The Star Wars series has lost a legendary director, Irvin Kershner, who directed the "Empire Strikes Back". Kershner, 87, died over the weekend after suffering a long illness. He is survived by two sons.
Kershner was born in Pennsylvania and had a background in music and film. He later graduated from the University of Southern California and went on to produce films. The list including James Bond "Never Say Never Again", Sean Connery " A Fine Madness", and "Robocop 2".
As the young Irvin began in the business when he got his first break in the 50's filming a low budget show called "Confidential Files". He moved on to countries abroad to Turkey and Greece to produce informational films. Later he returned to the states and continued his career.
Returning to his alma mater of SoCal, he was on faculty. He also went on to dab in acting himself in "The Temptation of Christ" where he played a priest. He died in his home in Los Angeles, California.