John Hughes: 1950 – 2009
Writer/Director/Producer John Hughes suffered a heart attack and died while on a morning walk in Manhattan, where he was visiting friends, earlier today. He was 59. His list of credits includes 80s teen classics such as The Breakfast Club, Weird Science and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Hughes was born in Lansing, Michigan, but grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, a location that would later serve as inspiration for movies like The Breakfast Club.
He started out as a copywriter for an ad agency in Chicago before joining the staff of The National Lampoon Magazine, during which time he also wrote his first screenplay. Hughes’ first directorial effort was Sixteen Candles in 1984. He would go on to lead the brat pack through what some consider the golden age of teen comedies. In the 1990s, he stayed busy as a producer, most notably with the surprise blockbuster Home Alone.
In the last ten years, however, Hughes had all but retired from Hollywood, retreating to his farm in northern Illinois.