He made some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and 1990s, including National Lampoon's Vacation, Ferris Bueller's Day Off (which he wrote in 2 days over a July 4th holiday), Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Home Alone.
Known as the "Brat Pack" – a term coined in a 1985 New York magazine feature on the then-rising Hughes and the cast of his coming-of-age comedies – the writer-director-producer's stable of fresh-faced performers included such now-household names as Sean Penn, Steve Carell, Macaulay Culkin, Matthew Broderick, Jon Cryer, Charlie Sheen, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, John Cusack, Emilio Estevez, Andrew McCarthy, Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy, among others.
I own many of his movies and to this day The Breakfast Club is one of my all time favorites. His interpretation of the 80's teen shaped my adolescence. Rest in peace.