John Candy

John Candy

actor, writer, music department

John Candy was born on Oct 31, 1950 in Canada. John Candy's big-screen debut came with It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time directed by John Trent in 1975, strarring Kopek. John Candy is known for JFK directed by Oliver Stone, Sally Kirkland stars as Rose Cheramie and Anthony Ramirez as Epileptic. John Candy has got 4 awards and 12 nominations so far. The most recent award John Candy achieved is Gemini Awards. The upcoming new movie John Candy plays is Canadian Bacon which will be released on Sep 22, 1995.

Candy was one of Canada's greatest and funniest character actors. His well-known role as the big hearted buffoon earned him classics in L'oncle Buck (1989) and Un ticket pour deux (1987). His career has handed him some dry spells but Candy always rebounded.Born in Newmarket, Ontario, in the year 1950, Candy was the son of Evangeline (Aker) and Sidney James Candy. His mother was of Ukrainian and Polish ancestry. Candy found his passion for drama while attending a community college. In 1971 Candy made his TV debut in an episode of Dr. Simon Locke (1971) co-starring Sharon Farrell, John Hamelin, and Nick Mancuso. Candy then found a number of bit parts in other Canadian television shows and also in such small films as Tunnel Vision (1976) and Find the Lady (1976). However, his big success came at the age of twenty-seven, when he became part of the comedy group "Second City" in Toronto. Alongside such soon-to-be Canadian stars as Catherine O'Hara (one of Candy's lifelong friends), Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis, and Harold Ramis, Candy was also part of the television show the group inspired. Second City TV (1976) earned Candy a reputation for his quirky humor and his uncanny imitations of others.After the television series, Candy appeared alongside fellow Canadian Dan Aykroyd in the Steven Spielberg flop 1941 (1979). However, other jobs followed and Candy landed a role, once again with Aykroyd, in the successful classic Les Blues Brothers (1980). Candy played a parole officer who is part of the chase after Jake and Elwood Blues. The film was a hit and Candy followed up accordingly.Candy acted in the smash hit Les bleus (1981) where he played a dopey, overweight recruit affectionately nicknamed 'Ox'. After the success of Les bleus (1981), Candy returned to the Second City with the other former stars, in SCTV Network 90 (1981). Candy also hosted "Saturday Night Live" before landing himself a role in the Ron Howard film Splash (1983), a romantic comedy about a mermaid who washes ashore and learns to live like a human. Candy played a sleazy womanizing brother to the character played by Tom Hanks. The film was a bigger success than even Les bleus (1981) and a number of people have said that Splash (1983) was his breakout role.He took a second billing in the comedic film Comment claquer un million de dollars par jour? (1985) where a man must spend thirty million in order to inherit three hundred million from his deceased relative. Candy played the man's best friend, who accidentally gets in the way as much as helping out. Candy continued making films tirelessly, including the film Armed and Dangerous (1986) where he and Eugene Levy play characters who become security guards.1987 was an especially good year to Candy, giving him two classic roles: Barf the Mawg in the Mel Brooks comedy La Folle Histoire de l'espace (1987) and the bumbling salesman Del Griffith alongside Steve Martin's uptight character in the John Hughes film Un ticket pour deux (1987). The latter film is a golden classic and is one of Candy's greatest films. He followed up immediately with The Great Outdoors (1988), once again alongside Dan Aykroyd. Candy landed another classic role in the film L'oncle Buck (1989) which was about a bumbling uncle who must look after his brother's three children.Although he was in the smash hit Maman, j'ai raté l'avion! (1990), Candy's career fell into a slump, turning out unsuccessful films in the early nineties. This caused him to change his strategy by taking more serious roles. The first of these serious roles was the corrupt lawyer Dean Andrews in the 'Oliver Stone' film JFK (1991). The film was a big success, and Candy moved on from this victory to make the film Rasta Rockett (1993) about the first Jamaican bobsled team.Candy was well known for his size, six feet two and weighing around 300 pounds. However, he was very sensitive about the subject and in the nineties tried to lose weight and quit smoking. He was aware that heart attacks were in his family: both his father and his grandfather died of heart attacks and Candy wanted to prevent that happening to him as best he could.In the mid-nineties Candy filmed the Michael Moore comedy Canadian Bacon (1995) then went to Mexico to film the western spoof Pionniers malgré eux (1994). It was in Mexico that Candy had a heart attack and passed away in March 1994. Canadian Bacon (1995) was released a year after his death and is his last film.Candy was loved by thousands of people who loved his classic antics in Splash (1983) and The Great Outdoors (1988). He was well-known for his roles in Les bleus (1981) and L'oncle Buck (1989) and he himself never forgot his Canadian background.

  • Birthday

    Oct 31, 1950
  • Place of Birth

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Known For


4 wins & 12 nominations

Gemini Awards
Shared with:
Winner - Earle Grey Award
Banff Television Festival
Winner - Sir Peter Ustinov Award
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