1980's cult film director John Hughes is Dead. John Hughes' coming-of-age films filled with teen angst defined the 80's for many Generation X'ers. He launched and/or solidified the careers of many stars including Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Matthew Broderick, Macaulay Culkin, and Anthony Michael Hall. His films included The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Pretty in Pink, National Lampoon's Vacation, and Home Alone.
Ben Stein, who said the iconic "Bueller, Bueller,...Anyone?" in Hughes' film Ferris Bueller's Day Off had this to say about his friend, "
He made a better connection with young people than anyone in Hollywood had
ever made before or since," Stein said on Fox Business Network. "It's incredibly
sad. He was a wonderful man, a genius, a poet. I don't think anyone has come
close to him as being the poet of the youth of America in the postwar period. He
was to them what Shakespeare was to the Elizabethan Age."