He was 87 when he passed away in his Paris home.
Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner died at his home in Paris after suffering from illness, his goddaughter Adriana Santini confirmed to the AFP Monday. He was 87.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, he lamented that he should have directed one of the Star Wars prequels.
He also 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.