John Hughes
NEW YORK (AP) - Writer-director John Hughes, Hollywood's youth impresario of the 1980s and '90s who captured the teen and preteen market with such favorites as "The Breakfast Club," ''Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Home Alone, died Thursday, a spokeswoman said. He was 59.

Hughes died of a heart attack during a morning walk in Manhattan, 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 comedy writer to ad 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 Hall, Ally 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."

"I was a fan of both his work and a fan of him as a person," Culkin said. "The world has lost not only a quintessential filmmaker whose influence will be felt for generations, but a great and decent man."

Other actors who got early breaks from Hughes included John Cusack ("Sixteen Candles"), Judd Nelson ("The Breakfast Club"), Steve Carell ("Curly Sue") and Lili Taylor ("She's Having a Baby").

Actor and director Bill Paxton credited Hughes for launching his career by casting him as bullying older brother Chet in the 1985 film "Weird Science."

"He took a tremendous chance on me," Paxton said. "Like Orson Welles, he was a boy wonder, a director's director, a writer's writer, a filmmaker's filmmaker. He was one of the giants."

Hughes films, especially "Home Alone," were among the most popular of their time and the director was openly involved in marketing them. But, with his ever-handy "idea books," Hughes worked as much from personal life as from commercial instinct. His "National Lampoon" scripts were inspired by his own family's vacations. "Sixteen Candles," in which Ringwald plays a teen whose 16th birthday is forgotten, was based on a similar event in a friend's life.

In a statement quoted on People.com, Ringwald said she was "stunned and incredibly sad" to hear about Hughes' death.

"He will be missed - by me and by everyone that he has touched," she said. "My heart and all my thoughts are with his family now."

Tall and pale, with a high head of hair and owlish glasses, Hughes caught on just a couple of years after MTV was launched. MTV teens were drawn to his stories, innocent compared to the films and world events of the 1960s' and '70s. The con f licts were about self-discovery and fitting in rather than hard drugs, political protest or race.

"I'm not going to pretend I know the black experience," Hughes told The New York Times in 1991 after being asked about having no major black characters in his films.

Those who related to his films related in full. They hung posters of "The Breakfast Club" on their walls. They coveted Ringwald's Ralph Lauren boots. They bought the soundtracks, with such MTV favorites as Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)." They giggled at and then repeated such naughty dialogue as "I can't believe I gave my panties to a geek" or related to such philosophy as "We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all."

Actor Matthew Broderick worked with Hughes in 1986 when he played the title character in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

"I am truly shocked and saddened by the news about my old friend John Hughes. He was a wonderful, very talented guy and my heart goes out to his family," Broderick said.

Hughes was a salesman's son who recalled having a fairly happy childhood, although he was a bit of a loner in high school. An art student at the University of Arizona, he dropped out and returned to the Chicago area, where he began sending jokes - unsolicited - to such comedians as Norm Crosby and Rodney Dangerfield.

He then moved into advertising, working seven years at DDB Needham Worldwide and then the Leo Burnett Company, and devised at least one memorable campaign - using a credit card to demonstrate the slide of Edge shaving cream.

In the late 1970s, he became a Hollywood screen writer, and, like so many in his profession, tired of seeing his work changed. He wanted to direct. He was unsure how, and afraid to work with experienced actors, so he came up with a simple, youthful plot - a bunch of teens in a single room, which became "The Breakfast Club." (His second release as a director, "Sixteen Candles," came out first.)

Between 1984 and 1990, he wrote or directed more than a dozen hits and acquired enough power to move back to the Chicago area. He remained popular even when his key characters, in "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" and "Uncle Buck," were adults.

But as Hughes advanced into middle age, his commercial touch faded and, in Salinger style, he increasingly withdrew from public life. His last directing credit was in 1991, for "Curly Sue," and he wrote just a handful of scripts over the past decade. He was rarely interviewed or photographed.

Devin Ratray, best known for playing Culkin's older brother Buzz McCallister in the "Home Alone" films, said he remained close to Hughes over the years.

