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'80s teen flick director John Hughes dies in NYC


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November 14, 2004
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NEW YORK – Writer-director John Hughes, Hollywood's youth impresario of the 1980s and '90s who captured and cornered the teen and preteen market with such favorites as "Home Alone," "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," died Thursday, a spokeswoman said. He was 59.

Hughes died of a heart attack during a morning walk in Manhattan, Michelle Bega said. He was in New York to visit family.

A native of Lansing, Mich., who later moved to suburban Chicago and set much of his work there, Hughes rose from ad writer to comedy writer to silver screen champ with his affectionate and idealized portraits of teens, whether the romantic and sexual insecurity of "Sixteen Candles," or the J.D. Salinger-esque rebellion against conformity in "The Breakfast Club."

Hughes' ensemble comedies helped make stars out of Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy and many other young performers. He also scripted the phenomenally popular "Home Alone," which made little-known Macaulay Culkin a sensation as the 8-year-old accidentally abandoned by his vacationing family, and wrote or directed such hits as "National Lampoon's Vacation," "Pretty in Pink," "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" and "Uncle Buck."

Other actors who got early breaks from Hughes included John Cusack ("Sixteen Candles"), Judd Nelson ("The Breakfast Club"), Steve Carell ("Curly Sue") and Lili Taylor ("She's Having a Baby").

As Hughes advanced into middle age, his commercial touch faded and, in Salinger style, he increasingly withdrew from public life. His last directing credit was in 1991, for "Curly Sue," and he wrote just a handful of scripts over the past decade. He was rarely interviewed or photographed.


Associated Press writer Amy Westfeldt contributed to this report.


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I loved John Hughes work. Breakfast Club, Ferris Buellers Day Off and Planes, Trains and Automobiles are timeless classics which I still watch over and over. Hughes grew up in the same town I did, Northbrook, Il. He based many of his films in "Shermer" Illinois which is what Northbrook was named until sometime in the early 1900s.

The school in Ferris Buellers Day Off was my old high school. The water tower that said "Save Ferris" was in our town. The high school used in Breakfast Club was right next to an apartment complex Char used to live at. At the end of the movie you could see her apartment in the closing shots.

Like many greats he died to young. I always looked forward to more films from him.


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Wow. That sucks- PTA was probably top 3 all time favorite comedy movies for me. Heck- it even made it into my "wrecked SHO" video. :(