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Celebrity Deaths Trifecta: Leslie Nielsen and Irvin Kershner Die; Who’s Next?

Posted by on November 29, 2010 at 8:09 PM EST

irvin kershner leslie nielsen deathsWith the deaths of Irvin Kershner and Leslie Nielsen this week, it has us wondering who the third celebrity death will be.

This morning we woke to the sad news that movie Director Irvin Kershner has died. Kershner was a veteran of the entertainment business who directed many movies and television shows, but is best known as the director of the Star Wars movie The Empire Strikes Back. Much like Leslie Nielsen, Kershner had a huge impact on the entertainment industry.

Irvin Kershner made his directorial debut in 1958 with the crime drama “Stakeout on Dope Street.” He would go on to direct nearly 25 different movies as well as several episodes of TV shows. He also worked as a producer on a few projects.  When George Lucas first approached him to direct the Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes back he initially turned it down. His agent then stepped in and encouraged him to take the job. Many fans and critics site Empire as the best of the Star Wars movies.

Star Wars was not the only big project he was involved with. After empire Kaerhner directed the James Bond movie “Never Say Never Again.” This movie marked Sean Connery’s return to the role of 007 and was a big commercial success. The also directed “Robocop 2” and he worked as an actor in such movies as “The Last Temptation of Christ” and the Steven Segal movie “On Deadly Ground.” Talk about your opposite ends of the spectrum. “The Last Temptation of Christ” was directed by Martin Scorcese and “On Deadly Ground” was directed by none other than Steven Segal. At the time of his death he was working on a still photography project and teaching at the University of Southern California.

Irvin Kershner is the second high profile celebrity death in as many days with yesterday’s passing of Leslie Neilson. These things always seem to come in threes so we are left wondering: who’s next? There are a few celebs out there that are getting older like Betty White and Ernest Borgnine, but I might look to someone who is troubled. Someone like Courtney Love or even Charlie Sheen. Sheen would be a bigger shock than Love since Love has a long running drug problem and Sheen seems to just like to have the occasional bender. I think a popular choice is Lindsay Lohan, but she is young, strong and I think even if she doesn’t stay clean she has the stamina to go on for a long time. Michael Douglas has been very ill recently, but I think he is a fighter and will pull through. I know celebrity death pools are popular and a little creepy, but I think the next big star to die, whoever it is, will end up dying from a car crash, or something dramatic, not natural causes or illness. I things hold true to form, we will find out soon enough.

Our thought and prayers go out to the family and friends of both Irvin Kershner and Leslie Nielsen, you will both be missed.



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