Over the holiday weekend we lost a pair of Hollywood legends. Leslie Nielsen
, comic genius and long-time leading man, died in Fort Lauderdale, FL surrounded by family and friends. He was 84.
Originally a serious actor who worked on landmark films like The Poseidon Adventure
and Forbidden Planet
among many, many others, Nielsen's fame rose from his bumbling comedic characters from movies like Airplane!
and The Naked Gun series
. He is survived by his (fourth) wife Barbaree and children Thea and Maura, whom the actor had with his second wife, Sandy Ullmann.
Just as devastating to learn was that last night, director/actor Irvin Kershner
passed away at 87. "Kersh" as he was referred to by many of his friends and colleagues, most famously helmed The Empire Strikes Back
, which many continue to call the greatest of the Star Wars
films. Later in the 1980s he directed the non-canonical Bond film Never Say Never Again
(it was the return of Sean Connery to the role he originated in a "redo" of Thunderball) and the Frank Miller-scripted Robocop 2
. Other credits include The Eyes of Laura Mars
and A Fine Madness
Additionally, Kershner appeared on screen in films like The Last Temptation of Christ
. He directed