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John Wilden Hughes, Jr. was born on 18 February 1950, in New York City USA. He was a producer, screenwriter and director, best known for various successful comedy films during the 1980s and 1990s, including “Pretty in Pink”, “Home Alone”, and “Weird Science”. All of his efforts helped raise his net worth to where it was prior to his passing in 2009.

How rich was John Hughes? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that was at $150 million, mostly earned through the financial successes he had from his films. Aside from making good movies, John was also responsible for helping several actors get a head start in their careers. He also worked as a screenwriter for other films, and all of these efforts ensured the position of his wealth.

John Hughes Net Worth $150 Million Dollars

As a child, John and his family moved a lot. He attended high school in Chicago, and started to find inspiration from various artists such as The Beatles, Picasso, and Bob Dylan. He then moved to Illinois, where he attended Glenbrook North High School, following which he enrolled at the University of Arizona, but dropped out.

He started to work as a writer, selling jokes and then found a job as an advertising copywriter at Needham, Harper & Steers. In 1974, he moved to Leo Burnett Worldwide, continuing to work on advertising. While doing this job, he would start getting inspiration for future films he would make. The first screenplay that he was credited with was entitled “Class Reunion” which, however, was a disaster. He then wrote “National Lampoon’s Vacation”, which would become a huge success. After that film, he wrote “Mr. Mom”, and would soon get a movie deal with Universal Studios.

In 1984, he made his directorial debut in the film “Sixteen Candies” which was a depiction of upper middle class high school life. From then on, John focussed a lot on the environment, making films such as “The Breakfast Club”, “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. In order to avoid being type cast to high school films, he then directed “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” starring John Candy and Steve Martin, so lifting his net worth.

John continued to make films, some of which weren’t that well received, but one of his biggest successes would be “Home Alone”, about a child who was accidentally left behind for Christmas, and has to defend his house from inept burglars. The film became the highest grossing in 1990, and is considered one of the best comedies of all time. John’s last film as a director was “Curly Sue” which was released in 1991.

Hughes then went back to screenwriting under the pseudonym Edmond Dantes, a character based on the book “The Count of Monte Cristo”. During this period, he wrote “Drillbit Taylor”, “Maid in Manhattan” and the “Beethoven” series. A few years later, he would retire from public life, rarely even giving interviews.

For his personal life, he was married to Nancy from 1970, and they had two sons. On the morning of 6 August 2009, John suffered a heart attack while walking. He was rushed to hospital but soon passed away. Many organizations, television shows and even the Academy Awards commemorated Hughes’ work.


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Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vacation 2015/I characters
Drillbit Taylor 2008 story - as Edmond Dantes
Beethoven's 5th 2003 Video characters - as Edmond Dantes
Maid in Manhattan 2002 story - as Edmond Dantès
Home Alone 4 2002 TV Movie characters
Beethoven's 4th 2001 Video characters - as Edmond Dantès
Just Visiting 2001 screenplay
Beethoven's 3rd 2000 Video characters - as Edmond Dantès
American Adventure 2000 TV Movie characters
Reach the Rock 1998 written by
Home Alone 3 1997 written by
Flubber 1997 screenplay
101 Dalmatians 1996 screenplay
Miracle on 34th Street 1994 screenplay
Baby's Day Out 1994 written by
Beethoven's 2nd 1993 characters - as Edmond Dantès
Dennis the Menace 1993 written by
Home Alone 1992 Video Game characters
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 Video Game characters
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 characters / written by
Beethoven 1992 written by - as Edmond Dantès
Home Alone 1991 Video Game characters
Curly Sue 1991 written by
Dutch 1991 written by
Career Opportunities 1991 written by
Uncle Buck 1990-1991 TV Series characters - 18 episodes
Home Alone 1990 written by
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 written by
Uncle Buck 1989 written by
The Great Outdoors 1988 written by
She's Having a Baby 1988 written by
Planes, Trains & Automobiles 1987 written by
Some Kind of Wonderful 1987 written by
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 written by
Pretty in Pink 1986 written by
Weird Science 1985 written by
National Lampoon's European Vacation 1985 screenplay / story
The Breakfast Club 1985 written by
Mr. Mom 1984 TV Movie characters
Sixteen Candles 1984 written by
Nate and Hayes 1983 written by
Mr. Mom 1983 written by
National Lampoon's Vacation 1983 screenplay / short story "Vacation '58"
At Ease TV Series 1 episode, 1983 creator - 1 episode, 1983
Class Reunion 1982 written by
Tajna Nikole Tesle 1980 co-writer
Delta House 1979 TV Series written by - 5 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
New Port South 2001 executive producer
Reach the Rock 1998 producer
Home Alone 3 1997 producer
Flubber 1997 producer
101 Dalmatians 1996 producer
Miracle on 34th Street 1994 producer
Baby's Day Out 1994 producer
Dennis the Menace 1993 producer
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 producer
Curly Sue 1991 producer
Dutch 1991 producer
Only the Lonely 1991 producer
Career Opportunities 1991 producer
Home Alone 1990 producer
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 producer
Uncle Buck 1989 producer
The Great Outdoors 1988 executive producer
She's Having a Baby 1988 producer
Planes, Trains & Automobiles 1987 producer
Some Kind of Wonderful 1987 producer
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 producer
Pretty in Pink 1986 executive producer
The Breakfast Club 1985 producer

