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'He was a child all his life': the director of the films 'Superman' and 'Lethal Weapon' died

The director of such famous films as "Superman", "Lethal Weapon" and "The Omen" Richard Donner has died. The cause of death of the 91-year-old director has not been reported. Writes about it with the BBC.

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Steven Spielberg, who worked with Donner on The Goonies, described him as "an extremely talented director with the ability to work successfully in a wide variety of genres." Spielberg is also a longtime friend of the director.

“He was just a child. With all my heart. All the time. I can’t believe he’s gone, but his throaty hearty laugh will stay with me forever, ”Spielberg said.

From television to cinema

Richard Donner was born on April 24, 1930 in the Bronx (New York). In his youth, he began an acting career, played in the theater.

In the late 1950s, Donner began working as a television director. He directed such series as "The Twilight Zone", "Perry Mason", "Get Your Gips", "Tales from the Crypt".

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Donner directed his first feature film, the war drama X-15, starring Charles Bronson, in 1961, but the film did not bring him success.

In 1968 he started work on the crime comedy "Salt and Pepper", and then directed the film "Lola" ("Twinkies") with Charles Bronson in the title role.

In 1976, a new film by Richard Donner, the horror film The Omen, was released. The film tells about the coming to Earth of the son of the devil - the antichrist. The film won an Oscar for Best Film Score.

Two years after the release of The Omen, Donner directed the hugely successful film Superman with Christopher Reeve.

The film's budget was $ 55 million, the film's worldwide box office was $ 300 million, and the film received a special Oscar for visual effects.

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He also worked on the creation of the second part of Superman, but due to disagreements with the producers, Richard Donner left the project, having managed to shoot most of the film. In 2006, he released the director's cut of the sequel.

1985 saw the release of Goofs, an adventure comedy directed by Richard Donner and based on a story by Steven Spielberg. The film tells the story of a group of children from Oregon who go in search of the pirate One-Eyed Willie's treasure.

In the late 1980s, Donner directed the first Lethal Weapon film with Mel Gibson. In 2003, his new motion picture was released - the fantastic film "Trapped in Time" based on the novel by Michael Crichton.

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