|John Candy Bio
John Franklin Candy was born in
Toronto, Canada, October 31, 1950. Candy grew up in Scarborough, Canada,
where he was known as an intelligent student and talented football
player at Neil McNeil high school. After graduation, Candy enrolled in a
local community college, where he took a handful of drama courses and
discovered his passion for comedy and acting.
While a student, Candy auditioned for as many bit parts as his time
would allow. After several years of study, he found a position with the
Children's Theater in Ontario, and a small offering of walk-on roles in
local television commercials and small budget Canadian films. Candy's
first ever television performance was at CBC's Toronto headquarters,
where he appeared in the children's classics as "Coming Up
Rosie" and later in "Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins."
In 1977, at the age of 27, John was offered a position with Second City,
a comedic improvisational team based in Chicago. He eagerly accepted,
moving to Illinois, and becoming a regular performer, comedian and
writer for the popular television show, SCTV, also hosted by the group.
Candy became a favorite at the Chicago theatre, on Toronto stages and as
a performer with SCTV. During this same time, Candy auditioned for a
role beside John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the soon-to-be famous film,
"The Blues Brothers." He earned the part, and starred in his
first major film, playing Burton Mercer. By 1981, Candy had won two
Emmy's for his writing work with the show SCTV, appeared in the movie
"Stripes" and "Heavy Metal," and was ready for
Candy put his comedy routines aside and began to concentrate on his
acting. In 1984, he would make a name for himself playing opposite Tom
Hanks in the super-smash-hit, "Splash." During the ten years
that followed, Candy starred in thirty-four movies, including "Cool
Runnings," "Only The Lonely," "JKF,"
"Uncle Buck," and "Home Alone." Until his death in
1994, John Candy worked tirelessly, appearing in at least one film a
year between 1974-1991.
At the height of his career, Candy was 6-feet, 3-inches tall and weighed
more than 250 pounds. Even though the sight of him warmed audiences to
him and he was labeled "the most huggable in all of
Hollywood," Candy talked frequently about his struggle with weight.
Candy invested his money wisely and passionately. An active sports fan,
he became co-owner of his favorite boyhood Canadian Football team, the
Toronto Argonauts. The Argonauts won the Grey Cup during Candy's first
year of ownership, and Candy was known as a tireless worker and fan, who
operated largely behind the scenes. He also opened a chain of blues
restaurants with former "Blues Brothers" star, Dan Aykroyd and
John Belushi's brother, Jim. Candy also studied acting from behind the
scenes, making his directorial debut with Fox Network's "Hostage
For A Day."
John Candy died unexpectedly of a heart attack March 4, 1994, while
filming on location is Durango, Mexico. He was 44 years old. His
funeral, held at St. Michael's Cathedral, was broadcast live on TV in
Canada. Candy is survived by his wife, Rose, and two children, Jennifer
and Christopher. Candy's final movies, "Wagons East" and
"Canadian Bacon" were released after his death.
John Candy Bio
John Candy Info