<i>By Patrick Day, Deborah Netburn and Rebecca Snavely, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers</i><br>
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The young actors and actresses whose careers John Hughes helped launch have continued to grow and thrive. Some of them are still famous enough that we don't need a refresher -- who doesn't know that Matthew Broderick reprised his role as Ferris Bueller in one of this year's biggest Super Bowl ads? But some of the biggest stars of the Hughes era have dropped a bit below the radar in recent years. Over 28 years since the premiere of the first feature Hughes directed, "Sixteen Candles," we catch up with Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson and others.

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By Patrick Day, Deborah Netburn and Rebecca Snavely, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

The young actors and actresses whose careers John Hughes helped launch have continued to grow and thrive. Some of them are still famous enough that we don't need a refresher -- who doesn't know that Matthew Broderick reprised his role as Ferris Bueller in one of this year's biggest Super Bowl ads? But some of the biggest stars of the Hughes era have dropped a bit below the radar in recent years. Over 28 years since the premiere of the first feature Hughes directed, "Sixteen Candles," we catch up with Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson and others.

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