“Empire Strikes Back” Director Dies At 87

irvin kershner Empire Strikes Back Director Dies At 87

The director of “The Empire Strikes Back,” Irvin Kershner, has died at the age of 87. He passed away on November 27th after suffering from lung cancer for the past few years.

[photogallerylink id=40836 align=left]”Star Wars” creator George Lucas said: “The world has lost a great director and one of the most genuine people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Irvin Kershner was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. When I think of Kersh, I think of his warmth, his thoughtfulness and his talent.”

Kershner made contributions to other film franchises during his career including “RoboCop 2” in 1990, as well as Sean Connery’s last James Bond appearance in 1983’s “Never Say Never Again.”

“He was a director of extraordinary versatility,” Peter Rainer, film critic for the Christian Science Monitor, told The Los Angeles Times on Monday.

Kershner’s last contribution to film was a cameo as Statistics Professor in 2005’s “Berkeley.”

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