Oscar-winner Curtis Hanson has died of a heart attack at the age of 71 reports TMZ. Hanson has been retired from filmmaking due to his battle with Alzheimers and complications from heart surgery in 2011, his last film the surfing film “Chasing Mavericks” which was ultimately a co-directing effort with Michael Apted.
Hanson won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for “L.A. Confidential” which he directed and co-wrote with Brian Helgeland. The film was both a major critical and commercial success, launching the Hollywood stage of the careers of Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce and helping make Kevin Spacey a household name.
But he was known for more than just one film. Before doing ‘Confidential’ he was known for crafting iconic 1990s thrillers – the Meryl Streep-led “The River Wild,” the James Spader and Rob Lowe-led “Bad Influence,” and the Rebecca DeMornay potboiler “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle”. He even did the early Tom Cruise comedy “Losin’ It”.
His follow-up to ‘Confidential’ was “Wonder Boys” which was also met with great acclaim and that was followed by the successful Eminem film “8 Mile”. Other works include “In Her Shoes,” “Lucky You,” “Never Cry Wolf,” “White Dog,” “The Bedroom Window,” “The Little Dragons” and “The Silent Partner”.