John Hughes Dead at 59

I was not much of a fan of his work but commercially speaking, he was a monster in the biz. | John Hughes, famed 80s teen movie director, dies News Staff
John Hughes, the seminal '80s teen movie director of such hits as "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "The Breakfast Club," has died at the age of 59.
A spokesperson said Hughes had a heart attack in Manhattan while talking a morning walk. He was in New York to visit family.
Hughes roared on to the Hollywood scene with 1984's "Sixteen Candles," which helped turn Molly Ringwald into a star.
In 1987, with four hits about teenagers under his belt, Hughes decided to shake things up, and wrote and directed the John Candy vehicle, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles."
Actor Matthew Broderick became a star after playing the title character in "Ferris Bueller." He expressed his sorrow Thursday for the man who helped establish his career.

"I am truly shocked and saddened by the news about my old friend John Hughes. He was a wonderful, very talented guy and my heart goes out to his family," Broderick said.
The last film he directed was 1991's "Curly Sue."
In 1990, he achieved his greatest commercial success, writing the massively popular "Home Alone" which turned Macaulay Culkin into the United States' most famous child actor.
While he put the director's chair away for good in 1991, he continued to be a prolific comedy writer throughout the 1990s, typing out "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York," "Dennis the Menace," and "Flubber."
Hughes' shadow over 1980s film culture continues to loom large. His quirky and often geeky characters and mix of comedy with sentimentality is the foundation that current comedy king, Judd Apatow, has built his empire on. (In fact, the last film Hughes' wrote, the widely-panned 'Drillbit Taylor" was produced by Apatow in 2008.)
But Hughes had largely been out of the public eye for more than a decade. The Los Angeles Times reported last year that he lived in a Chicago suburb and no longer gave interviews.
Hughes was a native of Lansing, Mich. and set much of his work in nearby Chicago, often writing about the implications of social class on teenagers.
As a teenager in the 80's, his movies were a portion of what made memories my friends. We thought, way back then, that he captured the then thought of angst of being 16, misunderstood and fitting in and all that goes with it.

On occasion I still get a kick out some of those movies.

Condolences to his family.
Well, I guess there's no hope for a revival to Molly Ringwald's career now.
Best movies - Ferris Beuller, 16 Candles
Planes, Trains and Automobiles was good.

"Those aren't pillows"
Great director(and was decent as a writer as well). Many classic movies that are still relevant today.

Rest In Peace, Mr. Hughes.

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