On the heels of the news of Leslie Nielsen’s death last night comes another bit of sad news. Irvin Kershner, director of The Empire Strikes Back, died this weekend at the age of 87 after a battle with what is simply being described as an “illness”.
My son and I were fortunate enough to see a video greeting from a few big names that had been involved with The Empire Strikes back at a Celebration V panel called The Masters of the Empire, among them was Irvin Kershner. His portion of the video was heart felt and warm, and the man seemed in good health. Even though we didn’t get to see him live, it was nice to see and hear so many people’s reactions when his face appeared on the jumbo screens.
His directing credits include Robo Cop 2 and the Bond film Never Say Never Again, and the television show seaQuest DSV (which I just watched a few days ago).
Both of these film legends will be missed, but their legacies will live on in the body of work they leave behind, and in the future filmmakers who will undoubtedly continue to be influenced by them.