Hollywood Remembers Writer-Director Curtis Hanson

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Rob Lowe, Kevin Bacon and Dane Cook took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late helmer.

Curtis Hanson, whose L.A. Confidential earned him an Oscar and vaulted him to A-list status as a screenwriter and director, died Tuesday at 71. 

Hanson also helmed such box-office hits as the Rebecca De Mornay horror thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) and the Eminem hip-hop drama 8 Mile (2002). He most recently directed the 2012 surfing movie Chasing Mavericks, but left the production because of an undisclosed illness. 

A skilled technician and former magazine journalist who worked with Roger Corman and Sam Fuller early in his career, the versatile Hanson was proficient in a wide array of genres and styles.

He also has on his list of credits Losin’ It (1983), starring Tom Cruise; The River Wild (1994), starring Meryl Streep; Wonder Boys (2000), starring Michael Douglas; and In Her Shoes (2005), starring Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette.

Eminem, star of 8 Mile, said in a statement, "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."

Danny DeVito, who starred in L.A. Confidential, told The Hollywood Reporter: "Crossed paths in an airport not too long ago. Embraced like long lost brothers. Gonna miss Curtis, a sweet gentle man, Peace."

Colleagues and admirers, including Rob Lowe, Kevin Bacon, Dane Cook and Abigail Spencer took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late helmer. See some of the reactions below.