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Anthony Michael Hall

John Hughes, 1950-2009

John Hughes, the Michigan-born director of ’80s teen comedies including Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, has died of a heart attack in Manhattan. He was 59.

Hughes, who rose to fame in the early ’80s on the strength of his script for National Lampoon's Vacation, made his directorial debut in 1984 with Sixteen Candles. He was largely instrumental in launching the careers of John Cusack, Anthony Michael Hall, Macauley Culkin and Molly Ringwald.

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