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Irvin Kershner dies at 87; film director
Irvin Kershner dies at 87; film director

Irvin Kershner, a versatile movie director best known for "The Empire Strikes Back," the acclaimed 1980 sequel to George Lucas' blockbuster " Star Wars," has died. He was 87. Kershner, who taught screenwriting at USC in more recent years, died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles after a 3 1/2-year battle with lung cancer, his family said. A former documentarian whose more than 40-year career included work in television, Kershner earned his first credit as a feature film director for the low-budget 1958 crime drama "Stakeout on Dope Street." He went on to direct 14 other feature films, including "The Hoodlum Priest," "The Luck of Ginger...

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