Tuesday, July 6th, 2021
“Superman” und “Lethal Weapon”
Director legend Richard Donner is dead
Without him, action films would look a little different today: Richard Donner not only made the first “Superman” film, he was also behind the successful “Lethal Weapon” series and hits like “Free Willy”.
According to media reports, one of the pioneers of the classic action film, US director Richard Donner, is dead. He died on Monday at the age of 91, according to a “Deadline” report, among other things. His wife, Lauren Shuler Donner, told industry magazine, “He was a great man. I was a very, very happy woman. But he was very sick so it was time for him to go.”
The New York-born director delighted television viewers and moviegoers for decades with his TV episodes and films, which were primarily located in the genre between adventure and action. His best-known works include “Superman” from 1978 with actor Christopher Reeves in the title role and from 1987 the action comedy series “Lethal Weapon” with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.
The 1985 children’s adventure film “The Goonies” – produced by filmmaker Steven Spielberg – has also become a modern classic. Together with his wife, Donner also produced a number of successful films, including “Free Willy” and “X-Men” in the 1990s and from 2000.
Steven Spielberg said goodbye to his companion in grandiose words: Spending time with him was like being with “your favorite trainer, the brightest professor, the wildest motivator, the most lovable friend, the most loyal ally”. “He was all child. All heart. All the time. I can’t believe he’s gone, but his hoarse, hearty laugh will always stay with me.”