Irvin Kershner whose birth name is Isadore Kershner was an American actor, director as well as producer. He is best known for his directorial work in the Star Wars series, The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

Short-Bio Of Irvin Kershner

Irvin Kershner was born on April 29, 1923, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Isadore Kershner. He is also known as Kersh. His father’s name is Morris who supported the family selling fruits and vegetables from a street cart.

Late American actor and director Irvin Kershner

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His parents, who were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, raised him alongside his two older sisters. He follows Christianity.

Talking about his education, he studied music and art where he learned to play the viola and the violin. Later on, he joined Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He also has a degree in photography from the Art Center College of Design in Southern California.

He changed his name to Irvin only after he served in the Army Air Forces. She was an airplane mechanic and flight engineer during the 2nd World War.

What Was His Marital Status?

The late actor married two times in his life but none of his married lasted forever as he took divorce from both of his wives. He shared two kids and both of them are sons. One of his son’s names is David who resides in Los Angeles and another one is Dana, of Lummi Island, Wash.


He died on November 27, 2010, in Los Angeles, California, USA. The cause of his death was stated to be lung cancer. He was survived by his kids.

His Career and Net Worth

Having worked in several famous movies and also working as a director, he earned a huge amount of worth. He might have had a net worth of above $5 million at the time of his death.

The writer, director, cinematographer, as well as an editor, Kershner alongside late Paul Coates released a Documentary TV series, Confidential File. He also directed The Rebel, and the pilots of Peyton Place, Cain’s Hundred, Philip Marlow, and many more.

Besides his career in the filming industry, he also worked as a lecture at the University of Southern California. Later in his career, he shot The Empire Strikes Back, Never Say Never Again, and Robocop 2.

Throughout his career, he earned numerous accolades and was also nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award and a Palme d’Or.

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