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Jon Cryer, Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Pretty in Pink

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You didn't have to be a Brat Packer to identify with the characters' in John Hughes' movies. Really, you just had to have feelings.

Jon Cryer, who crushed hard on Molly Ringwald in the seminal teen romance Pretty in Pink, called Hughes' passing "a horrible tragedy."

"He was an amazing man to work for and with," the Two and a Half Men star, who was barely 21 when he played the penniless yet adorable outcast Duckie, said.

"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."

Another one of those young actors—Macaulay Culkin, who starred in the Hughes-directed Uncle Buck and Hughes-penned Home Alone—was also an all-around fan.

"I was a fan of both his work and a fan of him as a person," he said in a statement. "The world has lost not only a quintessential filmmaker whose influence will be felt for generations, but a great and decent man."

Not unexpectedly, many of the late filmmaker's celebrity fans—many of whom weren't even old enough to join The Breakfast Club at the time—paid their respects Thursday via Twitter. (Which, if it had existed in 1985, would have given the Princess, the Basket Case and the others a much less interesting way to spend their Saturday detention.)

"John Hughs' inconic [sic] films gave a powerful voice to a generation. He will be missed but never forgotten!," tweeted part-time Brat Packer, Demi Moore, who joined Hughes minions such as Ally Sheedy and Emilio Estevez in the Joel Schumacher-directed St. Elmo's Fire.

Others who enjoyed Hughes at a more removed distance:

Shanna Moakler's life was changed by Sixteen Candles.

Rainn Wilson called The Breakfast Club "a revelation to my late teen-age years" and called Hughes his hero.

• True to hipster form, Juno scribe Diablo Cody tweeted that the writer-director was "an idol to this magna-zoom-dweebie."

Denise Richards "grew up watching his movies" and her "heart goes out to his family."

• "Thanks 4 the nostalgia you gave us all," '80s kid Soleil Moon Frye tweeted. She was joined by fellow former child star Alyssa Milano, who duly thanked Hughes for "making my teen years bearable."

• "With him goes my childhood," added Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas, 37, who was exactly the right age to identify with Hughes' brand of cinematic teen angst.

Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes offered up the "life moves pretty fast" quote from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Indeed it does.


Learn more about the man and the filmmaker in our John Hughes obit.