Co-stars included Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, Marlon Brando as Jor-El and Gene Hackman as archvillain Lex Luthor. He transitioned into television dramas in the late 1950s, directing some episodes of the Steve McQueen western serial Wanted: Dead or Alive and the Chuck Connors western The Rifleman. [2], Donner was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a Jewish family. Get … Directors. Script Magazine described the book as an "engaging portrait of a warm-hearted (if occasionally gruff) man who can justly be considered the modern equivalent of Victor Fleming and Michael Curtiz – a highly talented, professional director of motion pictures who has thrived in the studio system and made some pretty good pictures to boot. Richard Donner (born Richard Donald Schwartzberg, April 24, 1930) is an American director and producer of film and television and occasional comic-book writer. 90 Year Old #38. She produced only two more of her husband's movies, Radio Flyer (1992), and Timeline (2003). AKA Richard Donald Schwartzberg. [7] Her experience with Schumacher and Hughes led them to invite her to produce St. Elmo's Fire (1985) and Pretty in Pink (1986), both seminal films of the Brat Pack period. Film historian Michael Barson writes that Donner is "one of Hollywood's most reliable makers of action blockbusters". He is a director and producer, known for Superman (1978), Ladyhawke (1985) and Lethal Weapon (1987). Lauren Diane Shuler Donner (born June 23, 1949) is an American film producer, who specializes in mainstream youth and family-oriented entertainment. [3][4] His father owned a small furniture manufacturing business. Richard Donner was born in New York City, New York, USA on Thursday, April 24, 1930 (Silent Generation). Robert Donner, a character actor who specialized in playing eccentrics, including the crazed prophet Exidor on the popular sitcom "Mork & Mindy," has died. Movie Actor. 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Managed by: Robert Walter Mlodzik: Last Updated: March 5, 2015 Spouse (1) Selected filmography Films Christopher Kent ( Lor-Zod) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Donner is one of Santa Claus's reindeer, originally named in the poem The Night Before Christmas (though in the original text, his name was spelled Donder). Following the advice of a teacher, she moved to Los Angeles in hopes of entering the entertainment industry. [4] Donner had a particularly successful year in 1993 overseeing two solid hits: Dave, a homespun political comedy, and Free Willy, a family film about a boy and his whale. [2][7] In 2006, Donner was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award along with Jennifer Lopez and Diane Warren. Theodore Donner Fredrick Donner: Birthdate: 1881: Death: 1967 (85-86) Immediate Family: Husband of Agnes A Donner Father of Raymond Richard Donner and Ador Paul Donner. Donner has systemic lupus erythematosus,[10] and had kidney problems in her childhood. Afterwards she freelanced on Metromedia, working on rock concert shoots, sitcoms and TV movies. The Salkinds refused Donner's demand that Spengler be fired; instead, the Salkinds replaced Donner as director of Superman II with Richard Lester, who had worked with the Salkinds on The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers and as an uncredited producer on Superman. He was also nominated for Best Director in 1978 for Superman. He has been married to Lauren Shuler Donner since November 27, 1986. Richard Donner (born April 24, 1930) is an American film director, film producer, and comic book writer. It was not until seven years later, however, that he directed his next film Salt and Pepper (1968), with Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford. Richard Donner Popularity . In 2000, he received the President's Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. No matter what you say about Dick, it underrates him. Donner and Johns also co-wrote a story for Action Comics #1000, released in April 2018. [12] Richard Donner net worth: Richard Donner is an American director and producer who has a net worth of $200 million. Taurus Named Richard #13. With David Janssen, Janice Rule, Kevin McCarthy, Barry Morse. [4] The following year she persuaded Richard Donner to direct Ladyhawke, and the two fell in love, marrying a year after the film was released, 1985. The character first appeared in Action Comics #844 (Dec. 2006) and was created by Richard Donner, Geoff Johns, and Adam Kubert . Superman. 90 Year Olds. Richard Donner called his adaptation of Charles Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol'—which arrived in theaters 30 years ago—the movie where Bill Murray became "an actor." Which makes him at least as good a … As the biological son of General Zod and Ursa, he is a Kryptonian who becomes the foster son of Clark Kent (Superman) and his wife Lois Lane . He got a bit part in a TV show directed by Martin Ritt, who encouraged Donner to become a director instead. 