With Michael Apted, co-directed sport drama "Chasing Mavericks"
Directed and produced HBO film "Too Big to Fail"
Helmed "Lucky You," a drama set in the high-stakes world of professional poker co-starring Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore
Directed the adaptation of Jennifer Weiner's novel "In Her Shoes," starring Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette
Directed and produced "8 Mile," a film starring Eminem loosely based on the rapper's life
Helmed the screen adaptation of Michael Chabon's novel "Wonder Boys," starring Michael Douglas
Scored major critical success for directing "L.A. Confidential" (also co-produced and co-wrote with Brian Helgeland); received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director; won award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Stock soared with commercial success of "The River Wild," starring Meryl Streep
Helmed surprise hit thriller "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle"
Directed "Bad Influence," starring Rob Lowe and James Spader
Wrote and directed the surprisingly good homage to Hitchcock "The Bedroom Window"
Made TV debut as writer-director of "The Children of Times Square," an ABC TV-movie about a teen runaway
Helmed "Losin' It," starring Tom Cruise
Made producing debut as associate producer on "The Silent Partner" (also screenwriter)
Directorial debut, "The Arousers/Sweet Kill" (also wrote screenplay), starring Tab Hunter
As Curtis Lee Hanson, co-scripted first feature (with Henry Rosenbaum and Ronald Silkosky) "The Dunwich Horror," an AIP thriller executive produced by Roger Corman
Interviewed various legendary Hollywood figures including John Ford, Vincente Minnelli, Dalton Trumbo, and William Wellman
Dropped out of high school
Edited Cinema magazine
Became a photographer and freelance writer of articles about Hollywood
Grew up in Reseda, CA in the San Fernando Valley
Befriended by writer-director-actor John Cassavetes, who invited Hanson to his garage to watch him edit his films