hit films, particularly of the comedic genre. Some of the filmmaker's most noteworthy cinematic contributions include classics like "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," "National Lampoon's Vacation," "Home Alone," "Pretty in Pink," "Some Kind of Wonderful" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles."
John Hughes was born on February 18th of 1950 in Lansing, which is the capital city of Michigan. He was reared in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and at age 12 moved to Northbrook, Illinois (a suburb just over half an hour away from Chicago). After briefly attending the University of Arizona, the future filmmaker got his showbiz start by writing jokes and selling them to famous personalities such as Joan Rivers and Rodney Dangerfield. After working for several years in the advertising industry, he wrote his first movie screenplay, which was called "Class Reunion."
John Hughes died sudden and quickly on a walk in New York City, on the morning of August 6th, 2009. He was just 59 years of age. The official cause of death was a heart attack. His funeral took place at the Wenban Funeral Home in Lake Forest, Illinois, which is located just outside of Chicago. Many well-known celebrities and friends of John Hughes attended the private ceremony, including Matthew Broderick, Vince Vaughn and Ben Stein (who also spoke at the gathering). He was also laid to rest in Lake Forest.