Richard Donner was born on April 24, 1930. He began his directing career by shooting commercials, then popular TV series such as “Twilight Zone”, “The Fugitive”, “San Francisco Streets”, “Kojak” and “Perry Mason”.
Donner made his feature film debut in 1961 with “X-15” starring Charles Bronson. However, the path to a real Hollywood career was opened by the movie “Omen”, filmed in 1976 – and many considered it one of the best horror films in the history of cinema.
There are dozens of films and series in Richard Donner’s filmography, including such popular titles as the “Lethal Weapon” series with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Earlier this year, we wrote that Donner would be behind the camera for the series’ fifth scheduled installment. “It is not only an honor for me, but also a duty to finish this series with dignity,” he said in an interview.
Richard Donner is also the creator of the 1978 movie Superman, in which Christopher Reeve starred with Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, and Gene Hackman on screen. The film received three Academy Award nominations and won a Special Academy Award for Visual Effects. His success paved the way for later superhero blocks.
Viewers around the world will also remember Donner as director of the cult “Goonies”, which many generations have grown up to date, as well as films such as “The Falcon’s Charm” with Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Toy” with Richard Pryor and Jack Gleeson, a “conspiracy theory” or “dissident”.