Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner dies aged 87
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
|He knew everything a Hollywood director is supposed to know. [...] but was not Hollywood.|
—George Lucas, on Irvin Kershner
His previous credits, working as a photographer and musician, included A fine madness and Eyes of Laura Mars, the latter of these being the inspiration for the creator of the Star Wars movies,, to offer him the director's role for The Empire Strikes Back — something which he initially refused, only to be later persuaded because Lucas felt his attention to the development of characters was important. Lucas later admitted he hadn't wanted to direct the sequel himself. Speaking of the director, Lucas said: "He knew everything a Hollywood director is supposed to know. [...] but was not Hollywood."
He also gained recognition after being nominated for an Emmy, for the 1976 TV Movie Raid on Entebbe, an award which he didn't win, but which thrust him into the spotlight.
As a director, Kershner went on to be the driving force behind's return to the role of , directing in 1983. Moving further into the realms of Science Fiction, Kershner directed in 1990.
Kershner was not limited to behind the scenes work; he acted in two films,'s , in which he played Zebedee; and, starred as a film director in 's .