Richard Donner (born Richard Donald Schwartzberg, April 24, 1930) is an American director and producer of film and television and occasional comic-book writer. After directing the horror film The Omen (1976), Donner became famous for directing the first modern superhero film, Superman (1978), starring Christopher Reeve. Donner later went on to direct movies such as The Goonies (1985) and Scrooged (1988), while reinvigorating the buddy film genre with the Lethal Weapon film series. He and his wife, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, own the production company The Donners’ Company, most well known for producing the X-Men film series. In 2000, he received the President’s Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Film historian Michael Barson once wrote that Richard Donner is “one of Hollywood’s most reliable makers of action blockbusters”.
This was true but his ability to capture action, romance, and combine that with humor was unmatched during the 70’s, and 80’s. His movies proved it. My favorite of his were by far “Superman & The Goonies” which were both staples in my house growing up. Star Wars was the main focus as you all know growing up but not far behind was Superman, and The Goonies. Simply put as directors, film makers are concerned other then George Lucas nobody played a bigger role in my child hood than Richard Donner. This passing is not shocking due to his age but even while he was getting older when he would make public events he always looked in good health and spirit. So with that it’s always shocking with a living legend leaves us. But this is just another reminder of how fast life comes, and goes… I will always be grateful for his contribution to the world of film and entertainment. Will miss his wisdom when speaking about films but will always remember him when I see others who take his brilliance, and mix it with their own work. He was one of the greatest directors of his era, and my lifetime. Rest in Peace.