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Curtis Hanson, Director of 'L.A. Confidential," Dies At Age 71

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Director/executive producer Curtis Hanson speaks during the "Too Big to Fail" panel at the HBO portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour in Pasadena, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016 02:56 PM

Curtis Hanson, an Oscar-winning filmmaker known for his work on "L.A. Confidential," died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 71.

Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Liliana Preciado said Hanson died of natural causes, CNN reported.

The Academy Award-winner was best known for his praised drama “L.A. Confidential,” which he won an Oscar for. The film starred Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey and Kim Basinger, painting a picture of the violence between cops and Hollywood figures in Los Angeles in the 1950’s.

“Thank you for believing in me and standing your ground,” Crowe said on Twitter. “In reality you made my job a career.”

Hanson directed "8 Mile," a drama about Detroit’s underground rap scene featuring rapper Eminem and also directed thrillers like "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" and "The River Wild."

"Curtis Hanson believed in me and our crazy idea to make a rap battle movie set in Detroit. He basically made me into an actor for ‘8 Mile.’ I’m lucky I got to know him," Eminem said in a statement to Billboard.

"So sad to hear about Curtis Hanson. great director. great man. Riding that river with him was one of the greatest gigs of my life," tweeted Kevin Bacon, a co-star in "The River Wild." 

According to The New York Times, Hanson was fascinated with the relationship between actors and directors when putting together a memorable film.

"Occasionally, very rarely, a movie feels so heartfelt, so emotional, so revealing that it seems as though both the actor and the director are standing naked before the audience," Hanson told the Times while screening "In a Lonely Place." "When that kind of marriage happens between actor and director, it’s breathtaking."

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