Richard Donner

Highest Rated: 94% Superman (1978)
Lowest Rated: 9% The Toy (1982)
Birthday: Apr 24, 1930
Birthplace: Not Available
Working briefly as an actor in the late 1950s, American director Richard Donner first wielded the megaphone for a group of TV commercials, then graduated to the weekly western Wanted: Dead or Alive. Some of Donner's best early work was concentrated on the fantasy anthology Twilight Zone, including the imperishable 1963 episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." Donner also worked for Hanna-Barbera, directing several episodes of "Danger Island", a component of the 1968 kid's series The Banana Splits; there was, however, very little that was "kiddie" about "Mystery Island," a hallucinatory symphony of hand-held camerawork. A film director since 1961 Donner turned to movie work full time with 1968's Salt and Pepper. The Omen (1976), a demonic-possession opus, was Donner's first major moneymaker, leading to his directing assignment on the first Superman film in 1978. Superman was popular enough to inspire three sequels, the first of which contained so much uncredited Donner-directed footage that the director was compelled to sue. Donner has struck gold at the box office several times since 1978, notably with the three action-packed Lethal Weapon films starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, and more recently with another Gibson vehicle, Maverick (1994).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies Actor 2019
No Score Yet Superman: La Película Director 2018
37% X-Men Origins - Wolverine Executive Producer $179.8M 2009
56% 16 Blocks Director Actor $37M 2006
11% Timeline Producer Director $19.4M 2003
No Score Yet The Omen Legacy Actor 2001
81% X-Men Executive Producer $156.2M 2000
No Score Yet Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher Executive Producer Producer 2000
52% Any Given Sunday Executive Producer Producer 1999
No Score Yet Made Men Producer 1999
52% Lethal Weapon 4 Producer Director 1998
No Score Yet Double Tap Producer 1997
56% Conspiracy Theory Producer Director 1997
44% Free Willy 3: The Rescue Executive Producer 1997
12% Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood Executive Producer 1996
15% Assassins Director Producer 1995
31% Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home Executive Producer Producer 1995
38% Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight Executive Producer Producer 1995
66% Maverick Director Producer 1994
57% Free Willy Executive Producer Producer 1993
59% Lethal Weapon 3 Director Producer 1992
33% Radio Flyer Director 1992
44% Delirious Executive Producer Producer 1991
No Score Yet First Works Actor 1989
83% Lethal Weapon 2 Director Producer 1989
No Score Yet Tales from the Crypt Director 1989
70% Scrooged Producer Director 1988
74% The Lost Boys Executive Producer 1987
83% Lethal Weapon Producer Director 1987
71% The Goonies Director Producer 1985
64% Ladyhawke Producer Actor Director 1985
9% The Toy Director 1982
No Score Yet Inside Moves Director 1982
86% Superman II Director 1981
32% Omen III: The Final Conflict Executive Producer Producer 1981
94% Superman Director 1978
86% The Omen Actor Director 1976
No Score Yet Lola (Twinky) Director 1972
No Score Yet Marshal of Madrid Director 1972
No Score Yet Salt and Pepper Director 1968
No Score Yet X-15 Director 1961

TV

CREDIT
89% Lethal Weapon
2016
Director
  • 2017
  • 2016
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
Director Executive Producer Producer
  • 1992
  • 1990
  • 1989
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
Yancy Tucker
  • 1975
  • 1973
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Director
  • 1974
  • 1973
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Director
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Director
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Director
  • 1966
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Director
  • 1965
90% Gilligan's Island
1964-1967
Director
  • 1964
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Director
  • 1964
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Director Director
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre
1956-1961
Director
  • 1960

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