Farewell to Richard Donner, director of Superman, The Goonies, Lethal Weapon and Ladyhawke

Richard Donner, famous director who with his work has become a true icon of the 80s and of all pop culture, passed away today at the age of 91.

The news of the disappearance of the filmmaker came from Donner’s wife and then relaunched by Deadline. At the moment, the cause of the director’s death has not yet been revealed.

Richard Donner, a career as a director of iconic films

New Yorker from the Bronx, Donner has inextricably linked his name to a large slice of the collective imagination having directed cult films such as Superman, The Goonies, Ladyhawke and the film saga of Lethal Weapon.

After starting his career in television, directing commercials and episodes of famous TV series such as The Twilight Zone, The six million dollar man, Perry Mason and many others, at the end of the 70s he moved to the cinema.

The consecration as a filmmaker comes with the first real cinecomic in the history of cinema, that Superman of 1978 with Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman who still remains the best film about the Man of Steel.

The 1980s then became a period indelibly marked by the films directed by Donner who, behind the camera, gave us unforgettable films such as The Goonies (1985) in collaboration with Steven Spielberg is Chris Columbus, Ladyhawke (1985) with Rutger Hauer and Lethal Weapon (1989) with Danny Glover is Mel Gibson, saga that he will return to direct in the next three chapters.

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