John Hughes

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
A prolific writer, director and producer in the 1980s and early 1990s, John Hughes was the guiding force behind some of the most popular teen-oriented comedies of the period, including "National Lampoon's Vacation" ... Read more »
Born: 02/17/1950 in Lansing, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Writer (38)

Drillbit Taylor 2008 (Movie)

(Story By)

Maid in Manhattan 2002 (Movie)

(Story By)

Just Visiting 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

New Port South 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Reach the Rock 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Flubber 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Home Alone 3 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

101 Dalmatians 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Baby's Day Out 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Miracle on 34th Street 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dennis the Menace 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Uncle Buck 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Story By

Beethoven 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Career Opportunities 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Curly Sue 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dutch 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ferris Bueller 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

Story By

Home Alone 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Uncle Buck 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

She's Having A Baby 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Great Outdoors 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Some Kind of Wonderful 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pretty in Pink 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

National Lampoon's European Vacation 1985 (Movie)

(Story By)

National Lampoon's European Vacation 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Breakfast Club 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Weird Science 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sixteen Candles 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Mom 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nate and Hayes 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

National Lampoon's Vacation 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

National Lampoon's Class Reunion 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Delta House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Writer
Art Department (28)

Air Force (Movie)

(Art Director)

Babbitt (Movie)

(Art Director)

Castle on the Hudson (Movie)

(Art Director)

Ceiling Zero (Movie)

(Art Director)

Cinderella Jones (Movie)

(Art Director)

Daughters Courageous (Movie)

(Art Director)

Drag (Movie)

(Art Director)

Four Wives (Movie)

(Art Director)

Frisco Kid (Movie)

(Art Director)

Front Page Woman (Movie)

(Art Director)

G-Men (Movie)

(Art Director)

Happiness Ahead (Movie)

(Art Director)

Harold Teen (Movie)

(Art Director)

Hotel Berlin (Movie)

(Art Director)

Look for the Silver Lining (Movie)

(Art Director)

Massacre (Movie)

(Art Director)

Maybe It's Love (Movie)

(Art Director)

Old Acquaintance (Movie)

(Art Director)

One Last Fling (Movie)

(Art Director)

Rafter Romance (Movie)

(Art Director)

Revelation (Movie)

(Art Director)

Rhapsody in Blue (Movie)

(Art Director)

Smarty (Movie)

(Art Director)

The Dawn Patrol (Movie)

(Art Director)

The Girl in the Glass Cage (Movie)

(Art Director)

The Man with Two Faces (Movie)

(Art Director)

The White Cockatoo (Movie)

(Art Director)

Weary River (Movie)

(Art Director)
Producer (24)

New Port South 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

New Port South 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Reach the Rock 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Flubber 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Home Alone 3 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

101 Dalmatians 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Baby's Day Out 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Miracle on 34th Street 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dennis the Menace 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Career Opportunities 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Curly Sue 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dutch 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Only the Lonely 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Home Alone 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Uncle Buck 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

She's Having A Baby 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Great Outdoors 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Some Kind of Wonderful 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pretty in Pink 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Breakfast Club 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (8)

Curly Sue 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Uncle Buck 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

She's Having A Baby 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Breakfast Club 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Weird Science 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Sixteen Candles 1984 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (3)

New Port South 2001 (Movie)

("Ika Freaka") (Song)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 (Movie)

("I Can Take Anything") (Song)

National Lampoon's Vacation 1983 (Movie)

("Walley World National Anthem") (Song)
Actor (3)

Hal Roach: Hollywood's King of Laughter 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Hue and Cry (Movie)

(Actor)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Beethoven's 2nd 1993 (Movie)

Character Creator (Special Effects)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

The Lost Boys 1987 (Movie)

still(Molly Ringwald "The Breakfast Club" 1984) (Photography)
Executive (1)

Dennis the Menace 1993 (Movie)

creative supervisor (Supervisor)
Other (1)