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. Richard married Rosemary Hellner on May 30, 1959. [citation needed] This version of the film features the re-insertion of Marlon Brando's scenes as Jor-El, and relies on a minimum of footage shot by Richard Lester. Following Donner's dismissal, Marlon Brando's scenes were removed from Superman II and much of the film was re-shot under Lester's direction. After directing the horror film The Omen (1976), Donner became famous for directing the first modern superhero film, Superman (1978), starring Christopher Reeve. [4], As Donner worked in Los Angeles as an assistant editor of educational and medical films, she sought other jobs and despite having no original intention to work in television, a chance meeting at NBC headquarters led her to leave her data there. He and his wife, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, own the production company The Donners' Company, which is most well known for producing the X-Men film series.In 2000, he received the President's Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. The film's action sequences were considered "truly spectacular" and made the film one of the year's biggest hits.[1]. Director Born in New York #44. Christopher Reeve. It became the fifth highest-grossing movie of 1976. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. [11] The book features a foreword by actor Mel Gibson. The Donners were also given a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Ojai Film Festival in November 2008. Donner has mixed commercial flops (The Toy, Inside Moves, Radio Flyer) and successes (The Goonies, the Lethal Weapon series, Scrooged and Conspiracy Theory). Richard Donner. Donner directed his first feature film in 1961, X-15, which starred Charles Bronson and Mary Tyler Moore. Richard Donner Is A Member Of . In 1973, the network invited Shuler to a vacation relief program filling in for employees on vacation. Ritt hired Donner as his assistant. Mom, starring Michael Keaton. The Donners were given The Loop Award by LupusLA in 2008. The Donners were honored with a rare... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images Donner's next blockbuster film was the action comedy Lethal Weapon, written by Shane Black. Richard Donner is a film director, and producer through via "The Donners' Company," which he and his wife, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, own. [5] A supernatural horror made in the wake of the success obtained by The Exorcist, the film stars Gregory Peck, David Warner and Lee Remick. She has served on the advisory boards of Planned Parenthood and TreePeople, and was instrumental in the campaigning for the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act.[2]. It co-starred Danny Glover as a calm homicide detective with a loving family and consideration for retirement. Doug Buck gets in the Christmas spirit with the classic Anti-Christ chiller, The Omen (Richard Donner,1976). She worked on many jobs, but decided that the best for her would be as a camera operator due to her photography experience. The production company The Donners' Company is owned by Donner and his wife, producer Lauren Shuler Donner. Her films have grossed about $4.5 billion worldwide, mostly due to the X-Men film series. She got the job by directly asking NBC programming director Charles Engel.[4]. She owns The Donners' Company with her husband, director Richard Donner. [3] He has a sister, Joan. [11] She received an honorary Doctorate of Human Letters degree from Boston University in 2019 and was the Commencement Speaker for COM at Boston University. He was credited as an Executive Producer for X-Men and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Next she made her television producing debut in 1979 with the acclaimed Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill, a television film written and directed by Joel Schumacher in the style of Robert Altman's Nashville. Richard Donner is an American film director and producer. Jeff Cohen, who portrayed the lovable Chunk in Richard Donner's The Goonies, paid his respect to the director in Los Angeles earlier this week.The Academy of Motion Picture Art … After directing the horror film The Omen, Donner became famous for the hailed creation of the first modern superhero film, Superman, starring Christopher Reeve. Donner has cast Kahan in some of his other films too. Donner and his wife like to share the love with both people — “The best thing you can do is get invited to a party at the Donners’ house,” Jackman says — and dogs. He became the executive producer for the 2000 Marvel Comics film X-Men, then also an executive producer for the 2009 X-Men prequel, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It starred Mel Gibson as a widowed narcotics detective with a suicidal bent "who breaks every rule for the sheer joy of it." She is an educator, who has worked with various NGO's. Richard Donner (born April 24, 1930) is an American film director, film producer, and comic book writer. 