Richard Donner

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Gender: Male

Birth Place: The Bronx, New York City, USA

Richard Donner (Richard Donald Schwartzberg) is an American film director, comic book writer and producer. He was born on April 24, 1930 in The Bronx, New York City, USA. to parents Hattie and Fred Schwartzberg. He had one sister, Joan and grew up in the Jewish religion. He is 6' 2" (1.88 m), and his nickname is Dicky Donner and Dick.

Richard wanted an acting career but pursued a directing career instead. He started working on television shows/commercials in the late 1950s. He directed some episodes for the Steve McQueen western series Wanted: Dead or Alive and also the Chuck Connors series, The Rifleman. He directed his first feature film X-15 in 1961 and directed Salt and Pepper (1968) seven years later. Richard became famous for creating the first modern superhero film, Superman (1978) after directing violent supernatural thriller horror film, The Omen (1976). Superman (1978) grossed $134 million. He turned down directing part two because he did not want to work with producer Pierre Spengler. His fame led him to direct The Goonies (1985), Scrooged (1988), Lethal Weapon (1987) and its sequels.

He married his wife, producer Lauren Shuler Donner on November 27, 1986. They own The Donners' Company which is the production company for the X-Men film series. They live in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, California. He frequently casts Mel Gibson, Steve Kahan and Danny Glover in his movies. He often supports different rights by placing PSA posters, stickers for animal rights, human rights, and gun control in his films. His cousin, actor Steve Kahan has appeared in 12 of his films. Michael Barson is a film historian and wrote that Richard "emerged as one of Hollywood's most reliable makers of action blockbusters"

1978 - nominated for Best Director in 1978 for Superman (1978)
2000 - Received the President's Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.


Director Richard Donner Movies / Films:

"Tales from the Crypt" (1989) Ladyhawke (1985) Superman (1978) aka Superman: The Movie (1978) The Omen (1976) aka The Antichrist, The Birthmark (1976)

Reviewed Movies Directed by Richard Donner

Tales from the Crypt - Season 7 (1996)

Tales from the Crypt - Season 7 1996

Greetings, fiends! The last time you saw the Crypt Keeper...wait, this is the last time. So turn out the frights, the party's over. They say all ghoul things must end. But first let the ghoul times…

Tales from the Crypt - Season 6 (1989)

Tales from the Crypt - Season 6 1989

It's that time of fear again! So if you've been missing the Crypt Keeper, here's a chance to improve your aim. But be warned: It'll be a fright to the finish. The cadaverous cut-up…


Tales from the Crypt - Season 1 (1989)

Tales from the Crypt - Season 1 1989

Based on the legendary and gruesome EC Comics from publisher William Gaines, this horror anthology featured stories of murder, the super natural, gore and humor and always had a twist ending of sorts.…

Tales from the Crypt - Season 5 (1989)

Tales from the Crypt - Season 5 1989

Tomb it may concern. Yes, you. No one else is reading this, right? Besides, you're the ideal person for this happily haunted collection of scares and silliness ? someone warm and bleeding. Sorry,…


Ladyhawke (1985)

Ladyhawke 1985

IN THIS 700 YEAR OLD LEGEND OF LOVE AND HONOR, TWO LOVERS ARE SEPARATED BY AN EVIL CURSE. A VALIANT KNIGHT IS AIDED IN HIS QUEST BY A WISE CRAKCING THIEF IN HIS QUEST TO BREAK THE SPELL BY DESTROYING…

Superman (1978)

Superman 1978

A new, updated version of the popular comic book hero "Superman." The story begins with Superman's birth on the doomed planet Krypton and follows him on his arrival to Earth, his childhood…


The Omen (1976)

The Omen 1976

The Omen (1976) is a British/American suspense mystery thriller horror movie that I enjoyed very much and wished I had seen it earlier. Director Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon (1987), The Goonies (1985),…

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