John Candy

Actor, Writer, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/31/1950 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (71)

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

American Heroes & Legends 1992 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Canadian Bacon 1995 (Movie)

Sheriff Bud Boomer (Actor)

Wagons East! 1994 (Movie)

James Harlow (Actor)

Camp Candy 1989 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Cool Runnings 1993 (Movie)

Irv Blitzer (Actor)

Inside America's Totally Unsolved Lifestyles 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Montreal International Comedy Festival '93 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's Cross-Country Christmas 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon A Crime 1992 (Movie)

Augie Morosco (Actor)

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

Career Opportunities 1991 (Movie)

(uncredited) Store Manager (Actor)

Delirious 1991 (Movie)

Jack Gable (Actor)

J.F.K. 1991 (Movie)

Dean Andrews (Actor)

Nothing But Trouble 1991 (Movie)

Dennis (Actor)

Only the Lonely 1991 (Movie)

Danny Muldoon (Actor)

Seriously... Phil Collins 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Home Alone 1990 (Movie)

Gus Polinski (Actor)

Masters of Menace 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Presenter

The All-Star Pro Sports Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (05/28/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The R.A.C.E. 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rescuers Down Under 1990 (Movie)

of Wilbur (Voice)

Who Shrunk Saturday Morning? 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Coca-Cola Presents Live: The Hard Rock 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie Gleason: The Great One 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Speed Zone 1989 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The Best of SCTV 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Uncle Buck 1989 (Movie)

Uncle Buck (Actor)

Who's Harry Crumb? 1989 (Movie)

Harry Crumb (Actor)

Hot to Trot 1988 (Movie)

of Don (Voice)

Sesame Street, Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The Great Outdoors 1988 (Movie)

Chet (Actor)

The Montreal International Comedy Festival 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 (Movie)

Del Griffith (Actor)

Spaceballs 1987 (Movie)

Barf (Actor)

Armed and Dangerous 1986 (Movie)

Frank Dooley (Actor)

Comic Relief 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Shop of Horrors 1986 (Movie)

Wink Wilkinson (Actor)

Martin Short Concert For the North Americas 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

Brewster's Millions 1985 (Movie)

Spike Nolan (Actor)

Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird 1985 (Movie)

State Trooper (Actor)

Summer Rental 1985 (Movie)

Jack Chester (Actor)

The Canadian Conspiracy 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Second City 25th Anniversary Special 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Volunteers 1985 (Movie)

Tom Tuttle from Tacoma (Actor)

SCTV Network 1977 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Splash 1984 (Movie)

Freddie Bauer (Actor)

The New Show 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to the Fun Zone 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Going Berserk 1983 (Movie)

John Bourgignon (Actor)

National Lampoon's Vacation 1983 (Movie)

Lasky (Actor)

It Came From Hollywood 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Heavy Metal 1981 (Movie)

of Dan (Voice)

Stripes 1981 (Movie)

Dewey Oxberger-- (Actor)

The Blues Brothers 1980 (Movie)

Burton Mercer (Actor)

The Courage of Kavik, the Wolf Dog 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

1941 1979 (Movie)

Foley (Actor)

Lost and Found 1979 (Movie)

Carpentier (Actor)

The Silent Partner 1977 (Movie)

Simonsen (Actor)

The Clown Murders 1975 (Movie)

Ollie (Actor)

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time 1974 (Movie)

Kopek (Actor)

Big City Comedy (TV Show)

Actor

Hostage For a Day (TV Show)

Actor

Really Weird Tales (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Polka (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Who's Harry Crumb? 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

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.

Relationships

Sidney Candy

Father

Evangeline Candy

Mother

Jennifer Candy

Daughter
appeared with father in "Camp Candy" (1989) mother, Rosemary

Christopher Candy

Son
appeared with father in "Camp Candy" (1989) mother, Rosemary

Rosemary Hobor

Wife
married on April 27, 1979 married until his death in 1994

EDUCATION

Centennial Community College

Toronto, Ontario 1969 - 1971

Milestones

1995

Final released feature, "Canadian Bacon"

1994

Directing debut, "Hostage For A Day", a Fox TV-movie (also acted); did not air until April 1994, after Candy's death

1989

Feature executive producing debut, "Who's Harry Crumb?" (Also starred)

1985

TV executive producing debut, "The Last Polka", an HBO comedy special (also starred)

1983

First starring role, "Going Berserk"

1973

Feature film debut, "The Class of '44"

1972

Member of Second City Comedy Troupe, Chicago (along with John Belushi, Shelley Long, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray)

1970

First met Dan Aykroyd through Toronto underground theater scene

1970

Appeared in satirical revue, "Creeps" in Toronto

First professional job, with children's theater group

TV debut as performer and writer, "Second City TV"

Hosted and co-wrote "Radio Kandy", a syndicated rock-and-comedy radio show broadcast over 300 stations

Starred in Saturday morning TV series, "Camp Kandy", (appeared live and as a voice)

Began acting while in 11th grade

Worked as performer and writer, "SCTV Network 90"

Joined Second City Comedy Troupe in Toronto

Bonus Trivia

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Candy invested in the launch of the House of Blues restaurant/concert venues launched by Akyroyd.

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

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In 1991, he had partnered with hockey legend Wayne Gretsky and an investor to purchase the Toronto Argonauts football team, who enjoyed Grey Cup victory their first year under his ownership.

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In May of 2006 Candy was honored with a commemorative stamp in his native Canada.

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