"He changed my life forever," Ratray said. "Nineteen years later, people from all over the world contact me telling me how much 'Home Alone' meant to them, their families, and their children."

Highlights from John Hughes' film career as a director:

- "Sixteen Candles," 1984.
- "The Breakfast Club," 1985.
- "Weird Science," 1985.
- "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," 1986.
- "Planes, Trains & Automobiles," 1987.
- "She's Having a Baby," 1988.
- "Uncle Buck," 1989.
- "Curly Sue," 1991.

And as a screenwriter:

- "Mr. Mom," 1983.
- "Vacation," 1983.
- "Pretty in Pink," 1986.
- "Home Alone," 1990.
- "Dennis the Menace," 1993.
- "101 Dalmatians," 1996.
- "Maid in Manhattan," 2002.


Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press
Published by Chicago Tribune on Aug. 6, 2009.
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Mr Hughes,

Thank you for giving a voice to Generation X, I greatly appreciate all the work that you gave us. It has helped me a lot over the years to deal with the pressures of life.

Ferris, Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink....

They were all awesome!

May you continue to Rest In Peace,

Robert
Robert Treat
July 8, 2020
Thank You for such a Special movie from a Campus Supervisor (Suspension Ctr M-F and Saturday School) 1982-1993...............L/Semper Fidelis 70-81 USMC & 01-04 CaArNG
Leo Chapinski
February 15, 2020
Since I could not meet You when You were alive and kicking, I look forward to do that after I leave this performance. Thank You for all You did to open the curtains on the inner machinations of Human Beings.
Helena-Sophia Exel
Acquaintance
June 14, 2019
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Joshua Grauer
May 23, 2018
His most memorable interview, in 1985 at the American Film Institute:
http://www.afi.com/media/AFI_JohnHughesPart1.mp3
http://www.afi.com/media/AFI_JohnHughesPart2.mp3
classmate
April 13, 2018
John Hughes films are really awesome. If he could have made more.
Romano Brown
December 15, 2017
John's movies have never been, nor will they ever be matched. Classic movies made by a master, legacy in time.
Rod & Penny A
January 1, 2016
As I watch the making of ferris bueller I miss u all over. Taken too soon. We love & miss your genius.
Bella Isap
October 4, 2015
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
August 6, 2015
I own all of your movies they were really great I've watched them growing up.
January 13, 2015
Merry Chrismas John, artist, storyteller and lover of music. Wishing you were here to chronicle our times.
Patrick Herron
December 17, 2014
It was so great to grow up with your films when I was in high school. I still like to watch them even though I'm almost 50 - classics never get old.
December 15, 2014
You helped to make my sons childhood Christmas's magical rip John Hughes love your films x
christine heap
December 7, 2014
Made my sons Christmas even more exciting he actually knows all the words from Home Alone,he is now 33 and still loves your films R.I.P. thankyou for making funny entertaining films,you will never be forgot John Hughes x
December 7, 2014
your movies were the best and music from the breakfast club unforgettable. 1985 with simply mind songs. rest in peace john
mike vigil
November 6, 2014
John Hughes, you were a defining light of my adolescence and beyond. Your movies, so many of them, are some of the greatest of all time and are so near and dear to my heart. You were a major influence in my life and I appreciate your work. You are the greatest filmaker of all time in my opinion. Thank you.
Josh Walters
August 22, 2014
Your talent was immensely entertaining. Your movies have meant so much to my family. RIP
June 25, 2014
P.s.s

Long live Chet !!!!
Rusty Lozano
December 3, 2013
Wow...where do I start. John, you are responsible for so many wonderful childhood memories. As I grew up I learned how terrible things are in this world, but your work shielded my childhood from such things- for that I am so grateful beyond words. I grieve your absence ... I feel close to you. God Bless you and thank you for: weird science, breakfast club, and sixteen candles.
Rusty Lozano
December 3, 2013
To John Hughes,
You did a wonderful job directing the movies Home Alone Part 2 lost in New York, Sixteen Candles, Etc. My prayers go to you, and your family. Lisa Weiner
Lisa Weiner
November 27, 2013
I must say that you are my favorite film writer/director. I learned quite a bit by watching your films. I have many wonderful memories watching your movies. God bless you and your family. You are missed Mr. Hughes. Rest in Peace.
Brian O'Rourke
May 6, 2013
I never realized how talented you were an how many movies you wrote. I today just watched 16 candles your movies never get old. The world has lost a true talent, your movies will live forever an effect all generations to come. You made the world a better place may god bless you an keep you safe.
paula
April 17, 2013
John,

