Over the twenty-five year career of writer, director, and producer John Hughes, he made quite an impression on everyone he worked with. Spanning from Molly Ringwald to Charlie Sheen, many performers have been touched by his talent. Slowly but surely people are releasing statements of support for Hughes and his family.
Check out what his peers had to say.
“I am truly shocked and saddened by the news about my old friend John Hughes. He was a wonderful, very talented guy and my heart goes out to his family,” Broderick said.” [Yahoo News]
Macaulay Culkin (star of 1990’s Home Alone):
“I was a fan of both his work and a fan of him as a person. The world has lost not only a quintessential filmmaker whose influence will be felt for generations, but a great and decent man.” [EW]
Jeffrey Jones (played Dean Edward R. Rooney in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off):
“I’m just shocked and surprised and really sad that John is gone, because I know that he had more in him.” [EW]
Judd Apatow (director,writer, producer)
“I feel like a part of my childhood has died. Nobody made me laugh harder or more often than John Hughes,” [Variety]
Molly Ringwald (actress, 1984′s Sixteen Candles, 1985 Breakfast Club, 1986′s Pretty in Pink)
“He was and will always be such an important part of my life,” she said of the man who directed her in Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. “He will be missed—by me and by everyone that he has touched. My heart and all my thoughts are with his family now.”
Jon Cryer (co-starred in Pretty in Pink)
“He was an amazing man to work for and with,” the Two and a Half Men star, who was barely 21 when he played the penniless yet adorable outcast Duckie, said.
“He respected young actors in a way that made you realize you had to step up your game because you were playing in the big leagues now. That’s why he got such great performances out of his actors. My heart goes out to his wife Nancy and their children.”
Demi Moore (actress, part-time Brat Pack member)
“John Hughs’ inconic [sic] films gave a powerful voice to a generation. He will be missed but never forgotten!”
Rainn Wilson (actor, The Office)
The Breakfast Club was “a revelation to my late teenage years” and called Hughes his hero.
Rob Thomas (musician, producer)
“With him goes my childhood.”
Diablo Cody (screenwriter)
He was “an idol to this magna-zoom-dweebie.”
Shonda Rhimes (creator, writer for Grey’s Anatomy)
“Life moves pretty fast” quote from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Steve Martin (star of 1987′s Planes, Trains And Automobiles)
“John Hughes was a great director, but his gift was in screenwriting. He created deep and complex characters, rich in humanity and humor.” [AccessHollywood]
Judd Nelson (actor, The Breakfast Club)
He had “a profoundly meaningful and lasting effect on my life as an actor, and as a young man. John always treated me with respect and consideration,” Nelson continued. “He encouraged a real and active collaboration; he was most generous with his insight. … My heart breaks for his family. … I know many people whose lives were touched by John will be saddened today. I know I am.”
Ben Stein (actor, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
“It’s incredibly sad,” the actor/economist said. “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.”
We’ll update you with more reactions as the story develops.