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John Hughes

Biography

Writer and movie director of a few of the most successful movies from the 1980s and 1990s, including Ferris Bueller’s Day time Off, Pretty in Red, The Breakfast Golf club, National Lampoon’s Holiday, 16 Candles, and House Alone. He visited Glenbrook North SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, which would serve as motivation for his potential movies. His first work in the film business was offering jokes to prominent comedians. He aimed John Chocolate in the 1980s comedies Planes, Trains and Cars and Uncle Buck. He wedded Nancy Ludwig in 1970 plus they experienced two sons, article writer and producer Wayne Hughes and musician John Hughes. His acclaimed movies included breakthrough functions for aspiring fresh actors such as for example Judd Nelson, who starred in The Breakfast time Club.

Quick Facts


Full Name John Hughes
Date Of Birth February 18, 1950
Died August 6, 2009, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Lansing, MI
Profession Director
Education Mount St. Mary's University
Nationality American
Spouse Nancy Ludwig
Children John Hughes, James Hughes
Parents John Hughes Sr.
Awards Australian Film Institute Open Craft Award in Non-Feature Film
Music Groups Minor Detail
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Movies The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Weird Science, Home Alone, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Some Kind of Wonderful, National Lampoon's Vacation, Uncle Buck, Curly Sue, She's Having a Baby, Mr. Mom, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Dennis the Menace, Beethoven, The Great Outdoors, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Baby's Day Out, Home Alone 3, National Lampoon's Class Reunion, Flubber, National Lampoon's European Vacation, 101 Dalmatians, Miracle on 34th Street, Career Opportunities, Drillbit Taylor, Maid in Manhattan, Reach the Rock, Nate and Hayes, Just Visiting, Only the Lonely, Dutch, New Port South, Home Alone 4, Vacation, Beethoven's 2nd, Beethoven's 3rd, Vegas Vacation, What I Have Written, Beethoven's 4th, Beethoven's 5th
TV Shows The Cleopatras
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1 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.
2 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.
3 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.
4 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.
5 Rarely gave interviews. By the 1990's, shunned publicity completely, withdrawing from public life.
6 Attended Arizona State University.
7 The premiere episode of Community (2009) ("Pilot") is dedicated to his memory.
8 Owned farm land in Harvard, Illinois. (2008).
9 Father of writer/producer James Hughes and musician John Hughes.
10 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.
11 Lived, for some time, in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.
12 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)).
13 Inspired the "Brat Pack" movement of the 1980s.
14 Wrote roles for John Candy, Anthony Michael Hall, and Molly Ringwald.
15 Used the pen name Edmond Dantès, a homage to the lead character in The Count of Monte Cristo (1934).
16 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).
17 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.
18 A number of his movies have a small scene after the credits.
19 Started out in the 1970s as a writer for National Lampoon magazine.
20 Graduated Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, Illinois, USA. [1968]


