The veteran director who worked as an AD on dozens of TV and film projects ranging from Mixology, Rizzoli & Isles and ER to Running With Scissors and the Shaquille O’Neal starrer Steel died Monday after a long illness. Dirk Wallace Craft was 48. A 1991 grad of the DGA Trainee Program, he served as an assistant director on more than 50 productions and also directed episodes of Nip/Tuck and Burn Notice. The Pontiac, MI, native’s AD credits also include TV’s Detroit 1-8-7, Alien Nation, VIP and numerous telefilms as well as the 1996 feature The Crucible starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Survivors include his wife Sande Alessi Craft, who runs Sande Alessi Casting in Hollywood; their children Shaelyn and Kai; his mother Juanita Craft Hawisher; and sister Krista Craft Strongman.
A celebration of Craft’s life is set for March 28 in Agoura Hills. Details: [email protected]. 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.