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Birth information

24 April 1930 New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Richard D. Schwartzberg

Nickname

Dicky Donner
Dick

How tall is Richard Donner?

1.88 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Lauren Shuler Donner

Significant features of Richard Donner

Frequently casts Mel Gibson
Frequently casts Steve Kahan
Features human free-fall stunts in nearly all his films
Long shots looking at actors through gaps in scenery or between other actors in the scene

How much money has Richard Donner earned?

The Omen (1976) $115,000
Superman (1978) $1,000,000
Radio Flyer (1992) $5,000,000
Assassins (1995) $12,000,000
Conspiracy Theory (1997) $5,000,000

Publications and Magazines about Richard Donner

James Christie Richard Donner - You're the Director...You figure it out. The Life and Films of Richard Donnerb. 2010

What movies did Richard Donner play or participate?

Producers Filmography
The Goonies 2 , Black & White in Colors (2012) , X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) , Timeline (2003) , Ritual (2002) , Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher (2002) , X-Men (2000) , Any Given Sunday (1999) , Made Men (1999) , Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) , Double Tap (1997) , Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997) , Conspiracy Theory (1997) , Perversions of Science (1997) , Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House (1996) , Bordello of Blood (1996) , Tales from the Crypt , Assassins...

Birth information

24 April 1930 New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Richard D. Schwartzberg

Nickname

Dicky Donner
Dick

How tall is Richard Donner?

1.88 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Lauren Shuler Donner

Significant features of Richard Donner

Frequently casts Mel Gibson
Frequently casts Steve Kahan
Features human free-fall stunts in nearly all his films
Long shots looking at actors through gaps in scenery or between other actors in the scene

How much money has Richard Donner earned?

The Omen (1976) $115,000
Superman (1978) $1,000,000
Radio Flyer (1992) $5,000,000
Assassins (1995) $12,000,000
Conspiracy Theory (1997) $5,000,000

Publications and Magazines about Richard Donner

James Christie Richard Donner - You're the Director...You figure it out. The Life and Films of Richard Donnerb. 2010

What movies did Richard Donner play or participate?

Producers Filmography
The Goonies 2 , Black & White in Colors (2012) , X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) , Timeline (2003) , Ritual (2002) , Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher (2002) , X-Men (2000) , Any Given Sunday (1999) , Made Men (1999) , Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) , Double Tap (1997) , Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997) , Conspiracy Theory (1997) , Perversions of Science (1997) , Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House (1996) , Bordello of Blood (1996) , Tales from the Crypt , Assassins...

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Richard Donner in Archive of American Television (1997)

Frequently makes uncredited appearances in his own movies.

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Mel Gibson and Richard Donner in Lethal Weapon - Zwei stahlharte Profis (1987)

Originally, Donner directed Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980) back to back, then cut back on filming the sequel to focus on finishing the first one for a Christmas release. A clash with producers Alexander Salkind and Ilya Salkind over the material led to Donner being fired before he could finish filming the second one and he was replaced with Richard Lester. Donner later estimated that he had directed 80% of the sequel and saw about 50% of his work in the theatrical film.

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Richard Donner and Christopher Reeve in Superman (1978)

Kept both One-Eyed Willie's head and a model for the ship from The Goonies (1985). Aside from directing the film, he has an uncredited cameo as one of the sheriffs on the quads as the Goonies exit the cave with the ship. He's the one with the gray hair. Producer Steven Spielberg instructed the cast members to act cold and distant toward Donner on the last week of filming, which puzzled him. Shortly after filming wrapped, Donner went to his beach house in Hawaii, ran into a frenzied neighbor who took up his entire day. When he arrived home, the entire cast was there with Donner to celebrate with a cookout. Spielberg flew them over to Hawaii on the promise that they not speak a word of the surprise to Donner, which prompted them to act the way they were on the last week of filming.

