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New York. American film director Richard Donner, the man behind films such as “Superman” and “Deadly Weapon,” has died. He turned 91 years old.
It informs his production company to the American media Variety.
Donner broke through as a director in 1976 with the horror film classic “Omen” and followed up with the first modern superhero film “Superman” starring Christopher Reeves.
“Superman” became a worldwide success and is considered a sequel to the Spiderman and Batman movies.
Donner began his career as an actor, but never quite struck out until he moved around behind the camera.
During his career he became known as a solid director for major films, among them the adventure film “Goonies”, the black comedy “Scrooged” starring Bill Murray and the series “Deadly Weapons”.
“Deadly Weapon” threw off four films, and although the reviews got worse for each film after the first, there is no doubt that they are a nostalgic feature for many who were young in the 80s.
It’s been some years since the film world last heard from Richard Donner.
He was most recently featured in the 2006 action thriller “16 Blocks” about the retired officer Jack Mosley, who was to carry a witness to the courthouse under chaotic circumstances.
Richard Donner leaves behind his wife, film producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who, among other things, has been behind the “X-Men” series. The couple has been married since 1986.
/ ritzau / dpa
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