John Hughes

John Hughes

Gender: Male
Known for: Writing
Birthday: 1950-02-18
Deathday: 2009-08-06 (59 years old)

Biography

John Wilden Hughes Jr. (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American filmmaker. Beginning as an author of humorous essays and stories for National Lampoon, he went on to write, produce and sometimes direct some of the most successful live-action comedy films of the 1980s and 1990s such as National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) and its sequels National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), Mr. Mom (1983), Sixteen Candles (1984), Weird Science (1985), The Breakfast Club (1985), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), Pretty in Pink (1986), Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), She's Having a Baby (1988), Uncle Buck (1989), Dutch (1991), Dennis the Menace (1993), Baby's Day Out (1994), the Beethoven franchise (co-written under a pseudonym with Amy Holden-Jones) and Home Alone (1990) and its sequels Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) and Home Alone 3 (1997).Most of Hughes's work is set in the Chicago metropolitan area. He is best known for his coming-of-age teen comedy films which often combined magic realism with honest depictions of suburban teenage life. Many of his most enduring characters from these years were written for Molly Ringwald, who was Hughes' muse.While out on a walk one morning in New York in the summer of 2009, Hughes suffered a fatal heart attack. His legacy after his death was honored by many, including at the 82nd Academy Awards by actors with whom he had worked such as Matthew Broderick, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Macaulay Culkin among others. Actors whose careers Hughes helped launch include Michael Keaton, Anthony Michael Hall, Bill Paxton, Matthew Broderick, Macaulay Culkin and members of the Brat Pack group.

Personal Life

In 1970, then-20-year old Hughes married Nancy Ludwig, whom he had met in high school. Together they had two children: John Hughes III (born in 1976) and James Hughes (born in 1979). They were together until his death in 2009. Nancy Hughes died on September 15, 2019.Michael Weiss and Ben Stein described Hughes as a Reagan Republican, PJ O'Rourke said:I have no idea how, or if, John voted ... John and I never bothered to talk much about our politics. What we did talk about was the 20th century’s dominant scrambled egghead bien pensant buttinski parlor pinko righty-tighty lefty-loosey nutfudge notion that middle-class American culture was junk, that middle-class Americans were passive dimbulbs, that America itself was a flop and that America's suburbs were a living hell almost beyond the power of John Cheever's words to describe ... We were becoming conservatives—in the most conservational sense. There were things that others before us had achieved and these were worth conserving ... Family was the most conservative thing about John. Walking across the family room in your stocking feet and stepping on a Lego (ouch!) was the fundamental building block of society.

Early Life

Hughes was born on February 18, 1950, in Lansing, Michigan, to Marion Crawford, who volunteered in charity work, and John Hughes Sr., who worked in sales. He was the only boy, and had three sisters. He spent the first twelve years of his life in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, where he was a fan of Detroit Red Wings #9 Gordie Howe. Hughes described himself as "kind of quiet" as a kid. "I grew up in a neighborhood that was mostly girls and old people. There weren't any boys my age, so I spent a lot of time by myself, imagining things. And every time we would get established somewhere, we would move. Life just started to get good in seventh grade, and then we moved to Chicago. I ended up in a really big high school, and I didn't know anybody. But then The Beatles came along (and) changed my whole life. And then Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home came out and really changed me. Thursday I was one person, and Friday I was another. My heroes were Dylan, John Lennon and Picasso, because they each moved their particular medium forward, and when they got to the point where they were comfortable, they always moved on." In 1963, Hughes' family moved to Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. There, his father found work selling roofing materials. Hughes attended Grove Middle School, later going on to Glenbrook North High School, which gave him inspiration for the films that eventually made his reputation. He met Nancy Ludwig, a cheerleader and his future wife, in high school. As a teenager, Hughes found movies as an escape. According to childhood friend Jackson Peterson, "His mom and dad criticized him a lot (...) She [Marion] would be critical of what John would want to do". Hughes was an avid fan of the Beatles, and according to several friends, he knew a lot about movies and the Rat Pack.

