Irvin Kershner

Director, Producer, Designer
Photography and art were the launching pads for director Irvin Kershner's career; he studied both extensively as well as tackled documentaries in the 1950s before making his feature debut with "Stakeout on Dope Street" ... Read more »
Born: 04/29/1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Director (19)

Ben Casey 1961 - 1966, 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

SeaQuest DSV 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

Robocop 2 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Never Say Never Again 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

The Empire Strikes Back 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Eyes of Laura Mars 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

The Return of a Man Called Horse 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Spys 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Up the Sandbox 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Loving 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Flim-Flam Man 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

A Fine Madness 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

The Luck of Ginger Coffey 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

A Face in the Rain 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hoodlum Priest 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Stakeout on Dope Street 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Young Captives 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Raid on Entebbe (TV Show)

Director

Traveling Man (TV Show)

Director
Actor (8)

Fog City Mavericks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Tell Them Who You Are 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

When Star Wars Ruled the World 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Terminal Island 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Star Wars: The Magic and the Mystery 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

On Deadly Ground 1994 (Movie)

Walters (Actor)

The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 (Movie)

Zebedee (Actor)
Producer (2)

American Perfekt 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wildfire 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (1)

Stakeout on Dope Street 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Other (1)

Badlands 1973 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Biography

Photography and art were the launching pads for director Irvin Kershner's career; he studied both extensively as well as tackled documentaries in the 1950s before making his feature debut with "Stakeout on Dope Street" (1958), a gritty crime drama for producer Roger Corman, which in turn led to numerous jobs on episodic television and in more independent features. Kershner's feature work was distinguished by his ability to mine realistic and intimate human drama from his stories, and for finding idiosyncratic takes on nearly every genre - from comedies like "A Fine Madness" (1966) and intimate dramas such as "Loving" (1970), to horror flicks like "The Eyes of Laura Mars" (1978) and historical adventures including "The Return of a Man Called Horse" (1976). His biggest box office success was the "Star Wars" sequel, "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), which benefited greatly from his mature direction. Kershner also maintained side careers as a producer, educator and occasional actor, but it was his work helming the darkest and most critically lauded of the "Star Wars" trilogy that would be his greatest legacy.

Relationships

Julia Kershner

Wife

EDUCATION

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, England

Drexel Institute of Technology

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

South Philadelphia High School

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Art Center School, University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

Art Center School, University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

Tyler School of Fine Arts, Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1946

Milestones

1995

Began directing a remake of "Forbidden Planet"; was eventually replaced by actor Edward Albert

1993

Directed the pilot episode of the NBC action adventure series, "seaQuest DSV"

1990

Directed the sequel, "RoboCop 2"

1988

Made screen acting debut playing Zebedee in "The Last Temptation of Christ," directed by Martin Scorsese

1987

Served as executive producer on the film, "Wildfire," the first film directed by Zalman King

1983

Directed the James Bond film, "Never Say Never Again"

1980

Made biggest commercial hit of his career, "The Empire Strikes Back"

1977

TV miniseries directing debut, "Raid on Entebbe"

1969

Was originally set to direct the film, "A Man Called Horse" but was replaced by Elliot Silverstein; Kershner co-authored the screenplay but did not receive screen credit

1964

First international film credit, the US-Canadian production, "The Luck of Ginger Coffey"

1958

Directed first feature films, "The Young Captives" and "Stakeout on Dope Street"; also co-wrote the screenplay for the latter

1950

Worked as documentary filmmaker for U.S. Information Service in Middle East on the films "Malaria," "Childbirth," "Locust Plague" and "Road of One Hundred Days"

Directed episodes of the ABC crime drama series, "The Naked City," and the ABC medical drama, "Ben Casey," in the early 1960s

Director and cameraman on documentary segments of TV series, "Confidential File"

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