John Wilden Hughes, Jr was born on this day, February 18, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan. Although you may not familiar with his name (as it appears) if you grew up in the 1980s and ‘90s you are no doubt familiar with his films. An American film director, producer, and screenwriter, Hughes directed and scripted some of the most successful comedy films of that era.
Hughes’ films included the comedy National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), the coming-of-age comedy Sixteen Candles (1984), the teen sci-fi comedy Weird Science (1985), the coming-of-age comedy-drama The Breakfast Club (1985), the coming-of-age comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), the romantic comedy-drama Pretty in Pink (1986), the romance Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), the comedies Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) and Uncle Buck (1989), the Christmas family comedy Home Alone (1990) and its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).
Known for his work on teen movies, Hughes helped launch the careers of numerous actors, including Michael Keaton, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Bill Paxton, Matthew Broderick, Macaulay Culkin, and the Brat Pack group
Now you may recognize the name. But did you know he was born in Lansing and spent the first twelve years of his life growing up as a “kind of quiet” kid in Grosse Point. He did. John Hughes was born on this day, February 18, 1950 in M(ichigan) M(ovie)H(istory).
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