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Director Richard Donner with his wife Lauren Schuler, June 6, 2019, Los Angeles (United States) | Photo: BigStock
Richard Donner, the American filmmaker who made some of the most iconic films of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Superman, Goonies and Lethal Weapon, died on Monday (5), at the age of 91. The cause of death has not been revealed.
According to Variety and Deadline, Donner’s wife and manager have confirmed the director’s death.
Prior to making his film debut, Donner had a long career as a director of American television classics such as Beyond Imagination and Gilligan’s Island.
Among the first big movies Donner made was The Prophecy of 1976. Two years later he brought Superman’s story to the screen, with Christopher Reeve in the lead role. Other blockbusters made by Donner include Aquila’s Spell and The Ghosts Strikes Back.
The Lethal Weapon film series has reinvented an action film genre and brought it into the group of directors who have made over $ 1 billion from their films, according to Variety.
He has also been a producer on films such as Free Willy and Lost Boys, and most recently he produced X-Men in 2000 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
His last film as director was “16 Quadras”, from 2006, with actor Bruce Willis.
Late last year, Donner had signed on to direct the film Lethal Weapon 5, starring actors Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.