (1987) starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, which marked the beginning of a successful franchise. At the end of last year, Donner announced the shooting of the fifth part of “Lethal Weapon”, but, alas, he did not have time to start them. His most recent directorial work was the action movie 16 Quarters with Brussels Willis (2006).
Steven Spielberg, who produced Donner’s adventure comedy The Goonies, commented on the Hollywood veteran’s departure:
“Being in his company was like hanging out with your favorite coach, smartest professor, coolest motivator, best friend, loyal ally, and, of course, the greatest Goonies. He was an absolute child. With all my heart. Every minute. I can’t believe he’s gone, but his soulful, husky laugh will stay with me forever. “