'Home Alone' maker John Hughes dies at 59

MUMBAI: Chicago-based filmmaker, known for films like Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985) and Ferris Bueller‘s Day Off (1986) expired yesterday of a heart attack in New York. He was 59.

Hughes suffered the heart attack while taking a morning walk while visiting family members in Manhattan, his representatives said. His biggest box-office success was Home Alone which he wrote and produced. The comedy incidentally grossed $285.8 million and had two sequels following.

Working as an advertising copywriter, he began writing short stories, magazine articles and jokes for stand-up comedians like Rodney Dangerfield. He was eventually became the editor at National Lampoon.

Hughes made his directorial debut the following year with Universal‘s Sixteen Candles that starred Ringwald as a resilient teen whose family forgets her 16th birthday. Hughes followed up with Breakfast Club in which a group of high school misfits discover common ground while serving detention. Later he directed Weird Science in which two high school nerds create the women of their dreams.

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