Hollywood director and producer, Richard Donner, best known for directing Superman and Lethal weapon, passed away on Monday at the age of 91.  Lauren Schuler Donner, Donner’s wife and business manager confirmed his death to Deadline.

Donner is best known for the Lethal Weapon series, and the original Superman film featuring Christopher Reeve.

New York-born Donner started his career in television in the early 1960s, appearing in series such as The Twilight Zone and The Man From Uncle. In 1976, The Omen became his first major hit.

His real legacy in Hollywood came in the mid-1970s and he is often regarded as the father of modern superhero films for his work on 1978’s Superman.

While he was in the TV business, he appeared on shows such as Route 66, The Twilight Zone, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Twitter erupted with tributes following Donner’s passing. Fans posted old pictures and videos of Donner in tweets with heartwarming farewell messages. 

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