Your movies are something special, they stand the test of time. You got me through high school... When I didn't go to prom and spent the night watching your films specifically "Pretty in Pink" you were there for me. Now that I am the mother of 2 little girls I cannot wait for the day I can introduce your wonderful films to them.
Thank you!!!!!!!
Jennifer
January 16, 2013
As I sit here and watch Breakfast Club, remembering the first time I ever saw it-- just eleven years old, all by myself in a very dark farmhouse, way after midnight, the kids all asleep-- I think of the ways you touched my life. The ways you shaped me.

Thank you for being the man you were... thank you for everything. For giving me someone to identify with. For trying to teach me, regardless how hard it was to see, that high school was always going to be a drag for everyone. (;

Much love, Mr. Hughes. Much love.
Jen T
December 30, 2012
Todsy is your third anniversary when our lord called you home.We will always
remember the boy door..giving us great memories of our teen years through all of your
movies.
Please watch over your loving
family..
God bless you John . You are always in our prayers.
Paulamarie Kuhn
August 6, 2012
Todsy is your third anniversary when our lord called you home.We will always
remember the boy door..giving us great memories of our teen years through all of your movies.
Please watch over your loving
family..
God bless you John . Your always in our prayers.
Paulamarie Kuhn
August 6, 2012
Thank you so much for all of your work. I get so emotional everytime I watch any of your films. Thanks for the tears, the laughs, and having your movies to watch all throughout the years growing up. Words cannot express how beautiful your films are. Only some of the very best ever made. Thank you for that.
Laine Johnson
February 6, 2012
you made me laugh you made me smile. made thru the 1980s with a better outlook on life because of you i will miss you and your films
michael meyer
January 23, 2012
Just watched Clark Griswold get through another Christmas. Thanks, John, for getting us to see the Griswold in all of us.
Rebekah Bliss
December 8, 2011
This is a tribute and a thanks for a type of healing connected to Home Alone,
I have anxiety disorder and at different times have panic episodes. This year, I got Home Alone recorded on my DVR and when my dog passed in 2009 I just couldn't take it. Over the summer, I guess I started watching Home Alone once a week! Now in November, I have found that watching the movie, especially the scene inside the church with music, stops the panic and lowers my heart rate! Whatever it is, I am grateful, something is there maybe it is John's love or spirit?? Thanks John for making all these movies, they are solace to the heart and mind for me.
Mary Wier
November 22, 2011
you are missed beyond belief.i loved all your movies. the movie industry has lost a genius.i was shocked to hear of your passing and i still cant believe you are gone.god bless you and i hope you knew how much your fans loved you.
lea bougadis
August 18, 2011
Today is your second anniversary when our Lord called you home. May you watch over your family & know you are truly missed .We take this time for thanking you for opening up our hearts to relive our teenage dreams through your many films..God Bless you John ..
Paula Kuhn
August 6, 2011
I just wanted to say how wonderful your movies are.. i always had a sense of elevation after i watched them because they are not just movies..they are small pieces of our lives that you skilfully put together and presented by you as a fairytale of humble but yet immense emotional proportions ...your passing away was sad but your movies will live to describe your true character since through them we discovered new wonderful people and learned that small things are the most important ..so farewell and r.i.p.
Panos
May 31, 2011
John,
I am a nobody but have one big thing in common with you,I know and feel every movie that your were involved with. I only dream that I could have been able to meet the skillful man behind the movies that make me live life. I grew ups similar always my myself. I truly miss your film expression and hope you know how ICONIC, RESPECTED, LEGENDARY, and just missed you are!!!

