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      Irvin Kershner

      Irvin Kershner

      Highest Rated: 100% The Hoodlum Priest (1961)

      Lowest Rated: 14% On Deadly Ground (1994)

      Birthday: Apr 29, 1923

      Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

      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.

      Highest rated movies

      The Last Temptation of Christ
      On Deadly Ground

      Photos

      THE FLIM-FLAM MAN, Michael Sarrazin, George C. Scott, director Irvin Kershner, on-set, 1967, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. THE EYES OF LAURA MARS, Faye Dunaway, director Irvin Kershner, on-set, 1978, ©Columbia Pictures ROBOCOP 2, Irvin Kershner (center), 1990 ROBOCOP 2, Peter Weller, director Irvin Kershner, on set, 1990. ©Orion Pictures Corp NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN, from left, director Irvin Kershner, Sean Connery, 1983, ©Warner Brothers ROBOCOP 2, director Irvin Kershner, on set, 1990. ©Orion Pictures Corp

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      88% 66% Tell Them Who You Are Self $38.6K 2004
      No Score Yet 59% American Perfekt Producer - 1997
      14% 35% On Deadly Ground Walters (Character) $36.0M 1994
      28% 36% RoboCop 2 Director $45.4M 1990
      No Score Yet 80% Traveling Man Director - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wildfire Executive Producer - 1988
      82% 84% The Last Temptation of Christ Zebedee (Character) $8.2M 1988
      71% 37% Never Say Never Again Director - 1983
      95% 97% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Director $291.9M 1980
      61% 43% Eyes of Laura Mars Director - 1978
      No Score Yet 63% Raid on Entebbe Director - 1977
      55% 43% The Return of a Man Called Horse Director - 1976
      No Score Yet 16% S.P.Y.S Director - 1974
      71% 49% Up the Sandbox Director - 1972
      No Score Yet 30% Loving Director - 1970
      75% 64% The Flim Flam Man Director - 1967
      33% 33% A Fine Madness Director - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Luck of Ginger Coffey Director - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Face in the Rain Director - 1963
      100% 75% The Hoodlum Priest Director - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Captives Director - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stakeout on Dope Street Director - 1958

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 82% Amazing Stories Director 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Director 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cain's Hundred Director 1961