Currently alive, at 71 years of age.
1950 – He was born on the 18th day of February of this year in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1966 – When Hughes was 16, he visited a Zen temple, hoping to study and learn the truths of the universe. However, a screaming monk whom he had annoyed reportedly threw him out.
1968 – He graduated at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Illinois, Hughes used Northbrook and the surrounding North Shore area for shooting locations in many of his films. He started out as a writer for the National Lampoon Magazine, and his first film, Class Reunion, was the first of many of his National Lampoon movies.
1983 – He wrote, but did not direct, the three Vacation movies released under the National Lampoon banner, the original National Lampoon’s Vacation in this year, 1985’s European Vacation, and 1989’s Christmas Vacation (which he co-produced).
1987 – To avoid being pigeonhole as a maker of teen comedies, Hughes branched out in this year, directing what many perceive to be his funniest film: Planes, Trains & Automobiles starring Steve Martin and John Candy.
1990 – His greatest commercial success came with Home Alone, a film he wrote and produced about a mischievous child (played by Macaulay Culkin). Home Alone would be the top grossing film of this year, and remains the most successful live-action comedy of all time.
1991 – Hughes has not directed a film since this year movie “Curly Sue”.