Acclaimed filmmaker Richard Donner, whose genre additions include the classics “The Omen” and “The Lost Boys”, has died aged 91.
Donner, likely best known as the director of the original “Superman” (1978) and the four “Lethal Weapon” films, passed away peacefully at home on Monday.
Donner’s first major break came with the horror classic “The Omen”. A commercial and critical success, the spooker led to directing superhero blockbuster “Superman” starring Christopher Reeve.
Following his success on “Superman”, Richard Pryor comedy “The Toy” and fantasy adventure “Ladyhawke”, Donner was brought on to direct the 1985 adventure film “The Goonies” for Steven Spielberg.
“Being in his circle was akin to hanging out with your favourite coach, smartest professor, fiercest motivator, most endearing friend, staunchest ally, and – of course – the greatest Goonie of all,” Spielberg told Variety.
“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.”
Donner, survived by wife Lauren Schuler Donner, was also known for “The Lost Boys” (1987), which he produced, Christmas horror/comedy “Scrooged” (1988), drama “Radio Flyer” (1992), “Maverick” (1994) and sci-fi film “Timeline” starring the late Paul Walker.