Actors in John Hughes movies
Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, John Hughes produced and directed some of the funniest movies of the era. Although these movies were both box office and critical successes at the time, John Hughes’ movies have withstood the test of time and most are still considered classics today. Credited for working primarily with children and teenage actors, Hughes also made a number of movies starring adult actors. Take a look back at the top three actors who appeared in multiple John Hughes movies.
3. John Candy
After making a number of popular movies with younger actors, John Hughes branched into adult comedies with the uproariously hilarious “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” in 1987. Rated R, the movie starred veteran actors John Candy and Steve Martin. Candy, a former TV actor who had appeared in a number of movies with smaller roles, achieved one of his greatest roles in John Hughes’ film.
John Hughes was so impressed with Candy’s work that he was cast to star in “Uncle Buck” just two years later. This film was more along the lines of Hughes’ previous comedies with its PG rating and child actors. Both movies were commercially successful and received high praise from critics. Although each movie had a budget of only $15 million, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” earned $48 million in the U.S. while “Uncle Buck” earned $63 million.
2. Anthony Michael Hall
One of the two actors most closely associated with John Hughes, Anthony Michael Hall appeared in Hughes’ first directorial effort, “Sixteen Candles” in 1984. Primarily a vehicle for Molly Ringwald, Hall steals virtually every scene and his performance is memorable even today. Hall seamlessly moves from playing a geek to also offering relationship advice to a jock. Recognizing the actor’s genius, John Hughes cast Hall in two more movies.
John Hughes’ follow-up effort to “Sixteen Candles” was “The Breakfast Club” in 1985. This film was more dramatic and is considered by some to be John Hughes’ greatest movie. However, Anthony Michael Hall was once again cast as the nerd, as he was in “Weird Science” that same year. By then, the actor had begun to grow out of the geeky role. But Anthony Michael Hall will always be loved by his fans for his outstanding work in John Hughes’ movies.
1. Molly Ringwald
No actor is more closely tied to John Hughes’ films than Molly Ringwald. After securing minor roles in TV series and movies, Ringwald’s first major performance came in “Sixteen Candles.” Her effort gave tremendous depth to her character and established her as one of the greatest teen actors of the ’80s. Like Anthony Michael Hall, she also starred in John Hughes’ next film “The Breakfast Club.”
Throughout the rest of the decade, Ringwald continued to star in a number of successful teen movies. Although Anthony Michael Hall played the same type of character in his three John Hughes’ movies, Ringwald effortlessly moved from one role to the next. Despite her acclaimed work, Ringwald starred in very few movies after the ’80s. However, her moving roles make Molly Ringwald the greatest actor to appear in John Hughes movies.
“Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” yahoo.com
“Uncle Buck,” yahoo.com
“Sixteen Candles,” yahoo.com
“The Breakfast Club,” yahoo.com
“Weird Science,” yahoo.com