Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner died at his home in Paris, France, after suffering from an illness. He was 87. The longtime Los Angeles resident directed Sean Connery as James Bond in 1983’s Never Say Never Again and Peter Weller in 1990’s Robocop II. He was born in Philadelphia in 1923, and trained as a musician and in photography before creating documentaries and moving into feature films. It was because of his involvement in the Star Wars franchise that he was included by Carrie Fisher in her memoir Postcards From The Edge and played by Gene Hackman in the film version as the caring but also demanding film director having to put up with his star’s drug addiction.