According to media reports, one of the pioneers of classic action films, US director Richard Donner, is dead. He died on Monday at the age of 91 from an unspecified cause, according to a “deadline” report. His wife, Lauren Shuler Donner, told the industry magazine, “He was a great man. I was a very, very happy woman. But he was very sick, so it was time for him to go. “
The New York-born director delighted television viewers and moviegoers for decades with his TV episodes and films, which were primarily located in the genre between adventure and action. His best-known works include “Superman” from 1978 with actor Christopher Reeves and from 1987 the action comedy series “Lethal Weapon”.
The 1985 children’s adventure film “The Goonies” – produced by filmmaker Steven Spielberg – has also become a modern classic. Together with his wife Donner also produced a number of successful films, including “Free Willy” and “X-Men” in the 90s and from 2000.
Steven Spielberg said goodbye to his companion in grandiose words: Spending time with him was like being with “your favorite coach, the brightest professor, the wildest motivator, the most lovable friend, the most loyal ally”. “He was quite a child. All heart. The whole time. I can’t believe he’s gone, but his hoarse, heartfelt laugh will stay with me forever. ” (dpa)
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