John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 - March 4, 1994) was a Canadian comedian and actor. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Candy was a member of Toronto's The Second City comedy troupe and gained widespread North American popularity when, in 1977, he became a cast member on the influential Toronto-based TV comedy-variety show, SCTV (Second City Television).
From there he went on to star in such Hollywood movies as Splash, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Spaceballs and Uncle Buck. He typically played characters who, while they lived somewhat seedy lives, often had their hearts in the right place. Candy was a true comic genius and this lay in his ability to portray an "everyman" that all in the audience could identify with. Candy was also a dramatic actor and appeared in films like JFK and The Silent Partner.
In the 1980s, Candy also appeared in an HBO spoof documentary titled The Canadian Conspiracy about the supposed subversion of the United States by Canadian-born media personalities.
In the early 1990's, Candy recorded a voice for the movie The Magic 7. However, this movie stayed in production for a very long time, due to animation difficulties and production delays. It was shelved until the early 21st century, where it is due to be released in 2004, ten years after the actor's death.
John Candy died at the age of 43 of a heart attack while filming on location in Durango, Mexico, for the movie Wagons East. He had been warned several times by his doctors to cut his weight due to his genetic predisposition to heart disease from which his father had died but he refused, stating that his portly frame was what gave him his film roles.
His funeral, held at St. Michael's Cathedral, was broadcast live on television across Canada. He is interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California.
He is an inductee of Canada's Walk of Fame.
Hercules in New York (1970)
Class of '44 (1973)
Last Bride of Salem (TV) (1974)
Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins (TV series) (1974)
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (1975)
Coming Up Rosie (TV series) (1975)
Tunnel Vision (1976)
The Clown Murders (1976)
Find The Lady (1976)
Second City TV (TV series) (1976)
The Silent Partner (1978)
Lost and Found (1979)
The Courage of Kavik, the Wolf Dog (TV) (1980)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Double Negative (1980)
SCTV Network 90 (TV series) (1981)
Tales Of The Klondike (TV series) (1981)
Heavy Metal (1981)
National Lampoon's Vacation (aka Vacation) (1983)
Going Berserk (1983)
The Last Polka (TV) (1984)
Brewster's Millions (1985)
Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird (1985)
Summer Rental (1985)
The Canadian Conspiracy (TV) (1985)
Armed and Dangerous (1986)
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Really Weird Tales (TV) (1987)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
She's Having a Baby (cameo) (1988)
The Great Outdoors (1988)
Hot To Trot (voice) (1988)
Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)
Speed Zone! (aka Cannonball Fever/Cannonball Run 3) (1989)
Uncle Buck (1989)
The Rocket Boy (TV) (1989)
Home Alone (1990)
The Rescuers Down Under (voice) (1990)
Masters of Menace (1990)
Nothing But Trouble (1991)
Career Opportunities (1991)
Only The Lonely (1991)
Once Upon a Crime (1992)
Boris and Natasha (1992)
Rookie of the Year (1993)
Cool Runnings (1993)
Hostage for a Day (TV) (1994)
Wagons East (1994)
Canadian Bacon (1995)
The Magic 7 (voice, recorded in the 1990's) (2004)