Nate Allen Small town Kentucky guy...
Nate Allen
May 25, 2011
I grew up loving so many of his movies. You are missed. no one has come after you too compare.
Jacob
May 23, 2011
just remembering how you made so much sense with a sense of humor and wishing you were still here to help make movies like the ones that helped me grow up and become ME...Miss your work and appreciate the mark you left on the industry.
Ann Marie Jyono Doc. film 2006 Deliver Us from Evil. U helped me make decisions about real problems and u dont even know me.
Jyono Ann Marie
May 6, 2011
You were the biggest idol to this chicago filmmaker! May your films live on forever and inspire other filmmakers like myself. you spoke to the teens of chicago with heart, and honesty! RIP
Mike Krumlauf
March 21, 2011
Thank you for the 1980's. Thank you for being the only adult who understood us.
Jeff Gross
March 18, 2011
John, I just want to say how important your films of the 1980's were to me. When I saw them, it told me it was ok to be me. That I didn't have to be someone else. Your films had a great impact on me as a teenager. God Bless you.
Gustavo Chavarin
March 11, 2011
Dear John, thank you for helping me understand that it was okay to be me. Your movies and the music in them helped me through the changes of growing up. I miss your movies, your writing and I speak for many who say they wish you were still here with us. No one understands the mind of a teen like you did. For those of us who grew up in the 80s you were the voice we wish we had.
Donna Teresa
February 6, 2011
THANK YOU John for all your wonderful films.
Dean Lanyon
February 4, 2011
made the best movies ever there will never be another JOHN HUGHES
TEN C
January 31, 2011
John,
I find it hard to believe that we will not be blessed with more of your artistry. I am grateful to have lived in your time. I imagine that some people in the distant future will wonder what it was like. IT WAS FUN! Your movies are still my favorites, and now they are my families' also.
As I write this I keep hearing that old song in my head:
Thanks for the Memories...
Really, Thanks,
Paul Linson
January 24, 2011
Thank you for understanding teenage angst and displaying the commonality and dual individuality of our experiences. Your talents are greatly missed.
Sharon Adams
December 24, 2010
Jon Hughes has inspired me to make movies and I can only hope you be as good as he was as a screenwriter, director and Legend
Shannie Griffin
December 14, 2010
John Hughes' teen movies made a difference in my life just when I was at an age when I was trying to find and define who I was. Simplified morals for teenagers, The Breakfast Club gave you a chance to try on a few personalities as the film drew them together and discounted the differences...

So now I work in film, and one of my dreams is to make a John Hughes (style) teen movie in the hope it may be the defining 90 minutes of other struggling teens one day.

Respect, Mr Hughes, and thank you.
Cliff Donaldsen
November 21, 2010
RIP John Hughes you were the best writter in Hollywood Show biz
the 20th century has ever knew you will be miss alot, and all of your great Films & "The Brat Pack" name will Forever be in Your lagecy!

I grew up in the north shore subrbs of Chicago in and around all of your shooting locations, My mom and aunt went to school in the same building that "The Breakfast Culb" was filmed at, and my aunt lives 2.6 miles from the house in Winnetka where "HOME ALONe" was filmed at and 2.4 miles from "United Trinity Methodist Church" in Wilmet, witch was also used in the filmming of "HOME ALONe" ! She also lives a block in a half north east from the "Sixteen Candles" house where Molly Ringwald fell out of the tree.
Jamie P
November 17, 2010
LOVED U SO ~THANKS FOR HELPING ME MAKE SENSE TO ME.

