Superman, Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner dies at age 91

Superman director Richard Donner dies at age 91: The Hollywood staple was also known for the Eighties blockbusters The Goonies and Lethal Weapon

  • Hollywood director Richard Donner died at the age of 91 on Monday 
  • He was behind many blockbuster movies from the Seventies and Eighties
  • His biggest hits were Superman, The Goonies and Lethal Weapon

Hollywood director Richard Donner has died at the age of 91.

The man behind many blockbuster movies from the Eighties – including Superman, The Goonies and Lethal Weapon – passed away on Monday, according to his wife, film producer Lauren Schuler Donner and his business manager.

The cause of death has not yet been revealed, according to Deadline. 

Sad loss: Hollywood director Richard Donner has died at the age of 91. The man behind many blockbuster movies from the Eighties including Superman, The Goonies and Lethal Weapon, passed away on Monday, according to his wife, film producer Lauren Schuler Donner, and his business manager. Seen in 2017

Donner was one of the top directors in the Seventies and Eighties as his name became synonymous with high-grossing summer films.

The icon was best known for The Omen, Superman, The Goonies and four Lethal Weapon films, but he had not worked much in the past decade.

He began his career in 1960 in television, first gaining momentum when he served as an assistant on The Loretta Young Show in 1961 for five episodes.

Super gig: In 1976 he directed Superman starring Christopher Reeves

His follow up was not a big earner: Ladyhawke with Michelle Pfeiffer was a critical success

A classic for kids: Then came the box office dynamo The Goonies in 1985 

He went on to work on the popular shows Route 66 and Wagon Train.

Then he directed episodes of The Riffleman and The Twilight Zone as well as the hit series The Man From UNCLE, Gilligan’s Island and The Streets Of San Francisco.

In 1968 Richard turned to directing movies with his debut being Salt & Pepper.

His follow up was not until 1975 when he had a big hit on his hands with the spooky horror feature The Omen with William Holden, Lee Grant and Lee Remick, which became an instant classic.

A fun  ride: In 1988 he rocked the box office with Scrooged starring SNL vet Bill Murray

Big bucks: In 1987 he collaborated with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover on the buddy cop movie Lethal Weapon which was such a massive success, it spawned three sequels, all of which were directed by Donner

That was followed up by Superman starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando and Margot Kidder, another big earner.

Ladyhawke with Michelle Pfeiffer was a critical success then came the box office dynamo The Goonies in 1985 which was based on a story by Steven Spielberg.

In 1987 he collaborated with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover on the buddy cop movie Lethal Weapon which was such a massive success, it spawned three sequels, all of which were directed by Donner. 

Family: Seen with his wife Lauren Shuler Donner at the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute To Diane Keaton in 2017

So beloved in Hollywood: Richard and Lauren with actress Dakota Fanning at the Richard Donner and Lauren Schuler Donner Star ceremony held at the Egyptian Theatre in 2008

In 1988 he rocked the box office with Scrooged starring SNL vet Bill Murray. 

Gibson was his star again for 1994’s Maverick with Jodie Foster as the love interest, then the pals worked together again in 1997’s Conspiracy Theory which also featured Julia Roberts.

Donner’s last project as director was 2006’s 16 Blocks.

Early days of fame: Donner working on the movie The Toy in 1982

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