Richard Donner

Donner in 1979 Richard Donner (born Richard Donald Schwartzberg; April 24, 1930 – July 5, 2021) was an American filmmaker. Described as "one of Hollywood's most reliable makers of action blockbusters," Donner directed some of the most financially-successful films of the 1970’s and 1980’s. His 50-year career crossed genres and influenced trends among filmmakers across the world.

Donner began his career in 1957 as a television director. In the 1960s, he directed episodes of the series ''The Rifleman'', ''The Man from U.N.C.L.E.'', ''The Fugitive'', ''The Twilight Zone'', ''The Banana Splits'', and many others. Donner made his film debut with the low-budget aviation drama ''X-15'' in 1961, but had his critical and commercial breakthrough with the horror film ''The Omen'' in 1976. He directed the landmark superhero film ''Superman'' in 1978, which provided an inspiration for the fantasy film genre to eventually gain artistic respectability and commercial dominance. Donner later went on to direct films in the 1980s such as ''The Goonies'' and ''Scrooged'', while reinvigorating the buddy cop film genre with the ''Lethal Weapon'' series.

Donner and his wife, Lauren, owned a production company, The Donners' Company, which is most successful for producing the ''Free Willy'' and ''X-Men'' film franchises. Donner also produced ''Tales from the Crypt'' and co-wrote several comic books for ''Superman'' publisher DC Comics. In 2000, Donner received the President's Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Provided by Wikipedia

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