- Was the director of the first modern superhero film, Superman, in 1978.
- Human free-fall stunts became one of his trademark film features.
- While directing The Goonies, he makes an uncredited appearance on camera as one of the sheriffs as the Goonies exit the cave with the ship.
- Steven Spielberg threw a surprise wrap party for Donner at Donner's beach house in Hawaii with the entire cast of The Goonies after filming.
- Was given the President's Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films in 2000.
- Awarded his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a rare double ceremony with his wife, Lauren Shuler Donner in 2008.
- His 2010 authorized biography features a forward by Mel Gibson.
- Hattie Schwartzberg — Mother
- Lauren Shuler-Donner — Wife
- Joan — Sister
- Fred Schwartzberg — Father
- New York University, New York, New York, United States