John Hughes (director)

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John Wilden Hughes, Jr.[1] (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American film director, producer and writer. He scripted some of the most successful films of the 1980s and 1990s, including National Lampoon's Vacation, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Uncle Buck, Career Opportunities, 101 Dalmatians, Home Alone, and its sequels, Home Alone 2 and Home Alone 3.


Early life

Hughes was born in Lansing, Michigan, to a mother who volunteered in charity work and John Hughes, Sr., who worked in sales.[2] He spent the first 12 years of his life in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.[3] Hughes described himself as a kid as "kind of quiet."[4]

In 1962, Hughes's family moved to Northbrook, Illinois, where Hughes’s father found work selling roofing materials.[3] It was at Glenbrook North High School where he met his future wife Nancy Ludwig, with whom he would have two sons, John Hughes III born in 1976, and James Hughes, born in 1979.

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