Director

Director

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

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 Guy Running Between Cabs (uncredited)
The Breakfast Club 1985 Brian's Father (uncredited)
Class Reunion 1982 'Girl' in dress with paper bag over head (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Planes, Trains & Automobiles 1987 writer: "I Can Take Anything" 1987
National Lampoon's Vacation 1983 lyrics: "Walley World National Anthem"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
At Ease 1983 TV Series creative consultant - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Goldbergs 2015 TV Series dedicated to - 1 episode
A Place to Call His Own 2014 Documentary inspiration
The Truth About You 2014 very special thanks
Out of Print 2014/I Documentary the director would like to thank
Faraday 2013 thanks
First Period 2013 special thanks
ParaNorman 2012 dedicatee
Jobriath A.D. 2012 Documentary special thanks
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2012 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Hughes the Force 2011 Short thanks: thank you for inspiring generations of people
Don't You Forget About Me 2010 Short in memory of
Darren & Abbey 2010 in memory of
One Tree Hill 2010 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Skateland 2010 in memory of
Jelly 2010 in memory of
Spud 2009 Short in memory of
Don't You Forget About Me 2009 Video documentary in memory of
Big Tingz 2009 Short in memory of
Community 2009 TV Series in memoriam - 1 episode
Laia Laiona 2007 Short in tribute to
Madison Class of '64 2006 Short a tribute to the genius of
Mallrats 1995 thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
E! True Hollywood Story 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Biography 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Hal Roach: Hollywood's King of Laughter 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Menace Named Dennis 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2016 TV Series Himself
DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story of the National Lampoon 2015 Documentary Himself / Writer
The Greatest 80s Movies 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself (1986)
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Special Memorial Tribute
Teen spirit: Les ados 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Producer of the Year

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1993 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Resurrection of a TV Show Dennis the Menace (1993) · Richard Vane


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#Fact
1 Chris Columbus was sent two scripts by Hughes while he was staying with his wife's parents in Chicago after the birth of their first child; one was for Home Alone (1990). Columbus fell in love with it, it really struck a chord with him and he felt he could make a really strong film out of it. He and Hughes hit it off instantly so Hughes gave him the job to direct.
2 When casting the role of Kevin McCallister in Home Alone (1990), Chris Columbus had already seen Macaulay Culkin in Uncle Buck (1989) but he wanted to audition some other kids while Hughes had his heart set on Culkin. So Columbus met Culkin in New York and was very charmed by him and thought he was fantastic. Columbus auditioned five other kids and none of them shaped up to Culkin. Columbus went with Culkin because he was not as picture perfect and he had an instant relatability to the kids in the audience. Columbus knew the cameras would love him and he was immensely funny.
3 Rarely gave interviews. By the 1990's, shunned publicity completely, withdrawing from public life.
4 Attended Arizona State University.
5 The premiere episode of Community (2009) ("Pilot") is dedicated to his memory.
6 Owned farm land in Harvard, Illinois. (2008).
7 Father of writer/producer James Hughes and musician John Hughes.
8 Although he was offered the distinguished alumni award from Glenbrook North High School, he refused it in reflection of his not so great memories of the north shore and the school itself.
9 Lived, for some time, in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.
10 He wrote two movies where the main character is involved in a race with the theme from Chariots of Fire (1981) going on in the background (Mr. Mom (1983) and National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)).
11 Inspired the "Brat Pack" movement of the 1980s.
12 Wrote roles for John Candy, Anthony Michael Hall, and Molly Ringwald.
13 Used the pen name Edmond Dantès, a homage to the lead character in The Count of Monte Cristo (1934).
14 Was a fan of The Beatles and frequently had characters in his movies sing Beatles songs: Anthony Michael Hall (the Geek) sings "Hey Jude" in Sixteen Candles (1984), Jon Cryer (Duckie) sings "Love" in Pretty in Pink (1986), and Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller) sings "Twist & Shout" in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).
15 One reason that John Hughes films are set in Shermer, Illinois, is because Northbrook was once called Shermerville. Furthermore, Glenbrook North High School is located on Shermer Road.
16 A number of his movies have a small scene after the credits.
17 Started out in the 1970s as a writer for National Lampoon magazine.
18 Graduated Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, Illinois, USA. [1968]

#Quote
1 I don't think of kids as a lower form of the human species.
2 I stumbled into this business, I didn't train for it. I yelled "Action!" on my first two movies before the camera was turned on.

#Trademark
1 Often worked with John Candy
2 Often has a character use the pejorative term "four-flusher", a term originating in poker which means one who bluffs or boasts.
3 Portrayal of Yuppie life
4 Often cast members of the "Brat Pack"
5 Often has a scene-stealing and usually dotty supporting character which serves little use for the actual plot (for example: Long Duk Dong in Sixteen Candles (1984) and Chet in Weird Science (1985)).
6 Characters who are either stuck in one place or traveling somewhere
7 Often has one character silently mimicking another character as the line is spoken, as if it's been said before.
8 His movies usually end with a freeze-frame
9 Many of his 1980s Teen films have the same name as song titles: Sixteen Candles (1984) (Stray Cats), Pretty in Pink (1986) (The Psychedelic Furs), She's Having a Baby (1988) (Dave Wakeling) which are also heard in the film.
10 Close-ups of two characters locking eyes with each other
11 References to art - characters discussing art or posed to resemble works of art
12 Most of his teen movies from the 1980s have a scene in the school lunchroom, school library, or both.
13 Sets films in Chicago area
14 Movies often take place in Shermer, Illinois
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