John Candy

John Candy

Gender: Male
Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1950-10-31
Deathday: 1994-03-04 (43 years old)

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John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian actor and comedian known mainly for his work in Hollywood films. Candy rose to fame in the 1970s as a member of the Toronto branch of the Second City and its Second City Television (SCTV) series, and through his appearances in comedy films, including Stripes, Splash, Cool Runnings, Summer Rental, The Great Outdoors, Spaceballs, and Uncle Buck, as well as more dramatic roles in Only the Lonely and JFK. One of his most renowned onscreen performances was as Del Griffith, the talkative shower-curtain ring salesman in the John Hughes comedy film Planes, Trains and Automobiles.In addition to his work as an actor, Candy was a co-owner of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL), and the team won the 1991 Grey Cup under his ownership. Candy died in 1994 at the age of 43. His final two film appearances, Wagons East and Canadian Bacon, are dedicated to his memory.

Personal Life

Candy and his wife, Rosemary Hobor, had two children, Christopher Michael and Jennifer Anne.Candy admitted that he suffered from severe anxiety and panic attacks.

Early Life

Candy was born on October 31, 1950, in Newmarket, Ontario. The son of Sidney James Candy (1920-1955) and Evangeline (née Aker) (1916-2009) Candy, he was brought up in a working-class Catholic family. His childhood home was 217 Woodville Ave in East York, Ontario. Candy's mother was of Polish descent.: 19 His father died of complications of heart disease at age 35 in 1955 when John was five years old.Candy studied at Neil McNeil Catholic High School in Toronto. He wanted to become a football player long before acting was a consideration, but a knee injury prevented him from playing. He later enrolled in Centennial College to study journalism, and then went to McMaster University. He started acting while at college.

Filmography

All 79

Movies 67

Self 17

TV shows 12

Writter 3

Director 1

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
Catherine O'Hara: All of Us Shine (2021)

Catherine O'Hara: All of Us Shine (2021)

Movie
Self (archive)
John Candy: Behind Closed Doors (2020)

John Candy: Behind Closed Doors (2020)

Movie
Self / Actor (archive footage)
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015)

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015)

Movie
(archive footage)
Mel Brooks: Make a Noise (2013)

Mel Brooks: Make a Noise (2013)

Movie
Self / Sheriff Bud Boomer / Jack Gable
John Candy: Comic Spirit (2005)

John Candy: Comic Spirit (2005)

Movie
Self
Making a 'Splash' (2004)

Making a 'Splash' (2004)

Movie
Self
Imagining 'Heavy Metal' (1999)

Imagining 'Heavy Metal' (1999)

Movie
Sheriff Bud Boomer
Canadian Bacon (1995)

Canadian Bacon (1995)

Movie
James Harlow
Wagons East! (1994)

Wagons East! (1994)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! (1994)

Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! (1994)

Movie
Director
Hostage for a Day (1994)

Hostage for a Day (1994)

Movie
Irv
Cool Runnings (1993)

Cool Runnings (1993)

Movie
6.29
Cliff Murdoch - Announcer (uncredited)
Rookie of the Year (1993)

Rookie of the Year (1993)

Movie
5
Kalishak
Boris and Natasha (1992)

Boris and Natasha (1992)

Movie
Augie Morosco
Once Upon a Crime (1992)

Once Upon a Crime (1992)

Movie
6
Dean Andrews
JFK (1991)

JFK (1991)

Movie
5.92
Jack Gable
Delirious (1991)

Delirious (1991)

Movie
Danny Muldoon
Only the Lonely (1991)

Only the Lonely (1991)

Movie
6
C.D. Marsh (uncredited)
Career Opportunities (1991)

Career Opportunities (1991)

Movie
Dennis / Eldona
Nothing but Trouble (1991)

Nothing but Trouble (1991)

Movie
5.68
Gus Polinski
Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone (1990)

Movie
6.49
Wilbur
The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

Movie
6.67
Beer Truck Driver
Masters of Menace (1990)

Masters of Menace (1990)

Movie
Self
Donald der Superstar (1990)

Donald der Superstar (1990)

Movie
Self
Who Shrunk Saturday Morning? (1989)

Who Shrunk Saturday Morning? (1989)

Movie
Self
Camp Candy (1989)

Camp Candy (1989)

TV show
Buck Russell
Uncle Buck (1989)

Uncle Buck (1989)

Movie
5.73
Rocket Boy (1989)

Rocket Boy (1989)

Movie
Charlie Cronan
Speed Zone (1989)

Speed Zone (1989)

Movie
Harry Crumb
Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)

Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)

Movie
6
Self
Sesame Street: Put Down the Duckie: An All-Star Musical Special (1988)

Sesame Street: Put Down the Duckie: An All-Star Musical Special (1988)

Movie
Writer
The Best of SCTV (1988)

