Richard Donner (1930–2021)


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Richard Donner was born on April 24, 1930 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Superman (1978), Ladyhawke (1985) and Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (1980). He was previously married to Lauren Shuler Donner. He died on July 5, 2021 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Superman Director
(1978)
Ladyhawke Director
(1985)
Lethal Weapon Director
(1987)

Filmography

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 2006 16 Blocks
 2003 Timeline
 1995 Assassins
 1994 The Best of Sting: Fields of Gold 1984-1994 (Video) (video "It's Probably Me")
 1994 Maverick
 1989-1992 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Showdown (1992)
 1992 Radio Flyer (directed by)
 1992 Two-Fisted Tales (TV Movie) (segment "Showdown")
 1988 Scrooged
 1987 Lethal Weapon
 1985 Cyndi Lauper: The Goonies 'R' Good Enough (Music Video short) (uncredited)
 1985 Cyndi Lauper: The Goonies 'R' Good Enough (Part 2) (Music Video short) (uncredited)
 1985 The Goonies (directed by)
 1985 Ladyhawke
 1982 The Toy (directed by)
 1980 Inside Moves
 1980 Superman II (uncredited)
 1978 Superman
 1976 The Omen (directed by)
 1975 Bronk (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Open Contract (1975)
- Pilot (1975)
 1975 A Shadow in the Streets (TV Movie)
 1973-1974 Kojak (TV Series) (3 episodes)
 1974 Petrocelli (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1974 Sons and Daughters (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- The Runner (1974)
- Senior Year (1974)
 1974 Lucas Tanner (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Lucas Tanner (1974)
 1974 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Commitment (1974)
 1971-1973 Cannon (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Flight Plan (1971)
 1973 Stat! (TV Movie)
 1973 Nightside (TV Movie)
 1973 Hernandez (TV Movie)
 1972 Sam Cade (TV Movie)
 1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series) (3 episodes)
 1972 Ironside (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1972 Banyon (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1972 Circle of Fear (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1971-1972 Cade's County (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- The Fake (1972)
- A Gun for Billy (1971)
- Crisscross (1971)
 1972 The Sixth Sense (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1971 The Marshal of Madrid (TV Movie)
 1971 Bearcats! (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Bitter Flats (1971)
- Conqueror's Gold (1971)
 1971 Sarge (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1971 The Interns (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Casualty (1971)
 1970 London Affair
 1968 Danger Island (TV Series)
 1966 The Felony Squad (TV Series) (3 episodes)
 1966 Jericho (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1966 It's About Time (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1966 The Fugitive (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Wife Killer (1966)
 1966 The F.B.I. (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Spy-Master (1966) ... (as Richard D. Donner)
 1965 Get Smart (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Our Man in Leotards (1965) ... (as Richard D. Donner)
- Washington 4, Indians 3 (1965) ... (as Richard D. Donner)
 1965 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
 1964-1965 Perry Mason (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- The Case of the Missing Button (1964) ... (as Richard D. Donner)
 1964-1965 Gilligan's Island (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Home Sweet Hut (1964)
 1964 The Yellowbird (TV Movie)
 1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series) (4 episodes)
 1964 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1963-1964 The Lieutenant (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Interlude (1964)
 1963 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Helping Hand (1963)
 1963 Combat! (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1963 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1963 Philbert (Three's a Crowd) (Short) (as Richard D. Donner)
 1961-1962 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Blind Circle (1961)
- A Drop of Blood (1961)
- The Piano (1961)
- Odds for Big Red (1961)
 1962 The Rifleman (TV Series) (7 episodes)
- Outlaw's Shoes (1962)
- Milly's Brother (1962)
- The Debt (1962)
 1962 The Detectives (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Never the Twain (1962)
 1961 X-15 (as Richard D. Donner)
 1961 Wagon Train (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1961 The Tall Man (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1961 Route 66 (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1960-1961 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series) (6 episodes)
- Barney's Bounty (1961) ... (as Richard D. Donner)
- The Voice of Silence (1961) ... (as Richard D. Donner)
- Bounty on Josh (1961) ... (as Richard D. Donner)
- The Last Retreat (1961) ... (as Richard D. Donner)
- The Medicine Man (1960) ... (as R.D. Donner)
 1961 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Woodlot (1961)
- The Choice (1961)
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Emergency (1960)
 1960 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
- So Young the Savage Land (1960) ... (as R.D. Donner)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Filmed an interview for the "Special Features" section on the Image Entertainment DVD "Season 1, Campaign 1" of Combat! (1962). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 8 Interviews | 2 Articles | See more »


Alternate Names:

Dick Donner | R.D. Donner | Richard D. Donner

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)

Spouse:

Lauren Shuler Donner  (his death)

Parents:

Fred Schwartzberg | Hattie Schwartzberg

Relatives:

Joan Schwartzberg (sibling)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[acknowledging Geoffrey Unsworth for developing the photography process that made the flying scenes in Superman (1978) possible] If it hadn't been for Geoffrey Unsworth, we wouldn't have had a movie. See more »

Trivia:

Gene Hackman based his performance of Lowell Kolchek in Postcards from the Edge (1990) on Donner. The two had previously worked together on the first two Superman movies. See more »

Trademark:

Often inserts lines of dialog or places PSA posters/stickers for animal rights, human rights, and gun control See more »

Nickname:

Dicky Donner See more »

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