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Richard Donner, director of ‘The Goonies’ and ‘Lethal Weapon’, died at the age of 91




He was 91 years old. No cause of death was shared.

CNN has contacted the attorney for Donner and Warner Bros., the studio behind the “Lethal Weapon” movies, to comment.

Donner and his wife, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, co-directed The Donners’ Company, where they released films such as “Free Willy”, “X-Men” and “Deadpool”.

Donner’s career in film and television spanned six decades. His major directing projects included “Superman” from 1978, “Ladyhawke” from 1985 with Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfieffer, “Scrooged” from 1988 with Bill Murray and the 1985 film “The Goonies.” be produced by Steven Spielberg.

Spielberg, through his company Amblin Entertainment, issued a statement posted to Twitter Monday.

“Dick had such a powerful mastery of his films and he was so gifted with so many genres,” Spielberg said. “Being in his circle was like staying with your favorite coach, the smartest teacher, the fiercest motivator, the most endearing friend, the staunchest ally, and of course the best Goonie of all. “He was a whole boy. All his heart. All the time. I can’t believe he’s gone, but his rude, cordial laugh will always stay with me.”

Sean Astin, who starred in “The Goonies” as a child with Josh Brolin, shared his memories of Donner on social media.

“Richard Donner had the biggest, most booming voice you could imagine” Astin wrote in a tweet. “It caught my eye and he laughed like no one has ever laughed before. Dick was a lot of fun. What I perceived in him, when I was a 12-year-old, was that he cared. I love what he cared about. . Goonies Never Say Die. “
Mel Gibson, who Donner directed in the four “Lethal Weapon” films, reminded her of Donner a statement to Variety.

“Donner! My friend, my mentor. Oh, the things I learned from him! He downplayed his own talent and greatness with a great deal of humility which he referred to as” just a traffic cop. He left his ego at the door and demanded that of others. He was magnanimous in heart and soul, which he gave liberally to all who knew him. If we accumulated all the good deeds he did, it would extend to some unknown place of “The firmament. I will miss him so much, with all his wit and wisdom through, ”Gibson said.