Richard Donner, director of Superman and The Goonies, dies aged 91

Richard Donner, the director and producer behind such films as The Goonies and Superman, has died at the age of 91.

Donner’s production company confirmed the news to Variety on June 6. A cause of death hasn’t been announced.

Born in the Bronx, New York, Donner started in television in the early 1960s,

Steven Spielberg, who wrote the story on which The Goonies was based, told the media that Donner was “gifted across so many genres”.

“Being in his circle was akin to hanging out with your favourite coach, smartest professor, fiercest motivator, most endearing friend, staunchest ally, and – of course – the greatest Goonie of all,” Mr Spielberg said.

“He was all kid. All heart. All the time. I can’t believe he’s gone, but his husky, hearty laugh will stay with me always.”

Director Edgar Wright was among those who paid tribute to Donner on Monday, writing on Twitter: “Richard Donner’s big heart and effervescent charm shone in his movies through the remarkable performances of his cast, which is no mean feat. You remember all the characters in Superman, Lethal Weapon, The Goonies & more because Donner knew how to capture that magic onscreen.”

Among his best-known films as director were the Lethal Weapon film series, the 1976 horror film The Omen, and the 1988 Christmas comedy Scrooged.

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