John Wilden Hughes, Jr. was born on 18 February 1950, in New York City USA. He was a producer, screenwriter and director, best known for various successful comedy films during the 1980s and 1990s, including “Pretty in Pink”, “Home Alone”, and “Weird Science”. All of his efforts helped raise his net worth to where it was prior to his passing in 2009.
How rich was John Hughes? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that was at $150 million, mostly earned through the financial successes he had from his films. Aside from making good movies, John was also responsible for helping several actors get a head start in their careers. He also worked as a screenwriter for other films, and all of these efforts ensured the position of his wealth.
John Hughes Net Worth $150 Million Dollars
As a child, John and his family moved a lot. He attended high school in Chicago, and started to find inspiration from various artists such as The Beatles, Picasso, and Bob Dylan. He then moved to Illinois, where he attended Glenbrook North High School, following which he enrolled at the University of Arizona, but dropped out.
He started to work as a writer, selling jokes and then found a job as an advertising copywriter at Needham, Harper & Steers. In 1974, he moved to Leo Burnett Worldwide, continuing to work on advertising. While doing this job, he would start getting inspiration for future films he would make. The first screenplay that he was credited with was entitled “Class Reunion” which, however, was a disaster. He then wrote “National Lampoon’s Vacation”, which would become a huge success. After that film, he wrote “Mr. Mom”, and would soon get a movie deal with Universal Studios.
In 1984, he made his directorial debut in the film “Sixteen Candies” which was a depiction of upper middle class high school life. From then on, John focussed a lot on the environment, making films such as “The Breakfast Club”, “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. In order to avoid being type cast to high school films, he then directed “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” starring John Candy and Steve Martin, so lifting his net worth.
John continued to make films, some of which weren’t that well received, but one of his biggest successes would be “Home Alone”, about a child who was accidentally left behind for Christmas, and has to defend his house from inept burglars. The film became the highest grossing in 1990, and is considered one of the best comedies of all time. John’s last film as a director was “Curly Sue” which was released in 1991.
Hughes then went back to screenwriting under the pseudonym Edmond Dantes, a character based on the book “The Count of Monte Cristo”. During this period, he wrote “Drillbit Taylor”, “Maid in Manhattan” and the “Beethoven” series. A few years later, he would retire from public life, rarely even giving interviews.
For his personal life, he was married to Nancy from 1970, and they had two sons. On the morning of 6 August 2009, John suffered a heart attack while walking. He was rushed to hospital but soon passed away. Many organizations, television shows and even the Academy Awards commemorated Hughes’ work.
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.