Curtis Hanson, who won a screenwriting Oscar for “L.A. Confidential” and directed the psychological thriller “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” and Eminem’s tale of Detroit hip-hop “8 Mile,” has died. He was 71.
Paramedics declared Hanson dead at his Hollywood Hills home late Tuesday afternoon, Los Angeles police spokesman Tony Im said. Hanson died of natural causes, but he did not have further details.
A native of Reno, Nevada, who grew up in Los Angelt of high school to work as a photographer, writer and editor for the magazine Cinema.
“It was, in a sense, my film school,” Hanson said in a 2002 interview with the Guardian.
He began screenwriting and directing in the early 1970s, but didn’t see serious success until directing 1992’s “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.” The film starring Rebecca De Mornay as a revenge-seeking nanny became a major hit.
Hanson went on to direct 1994’s “The River Wild” with Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon, and 2000’s “Wonder Boys” with Tobey Maguire and Michael Douglas.
Bacon was among those paying tribute to Hanson on Twitter on Tuesday night.
“Great director. Great man,” Bacon wrote. “Riding that river with him was one of the greatest gigs of my life.”
“Gremlins” director Joe Dante tweeted that Hanson was “A terrific guy who made some terrific movies.”
Hanson’s breakthrough as an acclaimed filmmaker came with 1997’s “L.A. Confidential,” which he co-wrote and directed.