‘Lethal Weapon’ Star Danny Glover’s Touching Tribute to Film Director Richard Donner After His Death: ‘My Heart is Broken’

by Matthew Wilson

“Lethal Weapon” star Danny Glover is heartbroken over the death of film director Richard Donner. The two worked together in the “Lethal Weapon” series. But outside of the series, Donner established himself as one of Hollywood’s greats.

Glover worked with Donner on all four of the “Lethal Weapon” films, helping to establish the buddy-cop genre. Glover starred as Roger Murtaugh opposite of Mel Gibson’s Martin Riggs. The 1987 film proved to be a megahit, becoming a permanent part of pop culture. As a result, it spawned three sequels, all directed by Donner, and a short-lived TV series as well.

For Glover, Donner was more than just a director. He was also a friend.

“My heart is broken,” Glover told Deadline. “Working with Dick Donner, Mel Gibson and the ‘Lethal Weapon’ Team was one of the proudest moments of my career. I will forever be grateful to him for that Dick genuinely cared about me, my life and my family. We were friends and loved each other far beyond collaborating for the screen and the success that the Lethal Weapon franchise brought us. I will so greatly miss him.”

Richard Donner Passed Away

Richard Donner passed away on July 5th. His wife Lauren Schuler Donner confirmed his death to media outlets but didn’t reveal the cause. Donner leaves behind a legacy in Hollywood that spanned generations.

Donner was responsible for the beloved 1980s adventure film “The Goonies” and also helped kick off the entire superhero movie genre with the seminal “Superman: The Movie.” At 91-years-old, Donner hadn’t quite retired from the business yet. He still had one movie left he was looking towards. Like many directors, Donner looked to his next project. He wanted his swan song to be “Lethal Weapon 5.”

Donner never quite was too old for this s–t. He wanted his final film to be with his friends Danny Glover and Mel Gibson. But the director didn’t get to work on the film before he passed away. It remains to be seen if Gibson and Glover might still reunite in honor of Donner. Gibson also paid his thanks to the director who was a big part of his career.

“Donner! My friend, my mentor,” Gibson said. “Oh, the things I learned from him! He undercut his own talent and greatness with a huge chunk of humility referring to himself as ‘merely a traffic cop.’ He left his ego at the door and required that of others. He was magnanimous of heart and soul, which he liberally gave to all who knew him. If we piled up all the good deeds he did, it would stretch to some uncharted place in the firmament. I will sorely miss him, with all his mischievous wit and wisdom.”