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|Born:||April 24, 1930||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Bronx, New York, USA||Profession:||Producer ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Raised in Mount Vernon, NY
Began career as an actor off-Broadway
Worked with director Martin Ritt on TV production of W Somerset Maugham's "Of Human Bondage" for "The Teller of Tales"
Moved to Los Angeles, CA; began directing commercials, industrial films and documentaries
Debut as TV director, episode of "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (CBS)
Directed numerous episodes of TV series including "Perry Mason" (CBS), "The Fugitive" (ABC), "Get Smart" (CBS, NBC), as well as the pilots for "Kojak" (CBS) and "Bronk" (CBS)
Feature directing debut, "X-15" starring Charles Bronson
TV-movie producing and directing debut, "A Shadow in the Streets" (NBC)
First major feature, "The Omen" was box office hit
Directed "Superman"; replaced on the sequel "Superman II" by Richard Lester
First film as executive producer, "Omen III: The Final Conflict"
First film as producer (with Lauren Shuler), "Ladyhawke"; also directed
Introduced cop team of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in "Lethal Weapon"; produced and directed
Served as executive producer and producer on cable series "Tales From the Crypt" (HBO); also directed various episodes
Paid the then-record fee of $5 million to take over the direction of "Radio Flyer" (1992) from screenwriter and first-time director David Mickey Evans after ten days of shooting; Donner replaced cast and added more upbeat ending
Produced and directed movie version of old TV series "Maverick," starring Mel Gibson
Reunited with Gibson for "Conspiracy Theory," co-starring Julia Roberts
Helmed "Lethal Weapon 4" with Gibson and Glover; also produced
Executive produced Oliver Stone's football drama "Any Given Sunday"
Executive produced feature adaptation of comic book series "X-Men"
Helmed the feature adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel "Timeline"; also co-produced
Directed Bruce Willis and Mos Def in the thriller "16 Blocks"
Executive produced the prequel feature "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"
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