Superman and Goonies director Richard Donner dies aged 91.

by Helvine Achieng
July 12, 2021

Hollywood director whose films included Superman and The Goonies, Richard Donner, has died aged 91. Born in the Bronx, New York, Donner started on television in the early 1960s, with credits including anthology series The Twilight Zone and spy thriller The Man From Uncle.


It wasn't until the mid-1970s that he Donner made his mark on Hollywood. His work on 1978's Superman starring Christopher Reeve is often regarded as the first modern superhero film.

Donner directed and produced The Goonies in 1985. The comedy tells the story of a group of children hunting for a hidden treasure and has become a cult classic.


Donner's first major break came with 1976's The Omen and later produced Free Willy and The Lost Boys. Steven Spielberg, who wrote the story on which The Goonies was based, told Variety 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.


Adding,


"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."


Actor Mel Gibson shared,


 "magnanimous heart and soul, which he liberally gave to all who knew him."

"If we piled up all the good deeds he did, it would stretch to some uncharted place in the sky. I will sorely miss him, with all his mischievous wit and wisdom," he said.


Many have taken to social media to pay tribute to Donner.