'All right, kid,' he’ll say, and slap you on the back and let you try something, because even he doesn’t know sometimes. "[12], The Directors Guild of America called the book "a compelling study of an ebullient, ballsy risk-taker who was a director even before he was aware of it" that "ably captures Donner's joy in doing a job he loves. [1], Richard Donald Schwartzberg was born in the Bronx to Jewish parents,[2] Hattie and Fred Schwartzberg. Donner’s wife, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, was full of stories about falling in love with this “defender of the underdog” during the years-long process of making Ladyhawke (1985), which was originally supposed to be shot in Eastern Europe but wound up in Italy instead. [6] Her input on the script of Thank God It's Friday (1978) led her to become an associate producer for that film. It succeeded at the box office, grossing $134 million domestically.[1]. 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Mankiewicz Excellence in Filmmaking Award, Writer 2 episodes (only writing credit in career), This page was last edited on 4 December 2020, at 04:01. Richard Donner is an American film director, comic book writer and film producer. The production company The Donners' Company is owned by Donner and his wife, producer Lauren Shuler Donner. Richard Donner (born Richard Donald Schwartzberg, April 24, 1930) is an American director and producer of film and television and occasional comic-book writer. The film became a hit worldwide, projecting both Reeve and Donner to international fame. Richard Donner was born on April 24, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard D. Schwartzberg. Donner filmed most of Superman II with the expectation he would complete the sequel after the release of Superman. Most Popular #90574. He is married to Lauren Shuler Donner, the primary producer of all the X-Men films under their family company. [6] He is a director and producer, known for Superman (1978), Ladyhawke (1985) and Lethal Weapon (1987). Steve McQueen. Josh Brolin. She studied film at Boston University, specializing in production and editing. Donner died on June 8, 2006, of a cardiac arrhythmia, and is survived by his wife Jill and two brothers. Taurus Director #31. She and Richard Donner were honored by The American Cancer Society in 2006. Extremely professional. After directing the horror film The Omen (1976), Donner became famous for directing the first modern superhero film, Superman (1978), starring Christopher Reeve. In October 2006, Donner, Johns and artist Adam Kubert became the new creative team on Action Comics, the publisher's most time honored publication and one of DC Comics' two main Superman titles. In 2013, the Donners were honored by The Women's Guild of Cedar Sinai Hospital. Together, Johns and Donner collaborated on the stories Last Son and Escape from Bizarro World, both of which have been released in collected book form. Rotten Tomatoes' summary states that "Superman II meets, if not exceeds, the standard set by its predecessor". Directed by Richard Donner. See full bio » I love him."[7]. Film producers Richard Donner and his wife Lauren Shuler Donner unveil their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, on October 16, 2008. In the case of Superman, it was Donner who insisted the subject of the comic book superhero should be treated "straight," as in portrayed with respect to the fantasy genre's particular conventions and tone, rather than "camp", an approach that strongly influenced later genre directors such as Tim Burton (Batman, Batman Returns), Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises), and Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League), who have made successful superhero films of their own. After being taught about cameras by the crew of The Tonight Show, Shuler asked NBC to work on the local news. However, the influence of Superman can be seen in superhero films outside the Superman storyline. She owns The Donners' Company with her husband, director Richard Donner.Her films have grossed about $4.5 … Richard Donner Fans Also Viewed . Principal photography of Superman included filming of its first sequel, Superman II. Despite the first film's success, Donner was fired from Superman II. One of Donner's assistants in the late 1990s was comic book writer Geoff Johns. Richard Donner was born on April 24, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard D. Schwartzberg. [5] In his early career as a director he worked on over twenty-five television series including Have Gun Will Travel, The Fugitive, Combat!, Get Smart, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Wild Wild West, Gilligan's Island, Kojak, Tales from the Crypt and The Twilight Zone (most notably the famous "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" starring William Shatner and "From Agnes—With Love" starring Wally Cox), as well as the serial Danger Island from the children's program The Banana Splits.