‘Empire Strikes Back’ Director Irvin Kershner Dies At 87
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Director Irvin Kershner, best known for helming The Empire Strikes Back, died today at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87 years old.

Kershner’s goddaughter Adriana Santini, who resides in France, told French news agency AFP that Kershner died after a long illness. No other details about his death were given.

Born in Philadelphia on April 29, 1923, Kershner also directed the 1983 James Bond film Never Say Never Again and 1990’s RoboCop 2.

It’s well known in the Star Wars fan community that Kershner, an unlikely choice to direct the sequel, was a major part of why The Empire Strikes Back turned out to be such a great film (many would say the best movie of the franchise), and one of the greatest sequels of all time.

In the recently released book The Making Of The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars creator George Lucas talks about his reasoning behind choosing Kershner to direct the film; there’s also behind-the-scenes photos of Kershner with the cast, as well as transcripts of Kershner’s on-set discussions with the cast and crew.

While Kershner might not have been a household name, there’s no doubt that he has left behind one of the most important and beloved legacies in film history with this work on The Empire Strikes Back.

Irvin Kershner
1923 – 2010

[AFP | Image: PBS]


  1. If you read the link, it’s not only possible he was kidding, it’s absolutely 100% definite he was kidding. He was giving an award to the publicist who worked on Empire Strikes Back, and he joked about how the only reason people think the movie was good is because the publicist did such a good job, Obviously he doesn’t think the publicist has magic powers that can convince people to like sucky movies, he was making a joke.

    Comment by Name: Mark — November 30, 2010 @ 1:33 am

  2. Sigh,It’s always sad to hear about a death so, when its the death of a film artist like Kersner, it makes the day al little dimmer. Rest in Peace Mr. Kershner.

    Comment by ErsName — November 30, 2010 @ 4:37 am

  3. Wow 2 sci fi legends in 2 days, R.I.P. Kershner and Leslie Nielsen.

    Comment by Harkonen — November 30, 2010 @ 11:00 am

  4. He directed my favorite Film of all time…..Sad day……

    Comment by Poop+ — November 30, 2010 @ 11:47 am

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