Monday, November 29, 2010

In Memorium: Leslie Nielsen & Irvin Kershner

Two science fiction icons died over the holiday weekend and the career work of both men greatly surpassed their attachments to the classic films that they were an indispensable part of.

Actor Leslie Nielsen (above;left), appeared in over one hundred films and 1,500 television programs over the span of his career, but experienced a major career resurgence in comedic roles following his turn as Dr. Rumack in the 1980 spoof, Airplane! Canadian-born, Nielsen was also immortalized by his iconic role in the 1956 science-fiction classic, Forbidden Planet. Some of Nielsen's other film credits include Tammy and the Bachelor, How to Commit Marriage, The Poseidon Adventure, Day of the Animals, Viva Knievel, Creepshow, The Naked Gun films, Dracula: Dead and Loving it and the Scary Movie films. He passed away on November 28, 2010 at the age of 84 of complications from pneumonia.

Director Irvin Kershner (above;right) got his start in television on series like The Rebel, Peyton Place and Philip Marlowe and then went on to direct films such as The Flim-Flam Man, Raid on Entebbe, Eyes of Laura Mars, Never Say Never Again and RoboCop 2. However, Kershner is best known for directing Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), the immediate sequel of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope; a job he initially declined. The film is widely & critically considered the best of the six theatrical Star Wars films. He passed away on November 27, 2010 at the age of 87, after a long battle with cancer.

The Catacombs extends its sincerest condolences to the families, friends and fans of these two fine gentlemen.

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