LOS ANGELES (AP) --According to the associated press, when George Lucas needed someone to direct the sequel to "Star Wars," he turned to veteran filmmaker Irvin Kershner. Under Kershner's direction, Luke Skywalker learned that Darth Vader was his father and Han Solo delivered one of his most memorable lines, responding to Princess Leia's "I love you" with "I know."
Much of Hollywood gathered on Monday to mourn Kershner's death, including Lucas and his former "Star Wars" cast stars. Kershner died in his home Saturday, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 87.
Born in Philadelphia, he studied music, painting and photography before getting into the film industry.
The New York Times reports Kershner as a well accomplished director in both television and film.
After directing for George Lucas, he went on to direct other films such as Robocop 2 and the James Bond picture Never Say Never Again.