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.