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American director Richard Donner, known for the first films “Superman”, “The Goonies” and the tetralogy “Lethal Weapon”, died Monday at the age of 91.
Hollywood is in mourning. American director Richard Donner died Monday, July 5, at the age of 91. He was notably known for having directed the first “Superman” and the adventure film “The Goonies”.
Among Richard Donner’s great titles are “La Malédiction” (1976), “Lethal Weapon” – a tetralogy with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover started in 1987 -, “Fantômes en fête” (“Scrooged”, 1988) and his last film, “16 Blocks” (2006). He has also directed episodes of major television shows such as “Max la Menace” (“Get Smart”), “Perry Mason”, “Isle of Shipwrecks” (“Gilligan’s Island”) and “The Fourth Dimension” (” The Twilight Zone “). He was also producer of “X-Men” and “Save Willy” (“Free Willy”).
Superman, The Goonies, Lethal Weapon, Ladyhawke, The Curse …
It is a certain know-how, and a Hollywood efficiency, which disappears with Richard Donner, this evening. pic.twitter.com/nLRlecshGH
– The Cinematheque (@cinemathequefr) July 5, 2021
The Hollywood Reporter quotes Richard Donner’s assistant to confirm his death, while Deadline explains that his wife, Lauren Schuler Donner, did not specify the cause of death.
A “powerful mastery of his films”
“Richard Donner had the loudest, most powerful voice you can imagine,” “Goonies” star Sean Astin commented on Twitter. “He was attracting attention and laughing like no man had ever laughed before. Dick was so funny. What I felt about him, as a 12 year old, was that he cared about people. others. I love how much he cared about others, “the actor tweeted.
Richard Donner had the biggest, boomiest voice you could imagine.
He commanded attention and he laughed like no man has ever laughed before. Dick was so much fun. What I perceived in him, as a 12 year old kid, is that he cared. I love how much he cared.
– Goonies Never Say Die
– Sean Astin (@SeanAstin) July 5, 2021
Steven Spielberg, who wrote the story on which “The Goonies” is based, said in a statement that Richard Donner had a “powerful mastery of his films.”
Born in the Bronx and raised in New York City before joining New York University, Richard Donner also served in the United States military, according to the Hollywood Reporter.