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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 18 February 1950Lansing, Michigan, USA
Date of Death 6 August 2009Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameJohn Wilden Hughes Jr.

Mini Bio (1)

John Hughes was born on February 18, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan, USA as John Wilden Hughes Jr. He was a writer and producer, known for Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), The Breakfast Club (1985) and Home Alone (1990). He was married to Nancy Ludwig. He died on August 6, 2009 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

Spouse (1)

Nancy Ludwig (1970 - 6 August 2009) (his death) (2 children)

Trade Mark (14)

Movies often take place in Shermer, Illinois
Sets films in Chicago area
Most of his teen movies from the 1980s have a scene in the school lunchroom, school library, or both.
References to art - characters discussing art or posed to resemble works of art
Close-ups of two characters locking eyes with each other
Many of his 1980s Teen films have the same name as song titles: Sixteen Candles (1984) (Stray Cats), Pretty in Pink (1986) (The Psychedelic Furs), She's Having a Baby (1988) (Dave Wakeling) which are also heard in the film.
His movies usually end with a freeze-frame
Often has one character silently mimicking another character as the line is spoken, as if it's been said before.
Characters who are either stuck in one place or traveling somewhere
Often has a scene-stealing and usually dotty supporting character which serves little use for the actual plot (for example: Long Duk Dong in Sixteen Candles (1984) and Chet in Weird Science (1985)).
Often cast members of the "Brat Pack"
Portrayal of Yuppie life
Often has a character use the pejorative term "four-flusher", a term originating in poker which means one who bluffs or boasts.
Often worked with John Candy

Trivia (20)

Graduated Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, Illinois, USA. [1968]
Started out in the 1970s as a writer for National Lampoon magazine.
A number of his movies have a small scene after the credits.
One reason that John Hughes films are set in Shermer, Illinois, is because Northbrook was once called Shermerville. Furthermore, Glenbrook North High School is located on Shermer Road.
Was a fan of The Beatles and frequently had characters in his movies sing Beatles songs: Anthony Michael Hall (the Geek) sings "Hey Jude" in Sixteen Candles (1984), Jon Cryer (Duckie) sings "Love" in Pretty in Pink (1986), and Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller) sings "Twist & Shout" in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).
Used the pen name Edmond Dantès, a homage to the lead character in The Count of Monte Cristo (1934).
Inspired the "Brat Pack" movement of the 1980s.
He wrote two movies where the main character is involved in a race with the theme from Chariots of Fire (1981) going on in the background (Mr. Mom (1983) and National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)).
Lived, for some time, in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.
Although he was offered the distinguished alumni award from Glenbrook North High School, he refused it in reflection of his not so great memories of the north shore and the school itself.
Father of writer/producer James Hughes and musician John Hughes.
Owned farm land in Harvard, Illinois. (2008).
The premiere episode of Community (2009) ("Pilot") is dedicated to his memory.
Attended Arizona State University.
Rarely gave interviews. By the 1990's, shunned publicity completely, withdrawing from public life.
When casting the role of Kevin McCallister in Home Alone (1990), Chris Columbus had already seen Macaulay Culkin in Uncle Buck (1989) but he wanted to audition some other kids while Hughes had his heart set on Culkin. So Columbus met Culkin in New York and was very charmed by him and thought he was fantastic. Columbus auditioned five other kids and none of them shaped up to Culkin. Columbus went with Culkin because he was not as picture perfect and he had an instant relatability to the kids in the audience. Columbus knew the cameras would love him and he was immensely funny.
Chris Columbus was sent two scripts by Hughes while he was staying with his wife's parents in Chicago after the birth of their first child; one was for Home Alone (1990). Columbus fell in love with it, it really struck a chord with him and he felt he could make a really strong film out of it. He and Hughes hit it off instantly so Hughes gave him the job to direct.
Two of Hughes' films have been selected for preservation by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" was chosen in 2014, and "The Breakfast Club" in 2016.
Hughes died of a sudden heart attack while taking a morning stroll down West 55th Street in Manhattan. At the time he was visiting family in New York City.

Personal Quotes (2)

I stumbled into this business, I didn't train for it. I yelled "Action!" on my first two movies before the camera was turned on.
I don't think of kids as a lower form of the human species.

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