It was revealed yesterday that the legendary director, Richard Donner had passed away at the age of 91.
It’s not easy in Hollywood to make your mark, but Richard Donner certainly did.
If you were to just take a cursory glance at his filmography, you’d probably be blown away.
He directed the likes of Superman, Superman 2, the Lethal Weapon movies, Scrooged, The Goonies, The Omen, Ladyhawke…
The list is literally endless.
I grew up watching many of his movies on hard rotation.
The Lethal Weapon films were personal favourites of mine growing up, and I was really looking forward to seeing him make Lethal Weapon 5.
However, it was announced yesterday that the director had very sadly passed away at 91 years of age.
Richard Donner was a Hollywood legend
Steven Spielberg was among the first to pay tribute to Donner, calling the director, “so gifted”.
In a statement through his Amblin production company, he said: “Dick had such a powerful command of his movies, and was so gifted across so many genres.
Being in his circle was akin to hanging out with your favourite coach, smartest professor, fiercest motivator, most endearing friends, staunchest ally, and – of course – the greatest Goonie of all. He was all kid. All heart. All the time. I can’t believe he’s gone, but his husky, hearty laugh will stay with me always.
Many other directors, actors and even video game creators (Hideo Kojima) paid tribute to Donner on social media.
Donner was rare as far as directors go in the sense that he was able to make brilliant movies across a wide range of genres.
Action movies, horror films, comedies, kids films, superhero movies, dramas… He made them all, and to great effect.
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