John Wilden Hughes, Jr.

John Wilden Hughes, Jr.’s net worth is $150 Million. Also know about John Wilden Hughes, Jr. bio, salary, height, age weight, relationship, and more …

John Wilden Hughes, Jr. Wiki Biography

  • John Wilden Hughes, Jr. was born in New York City, USA, on February 18, 1950. 
  • He was a producer, screenwriter, and director, best known during the 1980s and 1990s for numerous popular comedy films, including Pretty in Pink, Home Alone, and Weird Science. 
  • His efforts all helped to increase his net worth to where it was until he passed away in 2009. 
  • Sources report a net worth of $150 million as of mid-2016, largely gained from the financial successes he had from his films. 
  • John was also responsible for helping many actors get a head start in their professions, in addition to making good movies. 
  • He also worked for other films as a screenwriter, and all of these efforts ensured the role of his fortune. 
  • John and his family moved a lot as a child. 
  • In Chicago, he attended high school and began to find inspiration from numerous musicians, including The Beatles, Picasso, and Bob Dylan. 
  • He then transferred to Illinois to attend Glenbrook North High School, where he enrolled at Arizona University but dropped out. 
  • He moved to Leo Burnett Worldwide in 1974 and continued to work in advertising. 
  • John continued to make movies, some of which were not well received, but “Home Alone” would be one of his greatest hits, about a boy who was mistakenly left behind for Christmas, and who has to protect his house from incompetent burglars. 
  • Under the pseudonym Edmond Dantes, a character based on the book The Count of Monte Cristo, Hughes then went back to screenwriting. 
  • “He wrote “Drillbit Taylor”, “Maid in Manhattan” and the “Beethoven” series during this time. 
  • He withdrew from public life a few years back, not even giving interviews. 
  • He had been married to Nancy in his personal life since 1970, and they had two sons. 
  • John suffered a heart attack on the morning of 6 August 2009 while walking. 
  • He was rushed to the hospital but passed away early. 
  • Hughes’ work was commemorated by many organizations, television shows, and even by the Academy Awards. 
  • IMDB Wikipedia “National Lampoon Sunday Newspaper Parody” (1978) “Class Reunion” “Drillbit Taylor” “Maid in Manhattan” $150 million 1950 2009 3D printing Adobe Photoshop Airport security Associated Press August 6 Beethoven Chicago Curly Sue (1991) Director Dylan’s Candy Bar February 18 Frank John Hughes Glenbrook North High School (1968) Home Alone (1990) James Jo Curly Sue (1991) Director Dylan’s Candy Bar February 18 Frank John Hughes Glenbrook North High School (1968) Home Alone (1990) 

John Wilden Hughes, Jr. Quick Info

Full NameJohn Hughes
Net Worth$150 Million
Date Of BirthFebruary 18, 1950, Lansing, Michigan, United States
DiedAugust 6, 2009, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Height1.93 m
ProfessionProducer, screenwriter, director
EducationGlenbrook North High School, University of Arizona
SpouseNancy Ludwig (m. 1970–2009)
ChildrenJohn III, James
ParentsJohn Hughes Sr.
AwardsAustralian Film Institute Open Craft Award in Non-Feature Film
Music GroupsMinor Detail
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Movies“Curly Sue” (1991), “Pretty in Pink” (1986), “Home Alone” (1990), “Weird Science” (1985), “Sixteen candles” (1984), “Uncle Buck” (1989), “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983)
TV ShowsUna Maid en Manhattan, Ferris Bueller, At Ease, The Cleopatras, Tu volverás

John Wilden Hughes, Jr. Trademarks

  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

John Wilden Hughes, Jr. Quotes

  • I don’t think of kids as a lower form of the human species.
  • 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.

John Wilden Hughes, Jr. Important Facts

  • Hughes died of a sudden heart attack while taking a morning stroll down West 55th Street in Manhattan. At the time he was visiting family in New York City.
  • Two of Hughes’ films have been selected for preservation by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” was chosen in 2014, and “The Breakfast Club” in 2016.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rarely gave interviews. By the 1990’s, shunned publicity completely, withdrawing from public life.
  • Attended Arizona State University.
  • The premiere episode of Community (2009) (“Pilot”) is dedicated to his memory.
  • Owned farm land in Harvard, Illinois. (2008).
  • Father of writer/producer James Hughes and musician John Hughes.
  • 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.
  • Lived, for some time, in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.
  • 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)).
  • Inspired the “Brat Pack” movement of the 1980s.
  • Wrote roles for John Candy, Anthony Michael Hall, and Molly Ringwald.
  • Used the pen name Edmond Dantès, a homage to the lead character in The Count of Monte Cristo (1934).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • A number of his movies have a small scene after the credits.
  • Started out in the 1970s as a writer for National Lampoon magazine.
  • Graduated Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, Illinois, USA. [1968]

