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Short Info

Date Of BirthFebruary 18, 1950
DiedAugust 6, 2009, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
SpouseNancy Ludwig
MarkMovies often take place in Shermer, Illinois
FactAttended Arizona State University.

John Hughes (born February 18, 1950) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his teen films of the 1980s, which include Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), and Pretty in Pink (1986). He also wrote and directed Weird Science (1985), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), She’s Having a Baby (1988), Uncle Buck (1989), and Curly Sue (1991). Hughes later moved to writing and producing films aimed at a more adult audience, such as Home Alone (1990), The Great Outdoors (1988), and Dennis the Menace (1993).

Hughes was born in Lansing, Michigan, on February 18, 1950, to Marion (née Crawford) and Howard Hughes. His father was a car salesman, and his mother was a stay-at-home mom. He has three sisters: Holly, Mary, and Nancy. Hughes was raised Catholic. He attended Catholic schools throughout his childhood, including parochial elementary and high schools.

After high school, Hughes attended the University of Arizona. He did not graduate, but he did meet his future wife, Nancy Ludwig, while attending school there. The couple married in 1976 and have two children: John Jr. and James.

Hughes began his career in the late 1970s as a writer for National Lampoon magazine. He wrote several successful screenplays in the early 1980s, including Mr. Mom (1983) and National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983). He made his directorial debut with Sixteen Candles in 1984. The film was a critical and commercial success, and established Hughes as a director of teen films.

He followed up with The Breakfast Club in 1985, another critical and commercial success. Hughes wrote and directed Weird Science in 1985, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in 1986, Planes, Trains and Automobiles in 1987, She’s Having a Baby in 1988, and Uncle Buck in 1989. His films tended to be light-hearted comedies with teenage protagonists.

In 1990, Hughes wrote and produced Home Alone, a film about a young boy who is accidentally left home alone when his family goes on vacation. The film was a huge success, grossing over $500 million at the box office.

In the early 1990s, Hughes began to focus on writing and producing films for a more adult audience. He wrote and produced The Great Outdoors in 1988, Dennis the Menace in 1993, and Baby’s Day Out in 1994. He also directed Curly Sue in 1991.

Hughes retired from filmmaking in the late 1990s. He has since made occasional cameos in films such as Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003) and Drillbit Taylor (2008).

Hughes has a net worth of $200 million. He has been married to Nancy Ludwig since 1976. They have two children: John Jr. and James.

General Info

Full NameJohn Hughes
Date Of BirthFebruary 18, 1950
DiedAugust 6, 2009, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Height1.93 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Film director, Actor
EducationMount St. Mary's University


SpouseNancy Ludwig
ChildrenJohn Hughes, James Hughes
ParentsJohn Hughes Sr.


AwardsAustralian Film Institute Open Craft Award in Non-Feature Film
Music GroupsMinor Detail
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
MoviesThe 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...
TV ShowsUna Maid en Manhattan, Ferris Bueller, At Ease, The Cleopatras, Tu volverás

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


1I don't think of kids as a lower form of the human species.
2I stumbled into this business, I didn't train for it. I yelled "Action!" on my first two movies before the camera was turned on.


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




Drillbit Taylor2008story - as Edmond Dantes
Beethoven's 5th2003Video characters - as Edmond Dantes
Maid in Manhattan2002story - as Edmond Dantès
Home Alone 42002TV Movie characters
Beethoven's 4th2001Video characters - as Edmond Dantès
Just Visiting2001screenplay
Beethoven's 3rd2000Video characters - as Edmond Dantès
American Adventure2000TV Movie characters
Reach the Rock1998written by
Home Alone 31997written by
101 Dalmatians1996screenplay
Miracle on 34th Street1994screenplay
Baby's Day Out1994written by
Beethoven's 2nd1993characters - as Edmond Dantès
Dennis the Menace1993written by
Home Alone1992Video Game characters
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York1992Video Game characters
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York1992characters / written by
Beethoven1992written by - as Edmond Dantès
Home Alone1991/IVideo Game characters
Curly Sue1991written by
Dutch1991written by
Career Opportunities1991written by
Uncle Buck1990-1991TV Series characters - 18 episodes
Home Alone1990written by
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation1989written by
Uncle Buck1989written by
The Great Outdoors1988written by
She's Having a Baby1988written by
Planes, Trains & Automobiles1987written by
Some Kind of Wonderful1987written by
Ferris Bueller's Day Off1986written by
Pretty in Pink1986written by
Weird Science1985written by
National Lampoon's European Vacation1985screenplay / story
The Breakfast Club1985written by
Mr. Mom1984TV Movie characters
Sixteen Candles1984written by
Nate and Hayes1983written by
Mr. Mom1983written by
National Lampoon's Vacation1983screenplay / short story "Vacation '58"
At EaseTV Series 1 episode, 1983 creator - 1 episode, 1983
Class Reunion1982written by
Tajna Nikole Tesle1980co-writer
Delta House1979TV Series written by - 5 episodes


New Port South2001executive producer
Reach the Rock1998producer
Home Alone 31997producer
101 Dalmatians1996producer
Miracle on 34th Street1994producer
Baby's Day Out1994producer
Dennis the Menace1993producer
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York1992producer
Curly Sue1991producer
Only the Lonely1991producer
Career Opportunities1991producer
Home Alone1990producer
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation1989producer
Uncle Buck1989producer
The Great Outdoors1988executive producer
She's Having a Baby1988producer
Planes, Trains & Automobiles1987producer
Some Kind of Wonderful1987producer
Ferris Bueller's Day Off1986producer
Pretty in Pink1986executive producer
The Breakfast Club1985producer


Curly Sue1991
Uncle Buck1989
She's Having a Baby1988
Planes, Trains & Automobiles1987
Ferris Bueller's Day Off1986
Weird Science1985
The Breakfast Club1985
Sixteen Candles1984


Ferris Bueller's Day Off1986Guy Running Between Cabs (uncredited)
The Breakfast Club1985Brian's Father (uncredited)
Class Reunion1982'Girl' with Paper Bag on Head (uncredited)


Planes, Trains & Automobiles1987writer: "I Can Take Anything" 1987
National Lampoon's Vacation1983lyrics: "Walley World National Anthem"


At Ease1983TV Series creative consultant - 1 episode


Flashback Museum2017Video short thanks
The Goldbergs2015TV Series dedicated to - 1 episode
The Truth About You2014very special thanks
Out of Print2014/IDocumentary the director would like to thank
First Period2013special thanks
A Place to Call His Own2013Documentary inspiration
Jobriath A.D.2012Documentary special thanks
Edición Especial Coleccionista2012TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Hughes the Force2011Short thanks: thank you for inspiring generations of people
Don't You Forget About Me2010Short in memory of
Darren & Abbey2010in memory of
One Tree Hill2010TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Skateland2010in memory of
Jelly2010in memory of
Spud2009Short in memory of
Don't You Forget About Me2009Video documentary in memory of
Big Tingz2009Short in memory of
Community2009TV Series in memoriam - 1 episode
Laia Laiona2007Short in tribute to
Madison Class of '642006Short a tribute to the genius of


E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Hal Roach: Hollywood's King of Laughter1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Menace Named Dennis1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York1992TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

The Insider2017TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHimself
DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story of the National Lampoon2015DocumentaryHimself / Writer
The Greatest 80s Movies2014TV Movie documentaryHimself (1986)
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Special Memorial Tribute
Teen spirit: Les ados à Hollywood2009TV Movie documentaryHimself


Won Awards

1991ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USAProducer of the Year

Nominated Awards

1993Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Resurrection of a TV ShowDennis the Menace (1993)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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