Richard Donner, the prolific Hollywood director and producer featuring some of the most iconic films of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Superman (starring Christopher Reeve), Los Goonies and the police series starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, Lethal weapon, has died at the age of 91.
Donner died on Monday, as reported by his wife, the producer Lauren Schuler Donner, and your business manager. No cause of death has been revealed.
Donner, was born in the Bronx, and he was a great man. He began his career as a television director, crediting a long list of core shows including Route 66, The Rifleman, The Twilight Zone, The Man From UNCLE, Gilligan’s Island, Perry Mason y The Wild Wild West. After his debut feature, the 1968 crime comedy Salt & Pepper, starring Sammy Davis Jr. y Peter Lawford, Donner went to the movies full time with the creepy The 1976 prophecy.
This led him to direct Superman in 1978, the original superhero film starring Reeve as the Man of Steel along with Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando y Gene Hackman. Warner Bros’ box office success was brutal with a budget of approximately $ 55 million grossing more than $ 300 million at the worldwide box office. The first motion picture based on a superhero comic book character got three Oscar nominations and won an Academy Award for his visual effects.
A dispute with the producers ended with the removal of his name in the direction of Superman II, when he was hired Richard Lester after Donner had shot most of the movie. In 2006, a director’s cut of the film was released with many of the scenes directed by Donner.
Until that time, however, Donner had garnered other blockbusters across all genres, leading to Jackie Gleason y Richard Pryor in comedy Her Favorite Toy (1982), and in the same year the medieval adventure Lady hawk and the adventure film for all audiences Los Goonies, with script of Chris Columbus based on a story by Steven Spielberg.
These were followed by another franchise launch movie at Warner Bros, Lethal Weapon in 1987, in a role that made the star of Mad Max, Gibson, into a global superstar. Donner directed all four Lethal Weapon films in an 11-year span, grossing more than $ 900 million worldwide.
Donner and Gibson would re-team as a director and star in the movies. Maverick (1994) Y Conspiracy (1997). His directing credits also include the 1988 Christmas movie, Ghosts attack the boss with Bill Murray and the 1980 drama, Max’s Bar (Inside Moves) con John Savage y David Morse co-written by Barry Levinson.
As a producer, Donner and his wife and producer Lauren Schuler Donner produced dozens of films under their production banner of The Donners ‘Company, including franchise X-Men which has spawned 13 notable films over a span of two decades in 20th Century Fox / 20th Century Studios, including presentation of the smart Deadpool from Ryan Reynolds. The last image of the X-Men series, The New Mutants, was released in August 2020. In total, those films grossed nearly $ 2.5 billion globally.
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