I noted in the WSJ today that John Hughes died at the age of 59. A heart attack while he was walking with his family. Guys my age have seen Ferris on his day of rest dozens of times by now. Of course we feel more like Steve Martin in Planes, Trains and Automobiles now. I hate to say it but I bet, as a percentage of a director's work, I have seen a higher percentage of his than just about any other director. Weird Science holds up better than the "Breakfast Club" from which the title is taken but overall even the date movies were pretty good.
He just stopped making movies ten years ago it seemed. Spent time with his wife of more than 30 years, his kids, and remained, stunningly, a Republican.
Ben Stein-who he made famous forever-writes a moving piece on him above.