"When I finally accepted the assignment, I knew that it was going to be a dark film, with more depth to the characters than in the first film," Irvin Kershner on The Empire Strikes Back.
Kershner directed a number of noted features in the 1960s and 1970s, including "A Fine Madness" with Sean Connery, Joanne Woodward and Jean Seberg; "Loving" with George Segal and Eva Marie Saint; and "The Eyes of Laura Mars" with Faye Dunaway. His big-budget work also included 1983's "Never Say Never Again" with Connery and "Robocop 2" in 1990.
In recent years, Kershner taught screenwriting at the University of Southern California while continuing to produce, write and take still photographs, Guttman said. At the time of his death, he was working on a musical as well as a documentary about writer Ray Bradbury.