Scott Kalvert, ‘Basketball Diaries’ Director, Dead at 49

Scott Kalvert, 'Basketball Diaries' Director, Dead at 49

Kalvert was also a well-respected music video director who worked with Mark Wahlberg, Will Smith and LL Cool J

“The Basketball Diaries” director Scott Kalvert has been found dead at age 49, TheWrap has confirmed.

Kalvert was found at his home and pronounced dead on the scene in Woodland Hills on Wednesday at 1:55 p.m. His death is currently being investigated as a suspected suicide.

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Kalvert was a well-respected music video director, who worked with artists such as Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch (“Good Vibrations”), DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith (“Parents Just Don't Understand”), LL Cool J (“I'm That Type of Guy”), Salt ‘N Pepa (“Shoop”) and Cyndi Lauper (“I Drove All Night”).

After working with Mark Wahlberg on the “Good Vibrations” shoot, Kalvert took a risk and cast the hip-hop star as a hot-headed hoops player alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1995 drama, “The Basketball Diaries.” Kalvert went on to direct the 2002 Stephen Dorff crime movie “Deuces Wild.”

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Kalvert most recently served as an executive producer on Nick Cannon's 2009 film “School Gyrls,” in which Justin Bieber and Soulja Boy appeared as themselves.

  • telast

    Tough luck.

    • Gerard Kennelly

      river phoenix, depp and dicaprio all wanted that role

  • Andrew William Zoeller

    R.I.P. Scott Kalvert..I own”The Basketball Diaries”is a very good movie..also own”Deuces Wild”..

    • Woop DeDoo

      I watched it for the first time a few months ago even though I was aware of it for almost 20 years. I couldn't believe the hatred that it received from critics. I liked it.