Filmography

All 50

Movies 48

Writter 35

Director 8

Self 3

TV shows 2

Producer 2

Writer
Home Sweet Home Alone (2021)

Home Sweet Home Alone (2021)

Movie
Himself (archive footage)
The Movies That Made Us (2019)

The Movies That Made Us (2019)

TV show
Writer
Vacation (2015)

Vacation (2015)

Movie
5.29
Himself / Writer (archive footage)
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015)

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015)

Movie
Writer
Beethoven's Treasure Tail (2014)

Beethoven's Treasure Tail (2014)

Movie
5.26
Writer
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (2012)

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (2012)

Movie
5.22
Writer
Hotel Hell Vacation (2010)

Hotel Hell Vacation (2010)

Movie
4.79
Writer
Drillbit Taylor (2008)

Drillbit Taylor (2008)

Movie
3.5
Self
Who Is Ferris Bueller? (2006)

Who Is Ferris Bueller? (2006)

Movie
Writer
Beethoven's 5th (2003)

Beethoven's 5th (2003)

Movie
4.45
Writer
Maid in Manhattan (2002)

Maid in Manhattan (2002)

Movie
7.33
Writer
Home Alone 4 (2002)

Home Alone 4 (2002)

Movie
5.76
Writer
Beethoven's 4th (2001)

Beethoven's 4th (2001)

Movie
5.5
Executive Producer
New Port South (2001)

New Port South (2001)

Movie
Writer
Just Visiting (2001)

Just Visiting (2001)

Movie
2.67
Writer
Beethoven's 3rd (2000)

Beethoven's 3rd (2000)

Movie
4.58
Characters
American Adventure (2000)

American Adventure (2000)

Movie
Writer
Reach the Rock (1998)

Reach the Rock (1998)

Movie
Writer
Home Alone 3 (1997)

Home Alone 3 (1997)

Movie
5.64
Writer
Flubber (1997)

Flubber (1997)

Movie
6.01
Writer
101 Dalmatians (1996)

101 Dalmatians (1996)

Movie
7
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)

E! True Hollywood Story (1996)

TV show
Writer
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Movie
5.8
Writer
Baby's Day Out (1994)

Baby's Day Out (1994)

Movie
6.71
Writer
Beethoven's 2nd (1993)

Beethoven's 2nd (1993)

Movie
5.66
Writer
Dennis the Menace (1993)

Dennis the Menace (1993)

Movie
5
Writer
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Movie
6.83
Writer
Beethoven (1992)

Beethoven (1992)

Movie
5.64
Director
Curly Sue (1991)

Curly Sue (1991)

Movie
6
Writer
Dutch (1991)

Dutch (1991)

Movie
6
Producer
Only the Lonely (1991)

Only the Lonely (1991)

Movie
6
Writer
Career Opportunities (1991)

Career Opportunities (1991)

Movie
Writer
Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone (1990)

Movie
6.49
Writer
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

Movie
5.47
Director
Uncle Buck (1989)

Uncle Buck (1989)

Movie
5.73
Writer
The Great Outdoors (1988)

The Great Outdoors (1988)

Movie
6
Director
She's Having a Baby (1988)

She's Having a Baby (1988)

Movie
Director
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Movie
5.94
Writer
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

Movie
3.5
Director
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Movie
7.37
Writer
Pretty in Pink (1986)

Pretty in Pink (1986)

Movie
6.57
Director
Weird Science (1985)

Weird Science (1985)

Movie
8.2
Writer
National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)

National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)

Movie
5.74
Director
The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Movie
7.21
Director
Sixteen Candles (1984)

Sixteen Candles (1984)

Movie
6.33
Writer
Nate and Hayes (1983)

Nate and Hayes (1983)

Movie
Writer
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

Movie
5.65
Writer
Mr. Mom (1983)

Mr. Mom (1983)

Movie
7.33
Writer
Class Reunion (1982)

Class Reunion (1982)

Movie
2
Writer
The Secret of Nikola Tesla (1980)

The Secret of Nikola Tesla (1980)

Movie
John Hughes
John Hughes
John Hughes

Information

Birthday
1950-02-18

Deathday
2009-08-06 (59 years old)