The Best of SCTV (1988)

Movie
Don
Hot to Trot (1988)

Hot to Trot (1988)

Movie
Chet Ripley
The Great Outdoors (1988)

The Great Outdoors (1988)

Movie
6
Chet (uncredited)
She's Having a Baby (1988)

She's Having a Baby (1988)

Movie
Del Griffith
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Movie
6.57
Barf
Spaceballs (1987)

Spaceballs (1987)

Movie
6.1
Howard Jensen (segment "Cursed with Charisma")
Really Weird Tales (1987)

Really Weird Tales (1987)

Movie
Wink Wilkinson
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Movie
7
Frank Dooley
Armed and Dangerous (1986)

Armed and Dangerous (1986)

Movie
4
Wallace Osgood
The Incredible Time-Travels of Henry Osgood (1986)

The Incredible Time-Travels of Henry Osgood (1986)

Movie
Self
Tears Are Not Enough (1985)

Tears Are Not Enough (1985)

Movie
Tom Tuttle from Tacoma
Volunteers (1985)

Volunteers (1985)

Movie
5.92
Jack Chester
Summer Rental (1985)

Summer Rental (1985)

Movie
6
State Trooper
Follow That Bird (1985)

Follow That Bird (1985)

Movie
9
Spike Nolan
Brewster's Millions (1985)

Brewster's Millions (1985)

Movie
5.84
Yosh Shmenge / Pa Shmenge
The Last Polka (1985)

The Last Polka (1985)

Movie
Various
The Canadian Conspiracy (1985)

The Canadian Conspiracy (1985)

Movie
Marcel
Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas (1985)

Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas (1985)

Movie
Freddie Bauer
Splash (1984)

Splash (1984)

Movie
6.67
Various / Chris Serling / Luciano Pavarotti
The New Show (1984)

The New Show (1984)

TV show
John Bourgignon
Going Berserk (1983)

Going Berserk (1983)

Movie
Lasky, Guard at Walleyworld
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

Movie
5.65
Self
It Came from Hollywood (1982)

It Came from Hollywood (1982)

Movie
Writer
Rome, Italian Style (1982)

Rome, Italian Style (1982)

Movie
Late Night with David Letterman (1982)

Late Night with David Letterman (1982)

TV show
8.33
Himself
The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour (1982)

The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour (1982)

TV show
Desk Sergeant (segment "Harry Canyon") / Dan (segment "Den") / Den (segment "Den")
Heavy Metal (1981)

Heavy Metal (1981)

Movie
9.5
Ox
Stripes (1981)

Stripes (1981)

Movie
4.83
Various / Johnny LaRue / Zontar
SCTV Network 90 (1981)

SCTV Network 90 (1981)

TV show
3.5
Writer
Big City Comedy (1980)

Big City Comedy (1980)

TV show
Burton Mercer
The Blues Brothers (1980)

The Blues Brothers (1980)

Movie
7.2
John
Double Negative (1980)

Double Negative (1980)

Movie
Pinky
Kavik the Wolf Dog (1980)

Kavik the Wolf Dog (1980)

Movie
Pvt. Foley
1941 (1979)

1941 (1979)

Movie
6
Carpentier
Lost and Found (1979)

Lost and Found (1979)

Movie
Simonsen
The Silent Partner (1978)

The Silent Partner (1978)

Movie
Kopek
Find the Lady (1976)

Find the Lady (1976)

Movie
Various / Johnny LaRue
Second City Television (1976)

Second City Television (1976)

TV show
Ollie
The Clown Murders (1976)

The Clown Murders (1976)

Movie
Cooper
Tunnel Vision (1976)

Tunnel Vision (1976)

Movie
Self - Host / Various
Saturday Night Live (1975)

Saturday Night Live (1975)

TV show
6.36
Kopek
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (1975)

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (1975)

Movie
Paule
Class of '44 (1973)

Class of '44 (1973)

Movie
The David Steinberg Show (1972)

The David Steinberg Show (1972)

TV show
Production Assistant
Foxy Lady (1971)

Foxy Lady (1971)

Movie
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)

TV show
6
Himself - Host
Young Comedians

Young Comedians

TV show
Self - Narrator (segment "Blumpoe the Grumpoe Meets Arnold the Cat")
Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories

TV show

Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1950-10-31

Deathday
1994-03-04 (43 years old)

Birth name
John Franklin Candy

Place of birth
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

Children
Jennifer Candy

Citizenships
Canada

Awards
Earle Grey Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program, Canada's Walk of Fame