A FAN
YOU WERE FROM WHERE WE WERE FROM
BEA COMMER
November 9, 2010
That's for all the great time's and for the extra special "Breakfest Club" line's from the real John Bender
Mike Bregan
October 19, 2010
Here was a man that always brought Chicago to the forefront of the movie business. I will always miss him and still today enjoy his movies and catching myself looking for those landmarks he played so well into his movies
Mick
September 15, 2010
Hi to the Hughes family I did not know about his passing u8ntil the Oscar night, and was stunned, I am so grateful for his movies, they help me get through life! Blessings.
mary wier
September 4, 2010
mary wier
September 4, 2010
It's been one year today that God called you
home..thank you for all the wonderful memories
that you gave us through your films. As we sit today
looking into the sky we can hear . Don't You Forget About Me"
& If You Were Here..We will never forget you John Hughes..
Please don't forget us .
Paulamarie Kuhn
August 6, 2010
Thank you for all the wonderful memories you
have given us. Rest in peace .
Paula
August 6, 2010
Simply.. Thank-you.
Eric K
July 21, 2010
Blackhawks won - I'm sure you'd be at the parade today. Stanley Cup's in Chicago!!!
June 11, 2010
Hello John, I discovered you in the mid 90's as a lonely teen watching television growing up in London. Your movies and your voice spoke more to me then others. I sit here trying to write my first feature film and I am at a crisis point in my life. Not knowing who I am or what. I just watched 'She's Having A Baby' and it brought tears to my eyes. This time however I noticed something that I hadn't before. I realized just how close I am to the Alec Baldwin character. I wonder how the character progressed and what caused him to change? And even if that character was you at a certain point in your life? One thing is for sure though. I really miss you man and that voice of yours many of us search for. Thank you John and god bless you. A friend.
Mustapha Kseibati
June 10, 2010
The world has lost a great man. His ability to capture the real life of teenagers was incredible no one else could ever do that. I have children now and have passed these movies on to a whole new generation.Thank You Mr Hughes.My deepest sympathy to your family.
Gail Lacroix
June 3, 2010
He acted and directed some of the great
cult movies in the 1980's and 90's. He made us laugh and cry and he will always be missed.
Ron Clark
April 27, 2010
Thank you, John.

You reflected humanity with a calibre of wit and wisdom typically discovered only in great literary works of centuries past.

You brought those insights to the fore for regular folks, and those regular folks are forever grateful.

You elevated our intellects—
You nurtured our spirits—
You showed us the way, with great style.

We salute you, sir.
Well played. And many happy returns.

Best always...
Jeff G
April 23, 2010
When I was a teenager The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink made me feel a little less like an outsider and a little more like a human being. Thank you for the Wonderful films you have given us. How lucky we were in the 80's to have someone making movies who was on our side. Rest in Peace John Hughes, you will never be forgotten.
Suzie Z
March 17, 2010
For John...

WEEP NOT FOR ME


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.


© Joe Fazio
~
[email protected] /Joe Fazio,
Beverly Hills, California
March 9, 2010
Mr Hughes, During the 80's and 90's I needed your movies. They were there for me when others were not. I had a tough time and the love and humour in your movies made me laff and cry. They also made me want to write screenplays I must have written 10 after watching your movies. Unfortunately my dreams have yet to come to fruition I'm a 9-5 office worker but I will get there. I want to be the guy who writes some films to define my generation I'm 31 so I figure I have a bit of time yet. I'm english with a typical English sense of humour and I feel I'm very quick witted and a lot of this comes from all the suttle jokes in your films that you can spot and the slapstick bits. I see your influence everywhere from Family Guy to The Big Bang Theory. I hope that it helps your family in some way that you were so widely adored and can see your influence in most sitcoms and films from the 90's onwards. Thank you so much!
Alan Edwards
February 25, 2010
In fond memory on your 60th birthday.
Libby
February 18, 2010
In heartfelt memory on your 60th Birthday. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family today.

Martha My Dear in WI
February 18, 2010
You were a genius and wrote who you were...You will be missed always...
Benjamin Stiavnicky
February 17, 2010
I grew up taking John movies in and I Love them all of them.I so sorry to hear of his passing. I will always enjoy his movies. R.I.P John I never met you but I'll never forget you :)
My love and blessing to your family.
My girls love Sixteen Candles and I also love again my love to you and your family. Happy Birthday Mr.John Hughes <3 Gone but not forgotten we will never forget you Mr.Hughes

Antoinette Smith
Antoinette Smith
February 7, 2010
I grew up in Grosse Pointe City and remember John from playing Little League Baseball for one, possibly two years in the minor leagues. I grew up on Washington Road, right next to Rivard Blvd. I remember we were both geeks and terrible baseball players, not that there is anything wrong with that! : > ) We were not friends, unfortunately, just acquaintances. I enjoyed his movies greatly and I believed that his childhood experiences and background gave him great insight into people's character and feelings. Great guy, RIP.
Tom Bertrand
February 3, 2010
Well Done!

