During his career as a filmmaker/producer, he made his mark on the industry in a big way. Even if you’re not really into watching a lot of movies, you’ve probably seen one of his. Since the news broke of Donner’s passing, an outpouring of tributes have been seen online. Actors, directors, and writers who had worked with him or were inspired by him spoke out about the positive impact he had on the film industry. To say that Donner’s influence on movies will continue for generations to come is an understatement.
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 Never Say Die
— Sean Astin (@SeanAstin) July 5, 2021
Steven Spielberg reflects on the passing of Richard Donner, friend, and beloved director of THE GOONIES for Amblin Entertainment, who passed away today at 91.#RichardDonner #TheGoonies pic.twitter.com/6KSmKvWqVI
— Amblin (@amblin) July 5, 2021
Thank you, Richard Donner. You made me believe. pic.twitter.com/zmeONQpTUT
— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) July 5, 2021
I loved Richard Donner as person, and massively admired him as a director. To think he made The Omen, Superman, The Goonies and Lethal Weapon in just over 10 years time, and many more. Stunning. Truly one of the greatest American filmmakers of all time. He will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/6BWIkrvfuN
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) July 6, 2021
For this last shot of The Omen, Richard Donner told his child actor to look back at the camera like he was angry, and when he did, Donner started joking “Don’t you smile! Don’t you smile!”
— N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) July 5, 2021
I will always fondly remember that booming raspy voice and laugh. My childhood and life was so impacted by the incredible Richard Donner. Heart of a giant and spirit of a child. His impact on cinema is truly immense; deftly bouncing from genre to genre. Love you, Dick. pic.twitter.com/nb6mMbpfVd
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) July 6, 2021
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) July 6, 2021
While he directed Superman & cast Chris Reeve, Richard Donner also helped beget the modern superhero movie genre in other ways. His production company with wife Lauren Shuler Donner produced the X-Men movies. And his intern? Kevin Feige
— Jim Vejvoda (@JimVejvoda) July 5, 2021
Kevin Feige has released a statement regarding the tragic passing of Richard Donner. pic.twitter.com/03YN7sFTaX
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) July 5, 2021
— Scott Mantz (@MovieMantz) July 6, 2021
Rest in peace to legendary Director, Richard Donner. Thank you for helping us all believe a man can fly. pic.twitter.com/M1uQJJLOG5
— Warner Bros. (@WBHomeEnt) July 5, 2021
Some of my favorite childhood memories are watching his films and I’ll never forget my first time watching The Goonies. I wanted to be a rebel and go on some grand adventure. I try to make a habit of watching it with my kids for their first time, and for both of my older kids, they loved it. However, my third child is only a year old, so we’ve still got some time before I have to introduce him to Mikey and his gang of misfits.