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Bruce Willis and Richard Donner in 16 Blocks (2006)

He has directed his cousin Steve Kahan in fourteen films: Superman (1978), Inside Moves (1980), The Toy (1982), Lethal Weapon (1987), Scrooged (1988), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Radio Flyer (1992), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), Maverick (1994), Assassins (1995), Conspiracy Theory (1997), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), Timeline (2003) and 16 Blocks (2006).

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Bruce Willis, Richard Donner, and Yasiin Bey in 16 Blocks (2006)

Was actively pursued by Michael Crichton to direct Jurassic Park (1993).

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Bruce Willis and Richard Donner in 16 Blocks (2006)

Was asked to direct the fourth Superman film (Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)), and considered it alongside Tom Mankiewicz, who had been the writer of the first two Superman films, but ultimately both Donner and Mankiewicz declined, as they had other projects to deal with at the time.

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Bill Murray and Richard Donner in Die Geister, die ich rief... (1988)

Was considered to direct Batman (1989), and had actor Mel Gibson in mind for the role of Batman.

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Richard Donner and Vilmos Zsigmond in Assassins - Die Killer (1995)

Turned down the offer to direct Alien³ (1992).

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Richard Donner and Christopher Reeve in Superman (1978)

Lives in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, California.

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Richard Donner in Das Omen (1976)

He was interested in directing DragonHeart (1996) and spent six months on it in preproduction before moving on to other projects.

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Gregory Peck, Richard Donner, and Patrick Troughton in Das Omen (1976)

Directed one Oscar nominated performance: Diana Scarwid in Inside Moves (1980).

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Gregory Peck, Richard Donner, and Patrick Troughton in Das Omen (1976)

He was offered the opportunity to direct Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) but he declined.

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Richard Donner in Das Omen (1976)

Little Caesar (1931) is his favorite film.

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Gregory Peck, Richard Donner, and Lee Remick in Das Omen (1976)

The novelization for Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) uses the word omen; Donner directed The Omen (1976), and The Goonies (1985) the same year as Holmes and both were scripted by Chris Columbus and produced by Steven Spielberg. The book also says one of the characters is a superman to Holmes; this may be an in-joke to Donner who directed The Goonies (1985) and the first two Superman movies; there is a scene in Donner's movie when Sloth reveals a shirt with Superman's S on it.

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Elijah Wood, Richard Donner, and Joseph Mazzello in Flug ins Abenteuer (1992)

His mother, Hattie, was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. His father, Fred Schwartzberg, was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

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Richard Donner in Flug ins Abenteuer (1992)

Directed the two war veterans turned actors who played the iconic disabled war veteran Homer Parish in the different versions of the same story - The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and Returning Home (1975). Donner directed Harold Russell in Inside Moves (1980) and James R. Miller in Scrooged (1988).

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Marlon Brando and Richard Donner in Superman (1978)

He was considered to direct Problem Child (1990), but he declined as he was busy in post-production on Lethal Weapon 2 (1989).

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Richard Donner and Christopher Reeve in Superman (1978)

He was originally going to direct Wild Wild West (1999) (he had directed three episodes of The Wild Wild West (1965)). His version would have had a script by Shane Black and Mel Gibson starring as Jim West. Donner and Gibson wound up dropping out to make Maverick (1994) instead.

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Richard Donner and Patty Jenkins

He originally intended to direct The Lost Boys (1987) himself, but as production languished, he moved onto Lethal Weapon (1987) and eventually hired Joel Schumacher for the job. He still served as executive producer on the film.

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Corey Feldman, Robert Davi, Richard Donner, Joe Pantoliano, Jeff Cohen, Lupe Ontiveros, etc.

He was considered to direct Rambo (2008).

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Corey Feldman, Robert Davi, Richard Donner, Joe Pantoliano, Jeff Cohen, Mike Fenton, etc.

On October 16, 2008, Donner and Lauren Shuler Donner received stars in a double ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their achievements in motion pictures, located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.

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Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Richard Donner, Jet Li, etc.

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