[5]. She said their professional relationship helped her learn how to work on action films: "if I hadn't seen how he did action movies, I wouldn't have had the wherewithal to even pursue an X-Men or a Constantine, or any of those". Donner has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008, right next to her husband's. He’s just an extremely charming, talented, great fuckin’ guy. He has been married to Lauren Shuler Donner since November 27, 1986. He really loves what he’s doing, loves working with actors, and he allows you freedom to explore all kinds of areas. [3] She is the daughter of a wholesale distributor and a housewife. Donner was a rare camerawoman in a male-dominated field, being the first woman admitted to the IATSE Electrical and Camera Guild #659. Together they enjoyed fifty-seven years of marriage and she survives. She was raised in Cleveland, where she took on photography and frequently went to the movies with a cousin. Managed by: Robert Walter Mlodzik: Last Updated: March 5, 2015 Donner continued to promote the view his contribution was superior to rest of the series. And brings his daughter along. In an interview in 2000, Gibson described his impressions of Donner: "Uncle Dick. Richard Donner. He is 90 years old and is a Taurus. He and his wife, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, own the production company The Donners' Company, most well known for producing the X-Men film series. His break-through film was The Omen (1976). Although known for The Omen and the Lethal Weapon films, he is most famous for the hailed creation of the first modern superhero film, Superman, starring Christopher Reeve. On November 10, 2010, Donner's authorized biography You're the Director... You Figure It Out: The Life and Films of Richard Donner by James Christie was published by BearManor Media. ... My wife … Richard Donner is a Taurus and was born in The Year of the Horse Life. Movie Actor. Birthplace: New York City. That is a combined net worth … "[13], Nominated – CableACE Award for Best Dramatic Series, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films President's Award, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House, Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic, Vanity Fair: "The Rude Warrior" by Peter Biskind, Variety Magazine: "Vet helmer’s long and boffo road" by Beverly Walker, Haaretz: "Superman, Man of Schlemiel? In 1978, Donner directed Superman: The Movie, starring Christopher Reeve in the title role. [3], Donner started his career with hopes of acting. Richard Donner reflects on the legacy of Superman, the greatness of Christopher Reeve's performance, and why we still need the Man of Steel. Richard Lester: A hard day's life The man who "invented" the music video was the perfect film director for the Beatles. [7] While Donner has credits in all X-Men films, the last ones she actually produced were X-Men: Days of Future Past and Deadpool; Simon Kinberg took over the later films so Donner could instead make the TV show Legion,[8][9] with Donner only receiving producer credit out of loyalty. First Name Richard. Donner's name is also the German word for 'Thunder', and in ancient pagan times, the similarly-derived 'Donar' was the name in German lands for the Aesir deity Thor. He’s a great guy, just terrific. [5] After a traffic accident that had her hospitalized for months, Donner started working with screenwriter friends and became a creative executive/story editor on Motown Productions. Lauren Diane Shuler Donner (born June 23, 1949) is an American film producer, who specializes in mainstream youth and family-oriented entertainment. In addition, Donner's wife has produced all of the films in the X-Men film series under their Donners' Company brand. Donner married producer/writer Jill Sherman in 1982. 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.[8][9][10]. Throughout the filming of Superman and Superman II, Donner had a difficult relationship with executive producers Alexander Salkind and Ilya Salkind and producer Pierre Spengler. Richard Donner's cousin is actor Steve Kahan, who played a policeman tracking Otis in Superman: The Movie, and played Captain Ed Murphy in the Lethal Weapon movie franchise. Kimble and a female reporter (Janice Rule) capture the critically-injured one-armed Fred Johnson, and try to get him to confess to the murder of Kimble's wife. [4][5], Eventually Donner decided to work as an associate producer, in 1976 joining ABC's Wide World of Entertainment. Taurus. He’s got his technical stuff down, his vision down. Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut was released on November 28, 2006, the same date as the DVD release of the summer film Superman Returns. Later, Donner got a job at Desilu, where he directed commercials. Raymond Richard Donner: Birthdate: 1904: Death: August 14, 1976 (71-72) Immediate Family: Son of Theodore Donner Fredrick Donner and Agnes A Donner Husband of Stephanie Frances Donner Father of Barbara Gloria Donner and Steven Matthew Donner Brother of Ador Paul Donner. While working at Motown, Donner became a personal friend of National Lampoon writer John Hughes, and convinced him to write a script that would become her feature film producing debut, the 1983 comedy hit Mr. [4] She has liberal political views and likes to work on movies that express her beliefs – Dave for politics, Free Willy for marine life and Hotel for Dogs for animal rights. 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