You will not be forgotten...
Tom Adamski
January 22, 2010
Will be missed.
Brian Bice
January 20, 2010
What can I say, I didn't know Mr. Hughes personally but growing up watching films like The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, She's Having A Baby, Home Alone, and Dutch - it seems very apparent that the world became a better place because of him.
Kevin Beck
January 11, 2010
Although this is late in being posted, I have been thinking about this since Johns death. I loved his movies. Growing up in the 80's, I watched his movies over and over and they continue to be a touchstone for me. It doesn't seem right that I now live in a world where John is no longer. I wished he would have made more movies, I am grateful for the ones he did make and write. I hope he is at peace and in a better place now. I hope his family is doing ok without him. John, thank you. Simply put, thank you.
Marcia Myers
January 7, 2010
When things are weird and I just want a break my Hughes collection is there any single one I pick sets it all to rights. Peace. Michelle
Michelle Runnett Bailey
January 3, 2010
John, you are my inspiration as a Chicago born artist to create from my heart and never say no. Much love and respect to you and your work.
Mike Krumlauf
January 2, 2010
His movies changed the way other teen movies are written and directed. His movies both inspire and pacifiy. The Breakfast Club will probably be my favourite of Mr Hughes' films and as long as I have a copy of that in my house his memory will live on. 'I wont forget about you'.
I'm from England but thats not in the drop down box so I've selcted a place where I want to visit.
Darren Garland
December 28, 2009
I am forever grateful to have John Hughes' movies in my life. I watch them and it takes me back to a simpler time in my life. The movies were true to life and very entertaining. The music that was in the movies are great and automatically connect you to the movies. Thanks John Hughes
Jerry Corder
December 25, 2009
Woke up to my clock radio playing "True" by Spandau Ballet this lazy December Sunday morning. Always think of John Hughes and 16 Candles, my all-time favorite movie, whenever I hear that. Thought a long time about his genius, his contributions, etc. and wanted his family to know that people are still thinking of him. This will be your first Christmas without him. Rely on family and friends to get you through.
M. K.
December 13, 2009
For John...

WEEP NOT FOR ME


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.


© Joe Fazio
October 23, 2009
Thank you for your wonderful movies. They will always be close to my heart.
Erica Eldridge
October 21, 2009
All the movies are a treasure and they are so dear to my heart....You must have had a wonderful heart ! I can at least offer you a "thank you".What a inspiration you were and always will be to my generation and beyond.
October 20, 2009
john hughes was a great guy the movies he made was very good and i no it's hard when you lose a son just thank god now he is with the best now he will be up in heaven with the best.i will miss his movies one day we will meet again thank god for great memory ' god bless the john hughes and family 'a friend'
danny gasavage
October 17, 2009
My teenage years were grown in Hermosillo Sonora Mexico. During my High School years in COBACH Norte in the 80's, your movies made me easier to cope with reality. Great Memories, Thanks for your Films and Work. Sincerily Julian G Belmonte [email protected]
Julian G Belmonte
October 16, 2009
You made so many of us who we are today. Your movies were the only ones to ever hit what we were going through. Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink we all related cause we were feeling the same way. TY John Hughes for making growing up alittle more tolerable.
Heather Anderson
September 30, 2009
We lost one of the great men of all time and director-is a very great lose to the world of fans an friends and there will be noe one else like him ever...

Gregg Lamarwest..
Gregg Lamarwest
September 9, 2009
For John

WEEP NOT FOR ME


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.


© Joe Fazio
September 8, 2009
As a 40 Year old I grew up and loved the films of Mr Hughes.

Thanks for some great memories and a lot of laughs.

