According to US media, Richard Donner, a prolific director who directed the first Superman picture, The Goonies, and other blockbuster successes, died on Monday at the age of 91.
Donner’s previous films include The Omen (1976), the Lethal Weapon police series starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover beginning in 1987, Scrooged (1988), and his final film, 16 Blocks, released in 2006.
According to IMDB, he also directed episodes of classic 20th-century tv shows including Get Smart, Perry Mason, Gilligan’s Island, and The Twilight Zone, as well as producing blockbuster successes like X-Men and Free Willy. Watch a tribute video below
On Twitter, Goonies star Sean Astin stated, “Richard Donner had the largest, boomiest voice you could imagine.”
“He had everyone’s attention and laughed as no one else had ever laughed before. Dick was a lot of fun. As a 12-year-old boy, what I saw in him was that he cared. I admire how concerned he was “Astin tweeted about his role as an adolescent treasure hunter in the 1985 film.
In a statement, fellow filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who penned the script for The Goonies, said Donner had a strong command of his films.
“Being in his orbit was like hanging out with your favourite coach, brightest professor, toughest motivator, most charming buddy, staunchest ally, and – of course – the greatest Goonie of all,” Spielberg’s production firm Amblin said in a statement.
Donner was raised in the Bronx and attended New York University before joining the US military.
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