When we think of John Hughes, who died on August 6 at the age of 59, we think, of course, of his movies: the '80s teen classics he directed that we know by heart ('Sixteen Candles,' 'The Breakfast Club,' 'Weird Science,' 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'), and the many others he wrote, but didn't direct ('Pretty in Pink,' 'Some Kind of Wonderful,' 'Home Alone'). To those who grew up in the '80s, he felt less like a Hollywood figure than a friend who knew you better than most adults ever could.
Hughes was also a mentor who shepherded the Brat Pack to stardom. And it wasn't only leads like Molly Ringwald and Matthew Broderick who owed their careers to Hughes; actors like Robert Downey Jr., John Cusack and even Steve Carell all found early work with the director who clearly possessed both an ear for teen-speak and an eye for talent.
As the news of Hughes' death sinks in, fans aren't the only ones mourning. Take a look at the extended John Hughes family, the many actors and directors whose careers the director launched.
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