A couple of nerd icons, director Irvin Kershner And actor Leslie Nielsen, passed away over the long weekend. Kershner was best known for having directed one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time, The Empire Strikes Back, where Nielsen's roles in the Airplane movies and the Naked Gun series forever assure his place among the funniest movie stars in film history.
Kershner died at his home in Paris at the age of 87, according to his goddaughter Adriana Santini. Nielsen was 84 when he passed in his Florida home due to complications arising from pneumonia.
Along with his more recent and well known comedic roles, Nielsen also played the captain in Forbidden Planet, a 1950s sci-fi movie that defined the genre for an entire generation, and influenced everything that came after, most notably, the Star Trek franchise. Please do not call him "Shirley."
Kershner recently said in an interview that he should have directed one of the Star Wars prequels. If this had happened, perhaps at least one of the most recent Star Wars movies wouldn't have been absolutely worthless trash.
We will miss both of these gargantuan talents and influential nerd-culture makers. Rest in peace.