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Biography

A prolific writer, director and producer in the 1980s and early 1990s, John Hughes was the guiding force behind some of the most popular teen-oriented comedies of the period, including "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "Sixteen Candles" (1984), "The Breakfast Club" (1985) and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986). Though his stock in trade was broad, he had a particular gift for the speech and emotions of middle-class suburban youth, who were portrayed in his films with a complexity and respect rarely afforded them in major Hollywood features. Hughes' popularity appeared to fall off after the blockbuster holiday hit "Home Alone" (1990), though he remained active as a screenwriter, often under his pen name of Edmond Dantes. His films were frequently cited as a major influence on writers and directors who toiled in the teen movie field.

Relationships

John Hughes

Father

James Hughes

Son
Born c. 1979 mother Nancy first screenplay "New Port South" (2001) was produced by his father

John Hughes

Son
Born c. 1976 mother, Nancy

Nancy Ludwig

Wife
Married c. 1970 was Hughes' high-school sweetheart

EDUCATION

University of Arizona

Tucson , Arizona
Dropped out

Glenbrook North High School

Northbrook , Illinois 1968

Milestones

2008

Co-wrote final film, "Drillbit Taylor" (credited as Edmond Dantes)

2002

Wrote the Jennifer Lopez comedy "Maid in Manhattan" (credited as Edmond Dantes)

2001

Produced the first screenplay written by his son James Hughes, "New Port South"

1998

Wrote and produced the independent film, "Reach The Rock"

1997

Returned to write and produce, "Home Alone 3"

1996

Wrote the adaptation for the live-action remake of "101 Dalmatians"

1994

Adapted the original screenplay for the remake of "Miracle on 34th Street"

1993

Wrote the screenplay for "Dennis the Menace," a live-action film based on the Hank Ketcham comic strip of the same name

1992

Returned to write and produce, "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York"; final film with Macaulay Culkin

1991

Final collaboration with John Candy, "Only the Lonely"

1991

Directed final film, "Curly Sue"

1990

Wrote and produced his biggest commercial success, "Home Alone"; re-teamed with Macaulay Culkin

1989

Wrote, produced and directed "Uncle Buck"; fifth collaboration with John Candy and first with Macaulay Culkin

1989

Scripted "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"

1988

Directed, wrote and produced the comedy film, "She's Having a Baby"

1988

Re-teamed with John Candy for "The Great Outdoors"; wrote and produced the screenplay; directed by Howard Deutch

1987

Directed John Candy and Steve Martin in the comedy, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles"; also produced and scripted

1987

Wrote and produced the screenplay for "Some Kind of Wonderful"; re-teamed with Howard Deutch who directed

1986

Had another box-office success with "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"; wrote, directed and produced the film starring Matthew Broderick

1986

Once again collaborated with Molly Ringwald for "Pretty in Pink"; wrote and produced; directed by Howard Deutch

1985

Wrote and directed the teen comedy, "Weird Science"; re-teamed with Anthony Michael Hall

1985

Produced first film, "The Breakfast Club"; also wrote and directed; re-teamed with Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall

1984

Directed first feature, "Sixteen Candles"; also wrote the screenplay; first collaboration with Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall

1983

Penned the screenplay for "Mr. Mom"

1983

Scripted first hit film, "National Lampoon's Vacation"

1982

First screenplay credit, "National Lampoon's Class Reunion"

Founded his Chicago-based film company, Hughes Entertainment

Began writing full-time for the National Lampoon magazine

Worked as a ad copywriter in Chicago, which included campaigns for Johnson Floor Wax and the Edge shaving cream

Started out as a joke writer for comedians (sold some to Rodney Dangerfield)

Bonus Trivia

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Hughes stepped away from directing to live on a farm in northern Illinois with his family.

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"Hughes may be the first real auteur of television-style entertainment. He can write funny lines. He comes up with engagingly absurd situations. Yet there is something unnerving about the way he denatures real life." - film critic, Vincent Canby, to The New York Times magazine, Aug. 4, 1991

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