Director and producer Richard Donner, one of the pillars of Hollywood, whose name is linked to successful films such as “Superman” (the one of 1978, with Christopher Reeve), “The Goonies”, ” Lethal Weapon “(and related sequels) and” Ladyhawke “, just to name a few. To confirm the news of his death on the site Deadline was his wife, producer Lauren Schuler Donner, without however specifying the causes of death. Born in the Bronx in New York, Donner had started working on television in the 1960s (“Route 66”, “The Twilight Zone” and “Perry Mason” were some of his most successful series), turning full-time to the great screen only in 1976 with the horror “The Omen”, with Gregory Peck and Lee Remick. From that moment, however, Hollywood has become his kingdom, with films entered by right in the history of cinema.
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“Being part of Dick’s circle was like dating your favorite coach, the brightest professor, the most tenacious motivator, the most tender friend, the most loyal ally and, of course, the best Goonie of all,” he said. Steven Spielberg – who with him wrote the story of “The Goonies” in 1985 – commenting on the disappearance of his friend. No less poignant is the memory of Mel Gibson (who directed him in the “Lethal Weapon” saga) on Variety. “Donner! My friend and my mentor! How many things have I learned from him! He belittled his own talent and greatness with a generous dose of humility, defining himself as “a mere trafficker”. He left his ego at home and demanded that others do it. He was magnanimous in heart and soul, which he gave profusely to anyone who knew him. If we put all the good deeds he has done one on top of the other, we would touch a point in the firmament that has yet to be discovered. I will miss him terribly ».
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