Director Dirk Wallace Craft Dies at 48

He worked on such films as “The Crucible” and “Running With Scissors” and TV shows including “Nip/Tuck” and “Burn Notice.”

Dirk Wallace Craft, a director and assistant director on such films and TV shows as The Crucible, Running With Scissors and Nip/Tuck, died Monday after a three-year battle with an undisclosed illness. He was 48.

Craft served as assistant director on more than 50 productions, including the series Alien Nation and Rizzoli & Isles. More recently, he directed episodes of Burn Notice, the short film Skinheads in Love and the Internet series Dicki.

He was known for his meticulous preparation, skillful execution, kindness and commanding presence, as well as for his mentoring of talent both in front of and behind the camera.

A native of Pontiac, Mich., Craft moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Michigan State in 1989. He completed the DGA Trainee Program in 1991.

Survivors include Sande, his wife of nearly 12 years, their children, Shaelyn and Kai, his mother, Juanita, and his sister, Krista.

A celebration of his life will take place Friday in Agoura Hills. For information, please contact

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mariposa School of Global Education: payable to CAPTNS, 6050 Calmfield Ave., Agoura Hills, CA 91301, or online here.