RIP
Liam Clarke
September 8, 2009
My condolences to your family. I had a very happy childhood, and when I look back, most memories are linked to your films, when I used to sit and watch them on my own or in company of friends. You'll be missed, John.
Gabi Silva
September 8, 2009
Mr.Hughes thank you for being the voice and touching the hearts of millions of teenagers.
Ed P
September 4, 2009
Thank you for all the joy and pain.
Picture shows, second balcony, was the place we'd meet, second seat, go Dutch treat, you were sweet.

Thank you for seeing me again.
Though we go, on our seperate ways, still the memory stays, for always, my heart says, Danke Schoen.
Greg F
August 30, 2009
In 2001 we moved away from the North Shore for a while. I was able to say that we had lived where they shot Uncle Buck and Sixteen Candles and HOME ALONE (and there actually WAS an outdoor skating rink set up in the park during winter break) and then everyone had an idea of where we came from. In those years away from Chicago, I could not watch Ferris Bueller without crying from homesickness. Thank you, John, for the images that still mean so much to our family.

And yes, every January we ask my husband if he got "jelly of the month" for his bonus.
Sandy, Bob, Patrick, and Kathleen Doyle
August 29, 2009
Fpr John

WEEP NOT FOR ME


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.


© Joe Fazio
August 29, 2009
Rest in peace, Mr. Hughes. Your movies made it easier to be a teenager in the 80s. Your legacy of laughter will never be forgotten.
Frank A.
August 24, 2009
Nancy & family- As a former classmate of yours, I want you to know how much you 2 were thought about at our recent 40th GBN reunion. Who could have known that in a few days following, we would hear the news of Johns' passing. My heart & prayers go out to you and all in the family. John left a legacy that you should be proud of and his work impacted millions. Peace and love, Shelley (Waidner) Kleypas
Shelley (Waidner) Kleypas
August 23, 2009
My heart goes out to Mr. Hugh's family and friends. I am sorry for your loss. I have never written on a guest book of someone I never knew personally, but as one of John Hugh's many fans I felt compelled to say I am just glad I got to know a glimpse of his sense of humor and talent by seeing every one of the movies he directed and wrote. I still own several of them and no other director's movies have truly touched and influenced so many people in such a way. His insights and honest portrayal of real life on the big screen time and time again are second to none. Thanks for countless laughs, hilarious quotes and wonderful characters. I'll miss them all.

Elizabeth (Charlotte, NC)
August 23, 2009
One of our best Christmas' as an adult family with our children's children watching HOME Alone after finishing Christmas dinner. All of my kids together! Call us the Huxtubles if you wish. A good time with a good movie celebrating the birth of our Savior! Thank you John Hughes!
carol hall
August 21, 2009
Hope, Guidance, and Strength.

John 16:3
terrence jordan
August 19, 2009
A great Chicago guy. Northwest side and a Taft H.S. kid. Wonderful to see a local boy make good. Thanks John for giving me and countless others so many laughs. Thanks for allowing us to just sit back and forget our troubles. You retired too soon and left us way too soon. Thanks John.
Paul Heyden
August 19, 2009
I am deeply saddened by the loss of this man who meant so much to me during our Leo Burnett days. I was John's secretary during his time at Leo B, and what a crazy fun time we all had. I will always remember the one-on-one conversations we shared & all the loony-ness he brought to our creative group. One of my fondest memories is the day his first child was born.....you'd think he was the "only" person who had ever had a child born to themself. Listening to him boast about this feat, you truly believed that he had truly invented the miracle of birth. Thank you John for the fun memories. May you be at peace.

Bonnie Gruchalski
August 17, 2009
John, what a great guy you were! My deepest sympathies to your wife and family. I worked with John on Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, and Ferris Buehler. I remember fondly how down to earth you always were, not to mention, funny and insightful. We didn't realize then you were making such iconic films, we just knew it was great fun going to work everyday. You made us all laugh!
Linnea Harwell
August 16, 2009
A great part of my teen years was spent enjoying movies like "Sixteen Candles", "Ferris Beuler's Day Off", and "Pretty in Pink". The memories will linger on forever. Thank you for them.
Marcia Campbell
August 16, 2009