Writer-director John Hughes, whose films included Home Alone, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and The Breakfast Club, died Thursday of a heart attack while taking a morning walk in Manhattan. He was 59. In an interview on the Fox business Network, Ben Stein, the commentator and actor who appeared as an economics teacher in Ferris Bueller , observed that Hughes "made a better connection with young people than anyone in Hollywood had ever made before or since."