Writer and director of some of the most successful films of the 1980s and 1990s, including Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles, and Home Alone.
He went to Glenbrook North High School, which would serve as inspiration for his future films. His first job in the movie business was selling jokes to prominent comedians.
He directed John Candy in the 1980s comedies Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Uncle Buck.
He married Nancy Ludwig in 1970 and they had two sons, writer and producer James Hughes and musician John Hughes.
His acclaimed films included breakthrough roles for aspiring new actors such as Judd Nelson, who starred in The Breakfast Club.