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Jim Belushi worked together with John Candy in:
6 Movies
1 TV shows
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5 Movies
1 TV shows
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Michael Short worked together with John Candy in:
4 Movies
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John Blanchard
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4 Movies
1 TV shows
Paul Flaherty
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Paul Flaherty worked together with John Candy in:
4 Movies
1 TV shows
Elmer Bernstein
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Elmer Bernstein worked together with John Candy in:
5 Movies
Robin Duke
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Robin Duke worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
2 TV shows
Valri Bromfield
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Valri Bromfield worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
2 TV shows
Rhea Perlman
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Rhea Perlman worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
2 TV shows
Ivan Reitman
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Ivan Reitman worked together with John Candy in:
5 Movies
Bill Murray
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Bill Murray worked together with John Candy in:
4 Movies
1 TV shows
Kevin Bacon
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Kevin Bacon worked together with John Candy in:
4 Movies
1 TV shows
Don Lake
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Don Lake worked together with John Candy in:
5 Movies
Frank Oz
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Frank Oz worked together with John Candy in:
5 Movies
Ric Waite
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Ric Waite worked together with John Candy in:
4 Movies
Wylie Stateman
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Wylie Stateman worked together with John Candy in:
4 Movies
Dick Blasucci
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Dick Blasucci worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
John Belushi
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John Belushi worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Bill Pullman
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Bill Pullman worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Christopher Guest
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Christopher Guest worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Macaulay Culkin
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Macaulay Culkin worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Larry Hankin
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Larry Hankin worked together with John Candy in:
4 Movies
Joe Pesci
John Candy
Joe Pesci worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
John Larroquette
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John Larroquette worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Brian Doyle-Murray
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Brian Doyle-Murray worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Joan Rivers
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Joan Rivers worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Tom Hanks
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Tom Hanks worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
1 TV shows
Dan M. Rich
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Dan M. Rich worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
John W. Corso
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John W. Corso worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Trevor Williams
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Trevor Williams worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Donald Peterman
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Donald Peterman worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Ben Nye Jr.
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Ben Nye Jr. worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Stephen M. Katz
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Stephen M. Katz worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
John McAndrew
John Candy
John McAndrew worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Anne Murray
John Candy
Anne Murray worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
John Hemphill
John Candy
John Hemphill worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Bob McHeady
John Candy
Bob McHeady worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Patrick Whitley
John Candy
Patrick Whitley worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Kenneth Wannberg
John Candy
Kenneth Wannberg worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Martin P. Robinson
John Candy
Martin P. Robinson worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Daniel Goldberg
John Candy
Daniel Goldberg worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Emilio Delgado
John Candy
Emilio Delgado worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Sonia Manzano
John Candy
Sonia Manzano worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Gilda Radner
John Candy
Gilda Radner worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Brian Grazer
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Brian Grazer worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
John Williams
John Candy
John Williams worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Roscoe Orman
John Candy
Roscoe Orman worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Richard Lewis
John Candy
Richard Lewis worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Ray Charles
John Candy
Ray Charles worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Penny Marshall
John Candy
Penny Marshall worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Dick Ziker
John Candy
Dick Ziker worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Buck Henry
John Candy
Buck Henry worked together with John Candy in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
John Voldstad
John Candy
John Voldstad worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Annette Bening
John Candy
Annette Bening worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Paul Simon
John Candy
Paul Simon worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Al Waxman
John Candy
Al Waxman worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Paul Shaffer
John Candy
Paul Shaffer worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
George Wendt
John Candy
George Wendt worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Betty Thomas
John Candy
Betty Thomas worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Jane Curtin
John Candy
Jane Curtin worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Caroll Spinney
John Candy
Caroll Spinney worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Jim Drake
John Candy
Jim Drake worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Ron Howard
John Candy
Ron Howard worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Lawrence Dane
John Candy
Lawrence Dane worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Danny DeVito
John Candy
Danny DeVito worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Kieran Culkin
John Candy
Kieran Culkin worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Raja Gosnell
John Candy
Raja Gosnell worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Sally Kellerman
John Candy
Sally Kellerman worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Jerry Nelson
John Candy
Jerry Nelson worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Steve Martin
John Candy
Steve Martin worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Madeline Kahn
John Candy
Madeline Kahn worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Mel Brooks
John Candy
Mel Brooks worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Jim Henson
John Candy
Jim Henson worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
John Goodman
John Candy
John Goodman worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
George Plimpton
John Candy
George Plimpton worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Tim Matheson
John Candy
Tim Matheson worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
Margot Kidder
John Candy
Margot Kidder worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Paul Reubens
John Candy
Paul Reubens worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Laraine Newman
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Laraine Newman worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Laurie Metcalf
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Laurie Metcalf worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Michael McKean
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Michael McKean worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Jeremy Irons
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Jeremy Irons worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Matthew Broderick
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Matthew Broderick worked together with John Candy in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
John Landis
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John Landis worked together with John Candy in:
3 Movies
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