R.I.P. – Director Irving Kershner Has Passed Away At 87

Irvin Kershner who is best known for directing The Empire Strikes Back has passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 87 after a long bout with illness.  Casue of death is currently unknown, but the AFP cites his goddaughter.

Born in Philadelphia in 1923, the filmmaker trained in music and photography before making documentaries and features starting in the late ’50s. His breakout came exactly thirty years ago when George Lucas hired him to helm Empire Strikes Back. That was followed by the unauthorized James Bond flick Never Say Never Again, starring Sean Connery. The last feature film he directed was RoboCop 2. His final directorial credits were episodes of the TV series Seaquest DSV.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.
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