Richard Donner  

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Richard Donner (born Richard Donald Schwartzberg, April 24, 1930 – July 5, 2021) was an American director and producer of film and television and occasional comic-book writer. After directing the horror film The Omen (1976), Donner became famous for directing the first modern superhero film, Superman (1978), starring Christopher Reeve.

Donner later went on to direct movies such as The Goonies (1985) and Scrooged (1988), while reinvigorating the buddy film genre with the Lethal Weapon film series. He and his wife produced the Free Willy and X-Men franchises. In 2000, he received the President's Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Film historian Michael Barson writes that Donner was "one of Hollywood's most reliable makers of action blockbusters".



Year Title Director Producer Notes
1961 X-15 Template:Yes
1968 Salt and Pepper Template:Yes
1969 Lola Template:Yes
1976 The Omen Template:Yes
1978 Superman Template:Yes Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Director
1980 Superman II (2006 director's cut) Template:Yes Uncredited for theatrical release
Inside Moves Template:Yes
1982 The Toy Template:Yes
1985 The Goonies Template:Yes Template:Yes
Ladyhawke Template:Yes Template:Yes Nominated – Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
1987 Lethal Weapon Template:Yes Template:Yes
1988 Scrooged Template:Yes Template:Yes
1989 Lethal Weapon 2 Template:Yes Template:Yes
1992 Radio Flyer Template:Yes
Lethal Weapon 3 Template:Yes Template:Yes
1994 Maverick Template:Yes Template:Yes
1995 Assassins Template:Yes Template:Yes
1997 Conspiracy Theory Template:Yes Template:Yes
1998 Lethal Weapon 4 Template:Yes Template:Yes
2002 Tales from the Crypt: Ritual Template:Yes
2003 Timeline Template:Yes Template:Yes
2006 16 Blocks Template:Yes

Executive producer


Year Title Notes
1957 Men of Annapolis Wrote 4 episodes (only screenwriting credit in career)
1960 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre 1 episode
The DuPont Show with June Allyson
1960–61 Wanted Dead or Alive 6 episodes
1961 Letter to Loretta 5 episodes
Route 66 1 episode
The Tall Man 2 episodes
Wagon Train 1 episode
1961–62 Have Gun – Will Travel 5 episodes
1962 The Detectives 1 episode
The Rifleman 7 episodes
1962–63 Sam Benedict 6 episodes
1963 The Eleventh Hour 2 episodes
Combat! 1 episode
The Nurses
1963–1964 The Lieutenant 2 episodes
The Twilight Zone 6 episodes
Mr. Novak 7 episodes
1964 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters 1 episode
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 4 episodes
1964–1965 Gilligan's Island 3 episodes
Perry Mason
1965 Twelve O'Clock High 4 episodes
Get Smart 2 episodes
1966 The F.B.I. 1 episode
The Fugitive 2 episodes
It's About Time 1 episode
The Wild Wild West 3 episodes
The Felony Squad
1968–1969 The Banana Splits Adventure Hour 6 episodes
1971 The Interns 1 episode
Bearcats! 2 episodes
1971–1972 Cade's County 3 episodes
1971–1973 Cannon 4 episodes
1972 The Sixth Sense 1 episode
Ghost Story
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors 3 episodes
1973–1974 Kojak
1974 The Streets of San Francisco 2 episodes
Sons and Daughters 3 episodes
Lucas Tanner 1 episode
1975 Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic Television film
Bronk 2 episodes
1989–1992 Tales from the Crypt 3 episodes
Also executive producer

Nominated – CableACE Award for Best Dramatic Series

1992 Two-Fisted Tales Television film
Segment: "Showdown"
1993–1994 Tales from the Cryptkeeper Executive producer
1996–1997 Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House
1997 Perversions of Science
1999 Made Men Producer
Television film

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