Richard Donner Net Worth

Richard Donner Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Richard D. Schwartzberg net worth is
$100 Million

Richard D. Schwartzberg Wiki Biography

Richard Donner (born April 24, 1930) is an American film director, comic book writer and film producer.After directing the horror film The Omen (1976), Donner became famous for the hailed creation of the first modern superhero film, Superman (1978), starring Christopher Reeve. The influence of this film eventually helped establish the superhero concept as a respected film genre.Donner later went on to direct such films as The Goonies (1985) and Scrooged (1988), while reinvigorating the buddy film genre with Lethal Weapon (1987) and its sequels. He and his wife, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, own the production company The Donners' Company, which is most well known for producing the X-Men film series.In 2000, he received the President's Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. He was also nominated for Best Director in 1978 for Superman. Film historian Michael Barson writes that Donner had "emerged as one of Hollywood's most reliable makers of action blockbusters".

Full NameRichard Donner
Net Worth$100 Million
Date Of BirthApril 24, 1930
Place Of BirthThe Bronx, New York City U.S.
Height6' 2" (1.88 m)
ProfessionDirector, Producer, Actor
SpouseLauren Shuler Donner
ParentsFred Schwartzberg, Hattie Schwartzberg
SiblingsJoan Schwartzberg
AwardsHugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Nikola Tesla Satellite Award
NominationsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show
MoviesSuperman, The Goonies, Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, Lethal Weapon, The Omen, Superman II, Lethal Weapon 2, Scrooged, Maverick, Lethal Weapon 4, Lethal Weapon 3, Conspiracy Theory, Ladyhawke, 16 Blocks, Assassins, Timeline, The Toy, Radio Flyer, Inside Moves, Salt and Pepper, X-15, Sarah T. �...
TV ShowsPerversions of Science
1Deep gruff voice
2Often inserts lines of dialog or places PSA posters/stickers for animal rights, human rights, and gun control
3Movies have a glossy look or feel to them
4Frequently casts Danny Glover
5Shots from waist level or below looking up at actors
6Long shots looking at actors through gaps in scenery or between other actors in the scene
7Features human free-fall stunts in nearly all his films
8Frequently casts Steve Kahan
9Frequently casts Mel Gibson
Conspiracy Theory (1997)$5,000,000
Assassins (1995)$12,000,000
Radio Flyer (1992)$5,000,000
Superman (1978)$1,000,000
The Omen (1976)$115,000
1[on casting Marlon Brando in Superman (1978)] Marlon's the kind of man that if he can collect his money and not do the deed, he'd be only too happy to do so.
2[on Christopher Reeve] He's the real-life Superman. I know I will see him walk again.
3[on László Kovács, cinematographer] He is and was such a genius. He loved light so much. He and Vilmos [cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond]. It was like you'd toss a coin. "Who are we going to get? Who's available? Get me one of them Hungarians!"
4[on Mel Gibson] The most exciting thing that's come into my life as an actor and a friend. He's a very special human being.
5[on Mel Gibson] Mel Gibson is God's gift to a director, but he tells the worst jokes in the world.
6[Acknowledging Geoffrey Unsworth for developing the photography process that made the flying scenes in Superman (1978) possible] If it hadn't been for Geoffrey Unsworth, we wouldn't have had a movie.
1Directed the two war veterans turned actors who played the iconic disabled war veteran Homer Parish in the different versions of the same story - The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and Returning Home (1975). Donner directed Harold Russell in Inside Moves (1980) and James R. Miller in Scrooged (1988).
2His mother, Hattie, was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. His father, Fred Schwartzberg, was a Russian Jewish immigrant.
3The novelization for Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) uses the word omen; Donner directed The Omen (1976), and The Goonies (1985) the same year as Holmes and both were scripted by Chris Columbus and produced by Steven Spielberg. The book also says one of the characters is a superman to Holmes; this may be an in-joke to Donner who directed The Goonies (1985) and the first two Superman movies; there is a scene in Donner's movie when Sloth reveals a shirt with Superman's S on it.
4Mervyn LeRoy's "Little Caesar" is his favorite film.
5He was offered the opportunity to direct Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) but he declined.
6Directed one Oscar nominated performance: Diana Scarwid in Inside Moves (1980).
7He was interested in directing Dragonheart and spent 6 months on it in preproduction before moving on to other projects.
8Lives in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, California.
9Turned down the offer to direct Alien³ (1992).
10Co-producer of the "X-Men" films directed by Bryan Singer, who later directed Superman Returns (2006), a little more than 30 years after Donner himself directed the first one, Superman (1978).
11Was offered the job of directing Never Say Never Again (1983) but turned it down according to the book "The Films of Sean Connery" by Philip Lisa and Lee Pfeiffer.
12Was considered to direct the first Batman film (Batman (1989)), and had actor Mel Gibson in mind for the role of Batman.
13Was asked to direct the fourth Superman film (Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)), and considered it alongside Tom Mankiewicz, who had been the writer of the first two Superman films, but ultimately both Donner and Mankiewicz declined, as they had other projects to deal with at the time.
14Was actively pursued by Michael Crichton to direct Jurassic Park (1993).
15Actor Steve Kahan is his cousin. Kahan has appeared in 12 of his movies.
16Kept both One-Eyed Willie's head and a model for the ship from The Goonies (1985). Aside from directing the film, he has an uncredited cameo as one of the sheriffs on the quads as the Goonies exit the cave with the ship. He's the one with the gray hair. Producer 'Steven Spielberg (I)' instructed the cast members to act cold and distant toward Donner on the last week of filming, which puzzled him. Shortly after filming wrapped, Donner went to his beach house in Hawaii, ran into a frenzied neighbor who took up his entire day. When he arrived home, the entire cast was there with Donner to celebrate with a cookout. Spielberg flew them over to Hawaii on the promise that they not speak a word of the surprise to Donner, which prompted them to act the way they were on the last week of filming.
17Originally, Donner directed Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980) back to back, then cut back on filming the sequel to focus on finishing the first one for a Christmas release. A clash with producers Alexander Salkind and Ilya Salkind over the material led to Donner being fired before he could finish filming the second one and he was replaced with Richard Lester. Donner later estimated that he had directed 80% of the sequel and saw about 50% of his work in the theatrical film.
18Frequently makes uncredited appearances in his own movies.


Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut2006Video
16 Blocks2006
Lethal Weapon 41998
Conspiracy Theory1997
The Best of Sting: Fields of Gold 1984-19941994Video video "It's Probably Me"
Tales from the Crypt1989-1992TV Series 3 episodes
Lethal Weapon 31992
Radio Flyer1992
Two-Fisted Tales1992TV Movie segment "Showdown"
Lethal Weapon 21989
Lethal Weapon1987
The Goonies1985
The Toy1982
Inside Moves1980
Superman II1980uncredited
The Omen1976
Bronk1975TV Series 2 episodes
Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic1975TV Movie
A Shadow in the Streets1975TV Movie
Kojak1973-1974TV Series 3 episodes
Petrocelli1974TV Series 1 episode
Sons and Daughters1974TV Series 3 episodes
Lucas Tanner1974TV Series 1 episode
The Streets of San Francisco1974TV Series 2 episodes
Cannon1971-1973TV Series 4 episodes
Stat!1973TV Movie
Nightside1973TV Movie
Hernandez1973TV Movie
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1972TV Series 3 episodes
Ironside1972TV Series 1 episode
Banyon1972TV Series 1 episode
Circle of Fear1972TV Series 1 episode
Cade's County1971-1972TV Series 3 episodes
The Sixth Sense1972TV Series 1 episode
Bearcats!1971TV Series 2 episodes
Sarge1971TV Series 1 episode
The Interns1971TV Series 1 episode
The Banana Splits Adventure HourTV Series 3 episodes director - 3 episodes, 1969
Salt and Pepper1968
The Felony Squad1966TV Series 3 episodes
The Wild Wild West1966TV Series 3 episodes
Jericho1966TV Series 1 episode
It's About Time1966TV Series 1 episode
The Fugitive1966TV Series 2 episodes
The F.B.I.1966TV Series 1 episode
Get Smart1965TV Series 2 episodes
12 O'Clock High1965TV Series 4 episodes
The Trials of O'Brien1965TV Series
Perry Mason1964-1965TV Series 3 episodes
Gilligan's Island1964-1965TV Series 3 episodes
The Yellowbird1964TV Movie
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.1964TV Series 4 episodes
Mr. Novak1963-1964TV Series 7 episodes
The Twilight Zone1963-1964TV Series 6 episodes
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters1964TV Series 1 episode
The Lieutenant1963-1964TV Series 2 episodes
The Doctors and the Nurses1963TV Series 1 episode
Combat!1963TV Series 1 episode
The Eleventh Hour1963TV Series 2 episodes
Philbert (Three's a Crowd)1963Short as Richard D. Donner
Sam Benedict1962-1963TV Series 6 episodes
Have Gun - Will Travel1961-1962TV Series 5 episodes
The Rifleman1962TV Series 7 episodes
The Detectives1962TV Series 1 episode
X-151961as Richard D. Donner
Wagon Train1961TV Series 1 episode
The Tall Man1961TV Series 2 episodes
Route 661961TV Series 1 episode
Wanted: Dead or Alive1960-1961TV Series 6 episodes
The Loretta Young Show1961TV Series 5 episodes
The DuPont Show with June Allyson1960TV Series 1 episode
Zane Grey Theater1960TV Series 1 episode


