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'Goonies,' 'Superman' filmmaker Richard Donner dead at 91

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'Goonies,' 'Superman' filmmaker Richard Donner dead at 91
Director Richard Donner has died at the age of 91. File Photo by Ezio Petersen/UPI | License Photo

July 5 (UPI) -- Richard Donner -- who directed classic films such as The Omen, Superman, The Goonies, Ladyhawke and Lethal Weapon -- has died at the age of 91.

His wife, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, confirmed the New York native's death to Deadline Monday, while his production company broke the sad news to Variety.

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The cause has not been disclosed.

Donner's other movie credits include Superman II, Inside Moves, The Toy, Scrooged, Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Lethal Weapon 4, Maverick, Conspiracy Theory, Assassins, Timeline and 16 Blocks. He was also an executive producer on The Lost Boys, and the Free Willy and X-Men franchises.

He and Shuler Donner have been married since 1985.

Filmmaker Kevin Smith was one of the first celebrities to mourn Donner's death Monday.

"Richard Donner made the devil a child in The Omen, invented the modern day comic book movie with Superman, and reinvented the buddy cop movie with Lethal Weapon. I got to meet with him last year about a project. Guy was a natural born storyteller. Thanks for all the flicks, Dick!" Smith tweeted.

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"Richard Donner had the biggest, boomiest voice you could imagine.He commanded attention and he laughed like no man has ever laughed before. Dick was so much fun. What I perceived in him, as a 12 year old kid, is that he cared. I love how much he cared," Goonies co-star Sean Astin wrote.

"Richard Donner's big heart & effervescent charm shone in his movies through the remarkable performances of his cast, which is no mean feat. You remember all the characters in Superman, Lethal Weapon, The Goonies & more, because Donner knew how to capture that magic onscreen," writer-director Edgar Wright posted.

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Lee Elder is introduced before the ceremonial tee shot to start the Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., on April 8, 2021. Elder, the first Black man to play in the Masters Tournament, died on November 29 at the age of 87. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

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