Hollywood became poorer with the death of legendary filmmaker and director Richard Donner who passed away at the age of 91 on Monday. He was not just a director of hits like Superman, The Goonies, and Lethal Weapon, he also was a producer, and was the only person who believed in Marvel Comics in the 1990s, when no one else did.
Rest in peace to legendary Director, Richard Donner. Thank you for helping us all believe a man can fly. pic.twitter.com/M1uQJJLOG5— Warner Bros. (@WBHomeEnt) July 5, 2021
The New York-born director began his career with TV, directing commercials and episodes of the hit shows including The Man from UNCLE, Get Smart, The Twilight Zone and Kojak. His first major Hollywood flick was The Omen in 1976 which not just announced his arrival, but also gave veteran actor Gregory Peck’s career the push it required.
While this film belonged to the horror genre and dealt with the unsettling tale of the child antichrist, in 1978, Richard Donner ventured into the comic book territory, heralding an era that is still growing even after 43 years.