Filmmaker John Hughes dead at 59

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John Hughes dead at 59Filmmaker John Hughes, best known for his teen comedies in the 1980s, passed away today at the age of 59.

Hughes died of a heart attack during a morning walk in Manhattan, [spokeswoman] 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 HallAlly 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.”

Hugh’s films (and their soundtracks) are still loved and adored over 20 years later, particularly among the “sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, waistoids, dweebies and dickheads.”  🙂 John, you were definitely a “righteous dude.”  RIP.

Below, a tribute film made in 1991 at the height of Hughes’s career when he was named Producer of the Year by the National Association of Movie Theater Owners.

Post by ILO on 08/06/09 at 4:59 pm