Known for
Writing

Also known as
Edmond Dantès, Edmond Dantes, John Wilden Hughes Jr., जाॅन ह्यूजेस

Gender
Male

Place of birth
Lansing, United States of America

Residences
Lake Forest, United States of America

Citizenships
United States of America

John Candy
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4 Movies
2 TV shows
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Raja Gosnell worked together with John Hughes in:
5 Movies
1 TV shows
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6 Movies
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6 Movies
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5 Movies
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5 Movies
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Tom Jacobson worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
1 TV shows
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Ricardo Mestres worked together with John Hughes in:
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5 Movies
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Edie McClurg worked together with John Hughes in:
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Devin Ratray worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
1 TV shows
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Anthony Michael Hall worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
1 TV shows
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Dan M. Rich worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
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James Giovannetti Jr. worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
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Greg Agalsoff worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
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Kelly Oxford worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
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April Ferry worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
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Richard Dwan Jr. worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
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Suzanne Smith worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
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Kerry Barden worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
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Matty Simmons worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
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Michael A. Stevenson worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
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Ricardo Mestres worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
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Jane Vickerilla worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
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Freddie Hice worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
Miriam Flynn
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Miriam Flynn worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
Ben Stein
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Ben Stein worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
Ally Sheedy
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Ally Sheedy worked together with John Hughes in:
4 Movies
Chris Columbus
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Chris Columbus worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Danial Miller
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Danial Miller worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Jeffrey A. Williams
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Jeffrey A. Williams worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Jan Evans
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Jan Evans worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Doug Kraner
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Doug Kraner worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Rick Hart
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Rick Hart worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Jack M. Marino
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Jack M. Marino worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Chris Hogan
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Chris Hogan worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Daniel B. Clancy
John Hughes
Daniel B. Clancy worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Chris Carpenter
John Hughes
Chris Carpenter worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Michael D. Wilhoit
John Hughes
Michael D. Wilhoit worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Dan Hegeman
John Hughes
Dan Hegeman worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Linda Rizzuto
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Linda Rizzuto worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Kevin E. Carpenter
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Kevin E. Carpenter worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Victor J. Kemper
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Victor J. Kemper worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Pamela Alch
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Pamela Alch worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
James Moriana
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James Moriana worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Paul Allen
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Paul Allen worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Jackie Burch
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Jackie Burch worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
John Muto
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John Muto worked together with John Hughes in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Scott Martin Gershin
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Scott Martin Gershin worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
William Ryan
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William Ryan worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Michael Chinich
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Michael Chinich worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Arne Schmidt
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Arne Schmidt worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
William D. Gordean
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William D. Gordean worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Peck Prior
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Peck Prior worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Paul Hirsch
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Paul Hirsch worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Dru Anne Carlson
John Hughes
Dru Anne Carlson worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
William D'Ambra
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William D'Ambra worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Thomas E. Ackerman
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Thomas E. Ackerman worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Mark Radcliffe
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Mark Radcliffe worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Rick Le Fevour
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Rick Le Fevour worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Howard Deutch
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Howard Deutch worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Cindy Pickett
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Cindy Pickett worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Molly Ringwald
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Molly Ringwald worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Kristy Swanson
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Kristy Swanson worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
John Kapelos
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John Kapelos worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Jim Belushi
John Hughes
Jim Belushi worked together with John Hughes in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
John Ashton
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John Ashton worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Bill Erwin
John Hughes
Bill Erwin worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Billie Bird
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Billie Bird worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Daiana Campeanu
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Daiana Campeanu worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Ralph Foody
John Hughes
Ralph Foody worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Kieran Culkin
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Kieran Culkin worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Daniel Stern
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Daniel Stern worked together with John Hughes in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Eddie Bracken
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Eddie Bracken worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Larry Hankin
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Larry Hankin worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Lyman Ward
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Lyman Ward worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Christina Applegate
John Hughes
Christina Applegate worked together with John Hughes in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Joe Pesci
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Joe Pesci worked together with John Hughes in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
George Plimpton
John Hughes
George Plimpton worked together with John Hughes in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Brian Doyle-Murray
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Brian Doyle-Murray worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Ivan Reitman
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Ivan Reitman worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Bill Murray
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Bill Murray worked together with John Hughes in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
John Heard
John Hughes
John Heard worked together with John Hughes in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Kevin Bacon
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Kevin Bacon worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
Dan Aykroyd
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Dan Aykroyd worked together with John Hughes in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Matthew Broderick
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Matthew Broderick worked together with John Hughes in:
3 Movies
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Lea Thompson worked together with John Hughes in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
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