John Wilden Hughes, Jr. Filmography

Drillbit Taylor2008story – as Edmond DantesWriter
Beethoven’s 5th2003Video characters – as Edmond DantesWriter
Maid in Manhattan2002story – as Edmond DantèsWriter
Home Alone 42002TV Movie charactersWriter
Beethoven’s 4th2001Video characters – as Edmond DantèsWriter
Just Visiting2001screenplayWriter
Beethoven’s 3rd2000Video characters – as Edmond DantèsWriter
American Adventure2000TV Movie charactersWriter
Reach the Rock1998written byWriter
Home Alone 31997written byWriter
101 Dalmatians1996screenplayWriter
Miracle on 34th Street1994screenplayWriter
Baby’s Day Out1994written byWriter
Beethoven’s 2nd1993characters – as Edmond DantèsWriter
Dennis the Menace1993written byWriter
Home Alone1992Video Game charactersWriter
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York1992Video Game charactersWriter
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York1992characters / written byWriter
Beethoven1992written by – as Edmond DantèsWriter
Home Alone1991/IVideo Game charactersWriter
Curly Sue1991written byWriter
Dutch1991written byWriter
Career Opportunities1991written byWriter
Uncle Buck1990-1991TV Series characters – 18 episodesWriter
Home Alone1990written byWriter
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation1989written byWriter
Uncle Buck1989written byWriter
The Great Outdoors1988written byWriter
She’s Having a Baby1988written byWriter
Planes, Trains & Automobiles1987written byWriter
Some Kind of Wonderful1987written byWriter
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off1986written byWriter
Pretty in Pink1986written byWriter
Weird Science1985written byWriter
National Lampoon’s European Vacation1985screenplay / storyWriter
The Breakfast Club1985written byWriter
Mr. Mom1984TV Movie charactersWriter
Sixteen Candles1984written byWriter
Nate and Hayes1983written byWriter
Mr. Mom1983written byWriter
National Lampoon’s Vacation1983screenplay / short story “Vacation ’58”Writer
At EaseTV Series 1 episode, 1983 creator – 1 episode, 1983Writer
Class Reunion1982written byWriter
Tajna Nikole Tesle1980co-writerWriter
Delta House1979TV Series written by – 5 episodesWriter
New Port South2001executive producerProducer
Reach the Rock1998producerProducer
Home Alone 31997producerProducer
101 Dalmatians1996producerProducer
Miracle on 34th Street1994producerProducer
Baby’s Day Out1994producerProducer
Dennis the Menace1993producerProducer
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York1992producerProducer
Curly Sue1991producerProducer
Only the Lonely1991producerProducer
Career Opportunities1991producerProducer
Home Alone1990producerProducer
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation1989producerProducer
Uncle Buck1989producerProducer
The Great Outdoors1988executive producerProducer
She’s Having a Baby1988producerProducer
Planes, Trains & Automobiles1987producerProducer
Some Kind of Wonderful1987producerProducer
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off1986producerProducer
Pretty in Pink1986executive producerProducer
The Breakfast Club1985producerProducer
Curly Sue1991Director
Uncle Buck1989Director
She’s Having a Baby1988Director
Planes, Trains & Automobiles1987Director
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off1986Director
Weird Science1985Director
The Breakfast Club1985Director
Sixteen Candles1984Director
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off1986Guy Running Between Cabs (uncredited)Actor
The Breakfast Club1985Brian’s Father (uncredited)Actor
Class Reunion1982‘Girl’ with Paper Bag on Head (uncredited)Actor
Planes, Trains & Automobiles1987writer: “I Can Take Anything” 1987Soundtrack
National Lampoon’s Vacation1983lyrics: “Walley World National Anthem”Soundtrack
At Ease1983TV Series creative consultant – 1 episodeMiscellaneous
Flashback Museum2017Video short thanksThanks
The Goldbergs2015TV Series dedicated to – 1 episodeThanks
The Truth About You2014very special thanksThanks
Out of Print2014/IDocumentary the director would like to thankThanks
First Period2013special thanksThanks
A Place to Call His Own2013Documentary inspirationThanks
Jobriath A.D.2012Documentary special thanksThanks
Edición Especial Coleccionista2012TV Series in memory of – 1 episodeThanks
Hughes the Force2011Short thanks: thank you for inspiring generations of peopleThanks
Don’t You Forget About Me2010Short in memory ofThanks
Darren & Abbey2010in memory ofThanks
One Tree Hill2010TV Series in memory of – 1 episodeThanks
Skateland2010in memory ofThanks
Jelly2010in memory ofThanks
Spud2009Short in memory ofThanks
Don’t You Forget About Me2009Video documentary in memory ofThanks
Big Tingz2009Short in memory ofThanks
Community2009TV Series in memoriam – 1 episodeThanks
Laia Laiona2007Short in tribute toThanks
Madison Class of ’642006Short a tribute to the genius ofThanks
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHimselfSelf
Biography1995TV Series documentaryHimselfSelf
Hal Roach: Hollywood’s King of Laughter1994TV Movie documentaryHimselfSelf
A Menace Named Dennis1993TV Movie documentaryHimselfSelf
The Making of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York1992TV Movie documentaryHimselfSelf
The Insider2017TV SeriesHimselfArchive Footage
Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHimselfArchive Footage
DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story of the National Lampoon2015DocumentaryHimself / WriterArchive Footage
The Greatest 80s Movies2014TV Movie documentaryHimself (1986)Archive Footage
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself – Special Memorial TributeArchive Footage
Teen spirit: Les ados à Hollywood2009TV Movie documentaryHimselfArchive Footage

John Wilden Hughes, Jr. Awards

1991ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USAProducer of the YearWon
1991ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USAProducer of the YearNominated