Irvin Kershner (born Isadore Kershner; April 29, 1923 – November 27, 2010) was an American director of film and television and actor, best known for directing quirky, independent films early in his career, and then The Empire Strikes Back, the James Bond adaptation Never Say Never Again, and RoboCop 2.
Kershner was the son of Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants. He considered himself an internationalist, saying "I've been a student of Christianity. I've been interested in the historical basis of the Muslim religion. I studied Buddhism. I don't think of myself as a Jew except by birth, as I don't follow the customs. I'm a Jew because other people consider me so. My pride is in being international."
"There's nothing more interesting than the landscape of the human face."
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