Filmmaker John Hughes, who made some of the most memorable teen comedies of the 1980s died suddenly of a heart attack in New York on Thursday. He was 59.
His films, such as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Planes, and Trains and Automobiles, are considered standard-bearers of the teen genre, exploring American adolescent behavior with warmth and affection. He supplied his awkward characters with natural dialogue, allowing audiences to empathize with their travails.
“I was stunned and incredibly sad to hear about the death of John Hughes,” Ringwald said in a statement. “He was and will always be such an important part of my life.”
“He will be missed – by me and by everyone that he has touched,” she added. “My heart and all my thoughts are with his family now.”
How sad. Thanks Mr. Hughes for making my adolescent years that much more enjoyable. Rest in peace.