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Richard Donner (born Richard Donald Schwartzberg on April 24, 1930) is an American film director and also producer through the production company, The Donners' Company, he and his wife, producer Lauren Shuler-Donner, own. April 24 is the 114th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (115th in leap years). ... 1930 (MCMXXX) is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ...

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Biography

Donner was born in the Bronx, New York City to Hattie and Fred Schwartzberg; he has a sister, Joan. Donner started his career with hopes of acting but quickly moved into directing commercials and making business films. He moved into television in the late 1950s, directing some episodes of the Steve McQueen western serial Wanted: Dead or Alive. He has worked on over twenty-five other television series including The Fugitive, Get Smart, The Wild Wild West, Gilligan's Island, The Six Million Dollar Man, Kojak, Tales from the Crypt and a famous episode of The Twilight Zone entitled "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", as well as the serial, "Danger Island" from the children's program The Banana Splits. His first film, the cheap military drama X-15 (1962) starring Charles Bronson, was not a great success, and he returned to television work. The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of United States. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Big Apple Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,214. ... The 1950s were the decade that traditionally speaking, spanned the years 1950 through 1959. ... Steve McQueen in The Great Escape Steve McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980) was a American movie actor. ... The Fugitive is an American network television dramatic series (ABC, 1963-1967) starring David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble, an innocent man falsely convicted for his wifes murder and sentenced to death. ... Get Smart was an American comedy television series that ran from September 18, 1965 to May 1970; a revival of the series ran from January to February 1995. ... The Wild Wild West Season 1 VHS The Wild Wild West was an American television series that ran on CBS for four seasons (104 episodes) from September 17, 1965 to September 7, 1970. ... The cast of Gilligans Island. ... Part of The Bionic series The Six Million Dollar Man was an American television series about a cyborg working for a U.S. secret service called OSI. The show was based on the novel Cyborg from Martin Caidin, and aired on the ABC network from 1973 to 1978. ... Telly Savalas as Theo Kojak Kojak was a US detective TV series which ran between 1973 and 1978 on CBS, starring Telly Savalas as bald New York City policeman Lt. ... Tales from the Crypt was a horror anthology TV series that ran from 1989 to 1996 on the premium cable channel HBO. It was based on the 1950s EC Comics series of the same name and was produced by The Geffen Film Company in association with Warner Bros. ... The Twilight Zone original opening The Twilight Zone was an anthology series created (and often written) by its narrator and host Rod Serling. ... “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” is an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone. ... Serial is a term, originating in literature, for a format by which a story is told in contiguous installments in sequential issues of a single periodical publication. ... Danger Island: A young Jan-Michael Vincent played Lincoln Link Simmons in this live-action adventure serial. ... The Banana Splits was a comedy variety television show in the United States during the 1960s starring several lifesize puppets. ... Charles Bronson This is about the actor. ...


His break-through film was in 1976 with The Omen, produced in the 'horror boom' following The Exorcist. He followed it with the hit Superman in 1978 and prepared much of the sequel before being fired. The decision to remove him from the film series, made by producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind, has been widely viewed by many fans as a huge mistake on the Salkinds' part, as the subsequent Superman films helmed by their preferred director Richard Lester, were of poor quality and quickly resulted in a downward spiral in popularity for the series. Donner's definitive version of the movie, simply entitled Superman II:The Richard Donner Cut will be released on November 28th 2006. The footage will include never before seen footage of Marlon Brando, a new opening, a new ending and approximately 83% of Donner footage. Some Richard Lester footage will be used to tie in loose ends. Donner has mixed commercial flops (Inside Moves, Radio Flyer) and successes (The Goonies, Lethal Weapon) since then. His legendary Ladyhawke (1985) ranks somewhere in the middle but has enjoyed a large cult following. Donner has received little critical appreciation, although he has a strong following amongst genre fans. In the case of Superman it was Donner who insisted the subject of the comic book superhero should be treated "straight" rather than "camp", an approach that strongly influenced later genre directors such as Bryan Singer and Tim Burton. In the early 1980s, Donner proposed to Warner Brothers a non-camp film version of Batman, to star Mel Gibson. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Exorcist is a 1973 film, based on the novel by William Peter Blatty first published in 1971. ... Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, Superman Superman, also known as Superman: The Movie, is a 1978 Warner Bros. ... Alexander Salkind (June 2, 1921 – March 8, 1997) was the second of three generations of successful international film producers. ... Ilya Salkind, son of the legendary film producer Alexander Salkind, is the man who, often in partnership with Pierre Spengler, has seen his career develop a strong commercial creative vision, along with the business acumen required to deliver motion picture and televison productions on time and on budget. ... Richard Lester (born January 19, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a UK based film director famous for his work with The Beatles. ... Inside Moves (1980) is a drama film, directed by Richard Donner. ... Radio Flyer is a 1992 USA movie about child abuse. ... The Goonies was a hit movie in 1985, produced by Steven Spielberg, and directed by Richard Donner, with the screenplay written by Chris Columbus from Spielbergs story. ... Lethal Weapon is the first of a series of American movies that were released in 1987, 1989, 1992, and 1998, all starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of Los Angeles police officers. ... Ladyhawke is a 1985 film starring Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer, directed by Richard Donner. ... Superman and Batman, two of the most recognizable and iconic superheroes. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Bryan Singer (born September 17, 1965) is an American film director. ... Tim Burton Timothy William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an American film director, writer and designer known for his off-beat and quirky style. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an Academy Award–winning U.S.-born, Australian-raised actor, director and producer, best known for acting in the Mad Max movie series, the Lethal Weapon series, acting in and directing the Academy Award–winning Braveheart and directing the 2004 blockbuster...


Richard Donner's cousin is actor Steve Kahan, who played the policeman tracking Otis in Superman: The Movie, and played Captain Ed Murphy in all the "Lethal Weapon" movies. Donner has cast Kahan in some of his other films too.


Themes

Donner often makes use of dramatic juxtaposition with a main character who is a 'believer' confronted with a partner or other characters who are doubters. This goes back to his Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" in which William Shatner's character is the believer attempting to convince the crew of the plane. In The Omen, David Warner's photojournalist is the believer while Gregory Peck is the doubter. In Superman, the outwardly cynical Lois Lane 'believes' in Superman while Clark Kent does not. William Shatner (born March 22, 1931 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian actor, who gained fame for his starring role as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven of the subsequent movies. ... David Warner David Warner (born July 29, 1941 in Manchester, England) is an English actor who often plays sinister characters. ... Gregory Peck (April 5, 1916 – June 12, 2003) was an Oscar-winning American film actor. ... Lois Lane is a fictional comic book character who appears in DC Comics’ Superman stories. ...


Filmography

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"Mr. Donner has made several of the most successful and least interesting films of his age." David Thomson

"If it hadn't been for Geoffrey Unsworth, we wouldn't have had a movie." - acknowledging the late British cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth for his contributions to the development of the flying shots and additional special effects of the first Superman film. David Thomson is a noted film critic, and author of the lauded New Biographical Dictionary of Film. ... Superman is a fictional character regarded as the most famous and popular superhero of all time. ...


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Richard Donner (born Richard Donald Schwartzberg, April 24, 1939) is an American film director and also producer through his Donner/Shuler-Donner Productions company.
Donner has made several of the most successful and least interesting films of his age." David Thomson
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