Sad news today, as Deadline is reporting that legendary director Richard Donner has passed away today. Donner got his start in television where he directed episodes for a whole slew of well-known shows of the 1960’s and 1970’s, including The Rifleman, Route 66, The Twilight Zone, Perry Mason, Gilligan’s Island and Kojak, just to name a few. He returned as an Executive Producer in 1989 for the horror fan favorite, Tales from the Crypt.
While many people remember him from his blockbuster films like Lethal Weapon, Superman, The Toy, and Scrooged, horror fans will remember him bringing some of the most iconic films in the genre. In 1976, Donner directed the genre classic, The Omen. He also directed The Goonies, giving the world the “truffle shuffle”, and served as Executive Producer on The Lost Boys.
Donner, who was 91 years old, leaves behind a rich and prolific legacy.
The staff of Horror News Network send our deepest condolences to Richard’s friends and family during this difficult time.