John Hughes

John Wilden Hughes Jr. was born on February 18th, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan.

After dropping out of the University of Arizona in 1970 he began his career as an advertising copywriter.  His first foray into comedy writing had him selling jokes to comics like Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers.

Inspired by early family vacations he wrote a story called “Vacation ‘58” which gained him entry to the staff of National Lampoon Magazine.  “Vacation ‘58” was also the basis for the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation” which was released in 1983.

“Sixteen Candles” was his first directorial role.  It was released in 1984 and was praised for its more life like depiction of middle class high school life.  Hughes followed “Sixteen Candles” with “The Breakfast Club”, “Pretty in Pink”, “Weird Science” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.

In 1987 Hughes branched out from teen comedies and made “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” with Steve Martin and John Candy.

“Home Alone” was the biggest commercial success for Hughes.  It was the top grossing movie of 1990 and continues to be one of the most successful live-action comedy movies of all time.

Hughes retired from public life in 1994 and moved back to Illinois where he chose to farm.

John Hughes died on August 6th, 2009 of sudden cardiac arrest.  He was buried at Lake Forest Cemetery in Lake Forest, Illinois.

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