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vacation 2015/I characters
Drillbit Taylor 2008 story - as Edmond Dantes
Beethoven's 5th 2003 Video characters - as Edmond Dantes
Maid in Manhattan 2002 story - as Edmond Dantès
Home Alone 4 2002 TV Movie characters
Beethoven's 4th 2001 Video characters - as Edmond Dantès
Just Visiting 2001 screenplay
Beethoven's 3rd 2000 Video characters - as Edmond Dantès
American Adventure 2000 TV Movie characters
Reach the Rock 1998 written by
Home Alone 3 1997 written by
Flubber 1997 screenplay
101 Dalmatians 1996 screenplay
Miracle on 34th Street 1994 screenplay
Baby's Day Out 1994 written by
Beethoven's 2nd 1993 characters - as Edmond Dantès
Dennis the Menace 1993 written by
Home Alone 1992 Video Game characters
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 Video Game characters
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 characters / written by
Beethoven 1992 written by - as Edmond Dantès
Home Alone 1991/I Video Game characters
Curly Sue 1991 written by
Dutch 1991 written by
Career Opportunities 1991 written by
Uncle Buck 1990-1991 TV Series characters - 18 episodes
Home Alone 1990 written by
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 written by
Uncle Buck 1989 written by
The Great Outdoors 1988 written by
She's Having a Baby 1988 written by
Planes, Trains & Automobiles 1987 written by
Some Kind of Wonderful 1987 written by
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 written by
Pretty in Pink 1986 written by
Weird Science 1985 written by
National Lampoon's European Vacation 1985 screenplay / story
The Breakfast Club 1985 written by
Mr. Mom 1984 TV Movie characters
Sixteen Candles 1984 written by
Nate and Hayes 1983 written by
Mr. Mom 1983 written by
National Lampoon's Vacation 1983 screenplay / short story "Vacation '58"
At Ease TV Series 1 episode, 1983 creator - 1 episode, 1983
Class Reunion 1982 written by
Tajna Nikole Tesle 1980 co-writer
Delta House 1979 TV Series written by - 5 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
New Port South 2001 executive producer
Reach the Rock 1998 producer
Home Alone 3 1997 producer
Flubber 1997 producer
101 Dalmatians 1996 producer
Miracle on 34th Street 1994 producer
Baby's Day Out 1994 producer
Dennis the Menace 1993 producer
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 producer
Curly Sue 1991 producer
Dutch 1991 producer
Only the Lonely 1991 producer
Career Opportunities 1991 producer
Home Alone 1990 producer
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 producer
Uncle Buck 1989 producer
The Great Outdoors 1988 executive producer
She's Having a Baby 1988 producer
Planes, Trains & Automobiles 1987 producer
Some Kind of Wonderful 1987 producer
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 producer
Pretty in Pink 1986 executive producer
The Breakfast Club 1985 producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Curly Sue 1991
Uncle Buck 1989
She's Having a Baby 1988
Planes, Trains & Automobiles 1987
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986
Weird Science 1985
The Breakfast Club 1985
Sixteen Candles 1984

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 Guy Running Between Cabs (uncredited)
The Breakfast Club 1985 Brian's Father (uncredited)
Class Reunion 1982 'Girl' with Paper Bag on Head (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Planes, Trains & Automobiles 1987 writer: "I Can Take Anything" 1987
National Lampoon's Vacation 1983 lyrics: "Walley World National Anthem"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
At Ease 1983 TV Series creative consultant - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Flashback Museum 2017 Video short thanks
The Goldbergs 2015 TV Series dedicated to - 1 episode
The Truth About You 2014 very special thanks
Out of Print 2014/I Documentary the director would like to thank
Faraday 2013 thanks
First Period 2013 special thanks
A Place to Call His Own 2013 Documentary inspiration
ParaNorman 2012 dedicatee
Jobriath A.D. 2012 Documentary special thanks
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2012 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Hughes the Force 2011 Short thanks: thank you for inspiring generations of people
Don't You Forget About Me 2010 Short in memory of
Darren & Abbey 2010 in memory of
One Tree Hill 2010 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Skateland 2010 in memory of
Jelly 2010 in memory of
Spud 2009 Short in memory of
Don't You Forget About Me 2009 Video documentary in memory of
Big Tingz 2009 Short in memory of
Community 2009 TV Series in memoriam - 1 episode
Laia Laiona 2007 Short in tribute to
Madison Class of '64 2006 Short a tribute to the genius of
Mallrats 1995 thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
E! True Hollywood Story 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Biography 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Hal Roach: Hollywood's King of Laughter 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Menace Named Dennis 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Insider 2017 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2016 TV Series Himself
DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story of the National Lampoon 2015 Documentary Himself / Writer
The Greatest 80s Movies 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself (1986)
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Special Memorial Tribute
Teen spirit: Les ados à Hollywood 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Producer of the Year

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1993 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Resurrection of a TV Show Dennis the Menace (1993) · Richard Vane


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#Quote
1 I don't think of kids as a lower form of the human species.
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.

#Trademark
1 Often worked with John Candy
2 Often has a character use the pejorative term "four-flusher", a term originating in poker which means one who bluffs or boasts.
3 Portrayal of Yuppie life
4 Often cast members of the "Brat Pack"
5 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)).
6 Characters who are either stuck in one place or traveling somewhere
7 Often has one character silently mimicking another character as the line is spoken, as if it's been said before.
8 His movies usually end with a freeze-frame
9 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.
10 Close-ups of two characters locking eyes with each other
11 References to art - characters discussing art or posed to resemble works of art
12 Most of his teen movies from the 1980s have a scene in the school lunchroom, school library, or both.
13 Sets films in Chicago area
14 Movies often take place in Shermer, Illinois

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