Oscar winner writer & director Curtis Hanson dies at 71

The Oscar-winning LA Confidential director Curtis Hanson passed away at the age of 71. He was also well known for movies like In her Shoes, The river wild, Wonder Boys, 8 Mile, and HBO’s Too Big to Fail. He died due to natural causes at his home in Hollywood Hills.


Officer Tony Im of the LAPD confirmed the same to The Reporter Times and said that police arrived at him at 4:50 pm and he was already pronounced dead. Curtis Hanson has been suffering from ailing health for some time.

About Curtis Hanson:

Hanson born on 24th March 1945 in Reno, NV and began his career in the early 1970s. Hanson started working with writing and directing indie pics. Hanson had directed Losin’ It (1983) starring young Tom Cruise.

Curtis wrote the screenplay for films like White Dog (1982) and Never Cry Wolf (1983). He had shifted his focus to only directing in the 1990s. Under the direction of Curtis Hanson, the flicks like Bad Influence (1990), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), and Meryl Streep starrer The River Wild, and Kevin Bacon (1994) came out.


Written and Directed by Curtis Hanson – L.A. Confidential (1997) was up for Best Picture and also earned him a directing nominee and won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Set in 1953 Los Angeles, the film starred David Strathairn, Danny DeVito, James Cromwell, Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey and – in a rief but Oscar-winning scenes – Kim Basinger. It followed a group of corrupt LAPD officers and a deal with a Hollywood gossip rag to feed it celebrity tips.