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Brat Pack & friends remember John Hughes

Macaulay Culkin
“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.”

(Appeared in “Home Alone,” “Home Alone 2" and “Uncle Buck.”) (Don Smetzer / 20th Century Fox)
Jon Cryer
“This is a horrible tragedy. He was an amazing man to work for and with. 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.”

(Appeared in “Pretty in Pink.”) (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)
Judd Apatow
“I feel like a part of my childhood has died. Nobody made me laugh harder or more often than John Hughes

(As the top comedy writer-director-producer in Hollywood currently, Apatow shares a similar stature John Hughes held in the ‘80s.) (Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Molly Ringwald
“I was stunned and incredibly sad to hear about the death of John Hughes. He was and will always be such an important part of my life. He will be missed — by me and by everyone that he has touched. My heart and all my thoughts are with his family now.”

(Appeared in “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles.”) (Universal Studios)
Matthew Broderick
“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.”

(Appeared in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”) (Paramount Pictures)
Steve Martin
“ John Hughes was a great director, but his gift was in screenwriting. He created deep and complex characters, rich in humanity and humor.”

(Appeared in “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”) (Joyce Rudolph)
Ben Stein
“It’s incredibly sad. 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.”

(Appeared in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” as told to Fox Business) (Marina Chavez / Associated Press)
Howie Deutch (pictured with Lea Thompson)
I was fortunate enough to have been a friend and colleague of John Hughes at his most prolific time. He was responsible for giving me my start as a director, but more importantly, inspired and challenged me to make creative choices that were the hallmark of his writing, truthful, daring, and human. The world of film has lost a giant, but I have lost a mentor and a friend.

(Directed “Pretty in Pink,” “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “The Great Outdoors.”) (Alex Berliner / Berliner Studio)
Judd Nelson | 1985
“John always treated me with respect and consideration. 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.”

(Appeared in “The Breakfast Club,” as told to MTV News) (Universal / The Kobal Collection)
Kevin Bacon
“I will always cherish the time I spent with John Hughes.I was so grateful for the opportunity to walk around in his shoes and try to see the world through through his brilliant eyes. Sharing his films with my kids over the years I can see the timelessness of his work.”

(Appeared in “She’s Having a Baby,” as told to People magazine) (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Bill Paxton
“He took a tremendous chance on me. Like Orson Welles, he was a boy wonder, a director’s director, a writer’s writer, a filmmaker’s filmmaker. He was one of the giants.”

(Appeared in “Weird Science,” as told to People magazine)  (Jason Merritt / Getty Images)
Gedde Watanabe
“I don’t think there is enough I can say about John. He was a wonderful man and a gifted writer and director. I would not have had a career in film if he had not invited me to the party. I know that I’m not the only one that will miss him dearly. My prayers go out to his family.”

(Appeared in “Sixteen Candles”) (Universal Pictures)