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Richard Donner

Richard Donner

Highest Rated: 100% Davi's Way (2017)

Lowest Rated: 0% Ritual (2001)

Birthday: Apr 24, 1930

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

A former off-Broadway actor who began directing commercials and industrial films in the late 1950s, Richard Donner went on to become one of the top-grossing directors in the 1970s and 1980s before tapering off later in his career. After directing numerous episodes of top shows like "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1964), "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (NBC, 1964-68) and "Kojak" (CBS, 1973-78), Donner achieved critical and commercial success with his genre-defining horror movie, "The Omen" (1976), widely considered to be the best of its kind. He followed up with the epic "Superman: The Movie" (1978), which, after a difficult production that resulted in his firing while shooting "Superman II" (1980), became a huge box office hit while setting the bar for all other comic book-based movies to follow. After a few critical and financial flops like "Inside Moves" (1980) and "The Toy" (1982), Donner directed the cult favorite adventure, "The Goonies" (1985), before breaking the mold again - this time in the buddy action genre - with "Lethal Weapon" (1987), which spawned three sequels over the next decade. Throughout his career, Donner remained a true original that fans and colleagues held in high regard.

Photos

SUPERMAN, Director Richard Donner, 1978. (c) Warner Bros.. SUPERMAN, Tom Mankeiwicz, Marlon Brando, Director Richard Donner, Pierre Spengler, 1978 SUPERMAN, Director Richard Donner, Marc McClure, Jackie Cooper, Margot Kidder, Christopher Reeve, 1978. (c) Warner Bros.. SUPERMAN, director Richard Donner, Gene Hackman on the set, 1978 SUPERMAN, cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth, director Richard Donner on set, 1978 TIMELINE, Director Richard Donner, producer Lauren Shuler Donner on the set, 2003, (c) Paramount THE TOY, director Richard Donner, 1982, (c) Columbia RADIO FLYER, producer Lauren Shuler-Donner, Elijah Wood, (back to camera), director Richard Donner, 1992, ©Columbia Pictures / 16 BLOCKS, Bruce Willis, director Richard Donner, on set, 2006, ©Warner Bros. 16 BLOCKS, Bruce Willis, on right, 2006, ©Warner Bros. 16 BLOCKS, director Richard Donner, Mos Def, Bruce Willis, on set, 2006, ©Warner Bros. RADIO FLYER, director Richard Donner, 1992, ©Columbia Pictures / 16 BLOCKS, Bruce Willis, director Richard Donner, on set, 2006, ©Warner Bros. 16 BLOCKS, Mos Def, Bruce Willis, director Richard Donner on set, 2006, (c) Warner Brothers TIMELINE, Director Richard Donner, on the set, 2003, (c) Paramount TIMELINE, Paul Walker, director Richard Donner on the set, 2003, (c) Paramount 16 BLOCKS, director Richard Donner, Bruce Willis, Mos Def, on set, 2006, ©Warner Bros. TIMELINE, director Richard Donner (center), cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, on set, 2003. (c) Paramount CONSPIRACY THEORY, Director Richard Donner, Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts on the set, 1997 TIMELINE, director Richard Donner (center), on set, 2003. (c) Paramount

Filmography

Movies

Credit
100% No Score Yet Davi's Way Self - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond Self - 2016
38% 58% X-Men Origins: Wolverine Executive Producer $179.9M 2009
No Score Yet 86% Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut Director - 2006
55% 57% 16 Blocks Director $36.9M 2006
13% 45% Timeline Director,
Producer
$19.5M 2003
0% 28% Ritual Producer - 2001
82% 83% X-Men Executive Producer $157.3M 2000
20% 49% Made Men Producer - 1999
52% 73% Any Given Sunday Executive Producer $75.5M 1999
52% 64% Lethal Weapon 4 Director,
Producer
$129.8M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Double Tap Producer - 1997
44% 44% Free Willy 3: The Rescue Executive Producer $3.5M 1997
57% 64% Conspiracy Theory Director,
Producer
$76.1M 1997
14% 31% Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood Executive Producer $5.6M 1996
16% 45% Assassins Director,
Producer
- 1995
50% 42% Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home Executive Producer $28.0M 1995
42% 65% Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight Executive Producer $20.9M 1995
68% 71% Maverick Director,
Producer
$101.5M 1994
71% 50% Free Willy Executive Producer $76.3M 1993
35% 72% Radio Flyer Director $4.0M 1992
58% 61% Lethal Weapon 3 Director,
Producer
$142.0M 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two-Fisted Tales Director - 1992
29% 39% Delirious Executive Producer $4.7M 1991
82% 78% Lethal Weapon 2 Director,
Producer
$144.9M 1989
71% 71% Scrooged Director,
Producer
$58.2M 1988
77% 85% The Lost Boys Executive Producer $31.7M 1987
80% 86% Lethal Weapon Director,
Producer
$61.0M 1987
67% 74% Ladyhawke Director,
Producer
- 1985
77% 91% The Goonies Director,
Producer
$935.0K 1985
3% 53% The Toy Director - 1982
67% 76% Inside Moves Director - 1980
94% 86% Superman: The Movie Director - 1978
85% 80% The Omen Director - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sarah T.: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic Director - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronk Director - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Shadow in the Streets Director,
Producer
- 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucas Tanner Director - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judgement Day Director - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Teenage Lovers Director - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Senior Year Director - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal of Madrid Director - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marshal of Madrid Director - 1971
No Score Yet 9% Lola Director - 1969
No Score Yet 36% Salt and Pepper Director - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Philbert Director - 1963
No Score Yet 46% X-15 Director - 1961

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 100% Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics Guest 2017
82% 92% Tales From the Crypt Director 1989-1990 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronk Director 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Director 1973-1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Petrocelli Director 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ironside Director 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sixth Sense Director 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Director 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Clay Braddock (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Interns Director 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Director 1966
No Score Yet 100% The Wild, Wild West Director 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jericho Director 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Director 1966
No Score Yet 79% Get Smart Director 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Director 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Director 1964-1965
90% 70% Gilligan's Island Director 1965
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Director 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Novak Director 1963-1964
92% 96% The Twilight Zone Director 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lieutenant Director 1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Director 1961-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Director 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Man Director 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Director 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre Director 1960