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Also Known As: John Franklin Candy Died: March 4, 1994
Born: October 31, 1950 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, writer, producer

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Canadian funnyman John Candy was known around Hollywood as one of the most amiable, easygoing people to work with. Onscreen, that inherent genial nature combined with his terrific comedic sense created some of most memorable movie characters of the '80s and '90s like "Uncle" Buck Russell and Del Griffith in "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" (1987). Candy first became known to millions in the late '70s as a cast member of the legendary Canadian sketch comedy show "SCTV" (Syndicated, 1977-80, NBC 1981-82, Cinemax, 1983) before going on to enjoy success in dozens of features, including seven for the era's box office comedy king, John Hughes. However, the major talent was capable of far more than increasingly subpar Hollywood offerings, and Candy's frustration manifested itself with excessive eating and heavy smoking. When his life was cut short by a heart attack in 1994 at the age of 43, there was a sense that he had only begun to showcase his real depth as an actor.

Canadian funnyman John Candy was known around Hollywood as one of the most amiable, easygoing people to work with. Onscreen, that inherent genial nature combined with his terrific comedic sense created some of most memorable movie characters of the '80s and '90s like "Uncle" Buck Russell and Del Griffith in "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" (1987). Candy first became known to millions in the late '70s as a cast member of the legendary Canadian sketch comedy show "SCTV" (Syndicated, 1977-80, NBC 1981-82, Cinemax, 1983) before going on to enjoy success in dozens of features, including seven for the era's box office comedy king, John Hughes. However, the major talent was capable of far more than increasingly subpar Hollywood offerings, and Candy's frustration manifested itself with excessive eating and heavy smoking. When his life was cut short by a heart attack in 1994 at the age of 43, there was a sense that he had only begun to showcase his real depth as an actor.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Hostage For a Day (1994) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Canadian Bacon (1995) Sheriff Bud Boomer
2.
 Hostage For a Day (1994) Yuri Petrovich
3.
 Wagons East! (1994) James Harlow
4.
 Cool Runnings (1993) Irv Blitzer
5.
 Once Upon A Crime (1991) Augie Morosco
6.
 Only The Lonely (1991) Danny Muldoon
7.
 Career Opportunities (1991) (Uncredited) Store Manager
8.
 JFK (1991) Dean Andrews
9.
 Delirious (1991) Jack Gable
10.
 Nothing But Trouble (1991) Dennis; Eldona
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Milestones close milestones

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Began acting while in 11th grade
:
First professional job, with children's theater group
1971:
Appeared in satirical revue, "Creeps" in Toronto
1971:
First met Dan Aykroyd through Toronto underground theater scene
1972:
Member of Second City Comedy Troupe, Chicago (along with John Belushi, Shelley Long, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray)
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Joined Second City Comedy Troupe in Toronto
1973:
Feature film debut, "The Class of '44"
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TV debut as performer and writer, "Second City TV"
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Worked as performer and writer, "SCTV Network 90"
1983:
First starring role, "Going Berserk"
1985:
TV executive producing debut, "The Last Polka", an HBO comedy special (also starred)
1989:
Feature executive producing debut, "Who's Harry Crumb?" (Also starred)
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Starred in Saturday morning TV series, "Camp Kandy", (appeared live and as a voice)
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Hosted and co-wrote "Radio Kandy", a syndicated rock-and-comedy radio show broadcast over 300 stations
1994:
Directing debut, "Hostage For A Day", a Fox TV-movie (also acted); did not air until April 1994, after Candy's death
1995:
Final released feature, "Canadian Bacon"
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Education

Centennial Community College: Toronto , Ontario - 1969 - 1971

Notes

Candy was the co-owner (with Bruce McNall and Wayne Gretzky) of the Toronto Argonauts Football Club.

"There's a lot of guys driving cement trucks who will be feeling bad tonight," said writer-producer-director John Hughes, who made many of his comedies with Candy. "He was everybody's Uncle Buck. He played all those little guys that no one gives a damn about. It takes a certain amount of guts to go out in every role and play the fool and bring the kind of voice he did to those seemingly insignificant characters. I don't know who's going to speak for those kind of characters now."

"Of all the people I've ever worked with, he had the biggest heart of them all," said "Splash" producer Brian Grazer. "On a movie set no one was more gracious."

--From "Candy Death Stuns Industry" by Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter, March 7, 1994.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Rosemary Margaret Hobor. Ceramicist. Married on April 27, 1979; survived him.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Sidney Candy.
mother:
Evangeline Candy.
daughter:
Jennifer Candy.
son:
Christopher Candy.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Laughing on the Outside: The Life of John Candy" St. Martin's Press

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