Who was Richard Donner?
Richard Donner was born Richard Donald Schwartzberg on April 24, 1930, in New York City
He emerged in the 1980s as one of Hollywood’s most reliable makers of action movies
The most notable films in his resume were the ‘Lethal Weapon’ series and Superman
Richard Donner was an American film director known for his action blockbusters, most notably the Lethal weapon film series. He died on Monday at the age of 91.
Born as Richard Donald Schwartzberg on April 24, 1930, in New York City, he emerged in the 1980s as one of Hollywood’s most reliable makers of action movies. Donner began his showbiz journey as an actor in Off-Broadway productions before moving to California, where he directed numerous industrial films and television commercials. He moved onto TV series In the early 1960s, helming episodes of shows such as Wanted: Dead or Alive and Route 66. His first directorial venture in movies came in 1961 when he helmed a Cold War drama called X-15, starring Charles Bronson and Mary Tyler Moore.
His second movie was a comedy called Salt and Pepper (1968). The movie featured Sammy Davis, Jr., and Peter and went on to become a minor hit. His real big-screen breakthrough came when he helmed the supernatural thriller ‘The Omen’ in 1976. The movie starred Gregory Peck in the lead role.
He also did the high-profile assignment of directing Superman (1978), which starred Christopher Reeve in the title role, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, and Gene Hackman as archvillain Lex Luthor.
Donner found his greatest success with the blockbuster Lethal Weapon series that started in 1987. He then went on the direct the sequels too, all of which were blockbusters. He cemented his place as a director in the history of cinema with this franchise.