The Goonies 2producer announced
Black & White in Colors2012associate producer
X-Men Origins: Wolverine2009executive producer
Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher2002TV Movie producer
X-Men2000executive producer
Any Given Sunday1999executive producer
Made Men1999producer
Lethal Weapon 41998producer
Double Tap1997producer
Free Willy 3: The Rescue1997executive producer
Conspiracy Theory1997producer
Perversions of Science1997TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House1996TV Series executive producer - 1997
Bordello of Blood1996executive producer
Tales from the CryptTV Series executive producer - 93 episodes, 1989 - 1996 producer - 6 episodes, 1989
W.E.I.R.D. World1995TV Movie executive producer
The Omen1995TV Movie executive producer
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home1995executive producer
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight1995executive producer
Tales from the Cryptkeeper1993-1994TV Series executive producer - 5 episodes
Free Willy1993executive producer
Lethal Weapon 31992producer
Two-Fisted Tales1992TV Movie executive producer
Delirious1991executive producer
Lethal Weapon 21989producer
The Lost Boys1987executive producer
Lethal Weapon1987producer
The Goonies1985producer
The Final Conflict1981executive producer
A Shadow in the Streets1975TV Movie producer


16 Blocks2006Man Holding a Birthday Cake (uncredited)
Timeline2003Man in Car (uncredited)
Out Cold2001Snooty Bartender (uncredited)
Conspiracy Theory1997Cab Passenger (uncredited)
Maverick1994Dealer (uncredited)
Tales from the Crypt1989-1990TV SeriesMan at Bar / Audience Member
The Goonies1985Policeman (uncredited)
Superman II1980Man Walking by Diner (uncredited)
Superman1978Man in Street (extended version (uncredited)
Lassie1971TV SeriesClay Braddock
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.1964TV SeriesInebriate
The Eleventh Hour1963TV SeriesArnold Hardy


Supergirl2015-2016TV Series character: Non - 8 episodes
Men of Annapolis1957TV Series writer - 2 episodes


Superman Returns2006director: archive footage


Our House2013Short special thanks
Casting By2012Documentary special thanks
Q&A with Ilya Salkind: Superman II2012Video documentary thanks
Superman: Requiem2011special thanks
How My Dad Killed Dracula2008Short special thanks
Superman II: Restoring the Vision2006Video documentary short special thanks
The Omen2006special thanks
666: 'The Omen' Revealed2000Video documentary special thanks
Hungry2000/IShort special thanks
Tales from the Cryptkeeper1999TV Series special thanks - 13 episodes
Pure Lethal!: New Angles, New Scenes, and Explosive Outtakes1998Video documentary short special thanks
The Chili Con Carne Club1995Short special thanks
The Crypt Keeper Presents: A Spine-Tingling Look at Tales from the Crypt1995Documentary short special thanks
Soul Mates1990Short special thanks
Aaron Webster's Superman1979Video short special thanks


Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies2017Documentary post-productionHimself
Davi's Way2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Superhero NationDocumentary post-production
Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond2016DocumentaryHimself
Paul Mazursky's: It's All Crap2013ShortHimself
Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics2013DocumentaryHimself
Christopher Nolan & Richard Donner: A Conversation2013Video documentary shortHimself
Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot2013DocumentaryHimself
Casting By2012DocumentaryHimself
A Family Affair: Bringing 'Lethal Weapon' to Life2012Video documentary shortHimself
Maximum Impact: The Legacy of 'Lethal Weapon'2012Video documentary shortHimself
Psycho Pension: The Genesis of 'Lethal Weapon'2012Video documentary shortHimself
Pulling the Trigger: Expanding the World of 'Lethal Weapon'2012Video documentary shortHimself
The Actor's Journey2011Video documentaryHimself
The Actor's Journey for Kids2011Video documentaryHimself
Kneel Before Zod2010Video shortHimself
The Making of a Cult Classic: The Unauthorized Story of 'The Goonies'2010Video documentary shortHimself
From the Inside Out: Moving from Manuscript to Motion Picture2009Video documentary shortHimself
MGM's Secret Operations2008Video documentary shortHimself - Director, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
U.N.C.L.E. V.I.P.S.: Season 42008Video documentary shortHimself - Director, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Starz Inside: Comic Books Unbound2008TV Movie documentaryHimself - Director, Superman: The Movie
No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos2008DocumentaryHimself
Paybacks Are a Bitch2007Video documentaryHimself
Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve2006Video documentary shortHimself
Superman II: Restoring the Vision2006Video documentary shortHimself
You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman2006Video documentaryHimself
Film '722006TV SeriesHimself
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
HBO First Look1994-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Who Needs Sleep?2006Documentary
The Curse of 'The Omen'2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Lost Boys: A Retrospective2004Video documentary shortHimself
Dinner for Five2004TV SeriesHimself
Journey Through 'Timeline'2004Video documentaryHimself
The Textures of 'Timeline'2004Video documentary shortHimself
Revealed with Jules Asner2002TV SeriesHimself
Making 'Superman': Filming the Legend2001Video documentary shortHimself - Director
The Omen Legacy2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Inside TV Land: Get Smart2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Taking Flight: The Development of 'Superman'2001Video documentary shortHimself - Director
Scene Smoking: Cigarettes, Cinema & the Myth of Cool2001DocumentaryHimself
666: 'The Omen' Revealed2000Video documentaryHimself - Director
Curse or Coincidence?2000Video documentary shortHimself
E! True Hollywood Story1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Intimate Portrait1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Celebrity Profile1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Lethal Weapon 4: Cast and Crew Interviews1998Video documentary shortHimself
Pure Lethal!: New Angles, New Scenes, and Explosive Outtakes1998Video documentary shortHimself - Director
The Directors1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen1996TV Series documentaryQuote Reader
Film Music Masters: Jerry Goldsmith1995Video documentaryHimself
The Crypt Keeper Presents: A Spine-Tingling Look at Tales from the Crypt1995Documentary shortHimself
Entertainment UK1992TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Mel Gibson's Video Diary 2: Lethal Weapon 31991TV Special shortHimself
First Works1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mel Gibson's Unauthorized Video Diary1989TV ShortHimself
Premiere: Inside the Summer Blockbusters1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
Muy personal1987TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Scream Greats, Vol. 2: Satanism and Witchcraft1986DocumentaryHimself
Treffpunkt Kino1985TV Series documentaryHimself
The Making of 'The Goonies'1985TV Short documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Superman: The Movie'1980TV Movie documentaryHimself
Revista de cine1979TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics2010Video documentaryHimself
The Magic Behind the Cape2001Video documentary shortHimself

Won Awards

2009Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year AwardAmerican Cinema Editors, USA
2008Lifetime Achievement AwardOjai Film Festival
2008Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureAwarded on October 16, 2008 at 6712 Hollywood Blvd. in a double ceremony with Lauren Shuler Donner.
2007Career Achievement AwardCasting Society of America, USA
2006Nicola Tesla AwardSatellite Awards
2002Joseph L. Mankiewicz Excellence in Filmmaking AwardDirector's View Film Festival
2000President's AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
2000Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Directing
1979HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationSuperman (1978)

Nominated Awards

1997Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Audience Participation Show/Game ShowSecrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House (1996)
1995CableACECableACE AwardsDramatic SeriesTales from the Crypt (1989)
1995CableACECableACE AwardsDramatic SeriesTales from the Crypt (1989)
1994CableACECableACE AwardsDramatic SeriesTales from the Crypt (1989)
1993CableACECableACE AwardsDramatic SeriesTales from the Crypt (1989)
1986HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationLadyhawke (1985)
1979Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorSuperman (1978)

Known for movies

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