Dirk Wallace Craft, DGA director and long-time assistant director on shows such as “Nip/Tuck” and “Rizzoli and Isles,” died March 24 after a three-year battle with an undisclosed illness. He was 48.

After completing the DGA Trainee Program in 1991, Craft served as an assistant director on more than 50 productions, including “The Crucible” and “Running With Scissors.” Most recently he had launched a successful career as a director, helming episodes of “Burn Notice” as well as the film “Skinheads in Love” and the web series “Dicki.”

Craft was known on his sets for his meticulous preparation, skillful execution, kindness, commanding presence, and his mentoring of young film talent both in front of and behind the camera.

A Pontiac, Mich. native, Craft moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Michigan State in 1989. He is survived by his wife Sande Alessi Craft;  two children; his mother and a sister.