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John Hughes

John Hughes (1950) is a noted film director and writer, responsible for some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and 1990s.

Whilst he is probably best known for his genre-defining 1980s teenage comedies such as The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science and Pretty in Pink, he was also responsible for producing and writing Vacation, a Chevy Chase comedy, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York and Home Alone 3 virtually a live-action cartoon strip featuring a young boy mistakenly left at home using all manner of tricks to painfully foil two inept thieves. In the process, he made Macaulay Culkin one of the richest children on the planet.

Hughes's teen flicks are generally viewed notably above the quantities of dross produced in the genre by treating teenagers as complex, three-dimensional beings, and prodded the social hierarchies of the high school.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

John Hughes Facts

OccupationDirector, Writer, Producer
BirthdayFebruary 18, 1950
BirthplaceLansing, Michigan, USA
Date of deathAugust 6, 2009 (Manhattan, New York, USA, age 59)

Selected Filmography

Uncle Buck
The Breakfast Club
Sixteen Candles
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Curly Sue
Weird Science
The Great Outdoors / Uncle Buck Double Feature
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