Variety reports that iconic ’80s film director John Hughes is dead at age 59. He suffered a heart attack while taking a walk in Manhattan this morning. He was the director of The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes Tranes & Automobiles, She’s Having a Baby, and Curly Sue. His writing credits include Mr. Mom, Vacation, European Vacation, Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Great Outdoors, Home Alone, all of the films above, and plenty more. He is responsible for some of the most memorable characters of film: Ferris Bueller. Cameron Frye. Duckie. Long Duk Dong. Farmer Ted. Jake Ryan. John Bender. Buck Russell. Clark Griswold. Rusty Griswold. He also shaped what we thought high school would be like.
Trailers for a few of his most iconic films:
The Breakfast Club
Pretty in Pink
National Lampoon’s Vacation
* An underloved personal favorite. John Hughes obviously appreciated the late John Candy as much as we do.