Director Irvin Kershner has passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 87 after a long bout with illness. Kershner is best known for directing ‘Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back,’ widely regarded as the best film in the Star Wars franchise and a personal favourite of mine. Empire Strikes Back showcased Sci-fi cinema at its very best, and continues to set the standards for sequels to this day.

Born in Philadelphia in 1923, Kershner trained in music and photography before he started making documentaries and features in the late ’50s. Kershner began his directorial career in 1958 with the Roger Corman produced ‘Stakeout on Dope Street.’ After much TV work, he directed 1978’s ‘Eyes of Laura Mars’ before being invited by George Lucas to helm ‘The Empire Strikes Back.’ The filmaker also directed a James Bond film, ‘Never Say Never Again’ – Sean Connery’s last appearance as 007, and Robocop II. Kershner retired from directing in 1993.

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Kershner. His incredible work will never be forgotten.