RIP John Hughes

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

John Hughes, the once-prolific filmmaker whose sweet and sassy comedies like “Sixteen Candles” and “The Breakfast Club” plumbed the lives of teenagers in the 1980s, died Thursday on a morning walk while visiting Manhattan. He was 59.

John Wilden Hughes Jr. was born on Feb. 18, 1950, in the suburbs of Detroit before moving, at 13, to the Chicago area. His father worked in sales, and he lived in a middle-class, all-American reality that became the mainstay of his films.

Mr. Hughes, who began his career as an advertising copywriter in Chicago, had been living quietly on a farm in northern Illinois. He is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Ludwig, whom he met in high school; two sons, John and James; and four grandchildren.

John Hughes filmography


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    • RiaD on August 7, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    his movies were a mainstay in our house….

    breakfast club

    ferris bueller

    planes, trains & automobiles

    the nat’l lampoon vacations…..


    he helped my kids & me grow up.

    i’ll miss him.

  1. how are you doing……..

  2. When those movies came out I was a few years older than the target audience and I felt I was too sophisticated for the characterizations and plots.

    In the past several years on satellite I have watched these flicks as well as “Fast Times At Ridgemont High” etc, and realize they were just good quality entertainment,….those films did catch the flavor of the times ….the mid-eighties.  

    • Inky99 on August 8, 2009 at 10:27 am

    and now he’s dead.

    What good is that career to him now?   He’s dead.

    It’s just weird.  That guy made so much money.   I hope he enjoyed it and did something good with it while he could.

    • RiaD on August 8, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    i was just passing the news on…


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