John Franklin Candy was a Canadian actor and comedian who rose to fame with his brilliant performances in Hollywood. He is best known for his goofy roles in movies from the early 80s’ to the late 90s’.
John Candy grew up in a working-class family in Ontario, raised by his mother after his father died of a heart attack when he was 5. He pursued a course in journalism at Centennial College, after which he received higher education at McMaster University. His time in community college got him highly invested in theatre and acting. He gradually began working in Canadian television series and establishing a name for himself as the quintessential ‘funny guy.’ His round figure, quirky humor, and skill at impressions added up to him, securing many parts as the comic relief in the show. He featured in many children’s sitcoms like ‘Coming Up Rosie’ and ‘Dr. Zonk and Zunkins.’ Candy joined the Second City Television, commonly called SCTV, when it began airing in Canada in the 70s’. He shared the screen with some of Canada’s most prominent entertainment figures and portrayed such memorable characters as Johnny LaRue, talk show guy William B., and the ‘Lutonian.’ This immediately put him on the radar and brought him a lot of fame along with 2 Primetime Emmy Awards. He also hosted the late-night talk show, ‘
Saturday Night Live
Candy began focusing on a career in the movies, and he received his big break when he was cast along with in the 1984 movie ‘Splash.’ The successive movies that followed had their ups and downs at the box office, but Candy never lost his delightful nature and audience appeal. One of his most known characters was Uncle Buck in the movie of the same name in 1989, where his role is that of a lovable, big-hearted buffoon. He played similar roles in films like ‘Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,’ ‘Home Alone’ and ‘
.’ He switched to more serious roles in the dramas ‘JFK’ and ‘Only the Lonely,’ where he mesmerized critiques with his never before seen depth of character. With about 44 movies to his credit, Candy is thought of as one of Hollywood’s best-loved comedians. The world prematurely lost the artist to a heart attack in 1994 while he was filming for ‘Wagons East.’ The film was posthumously released in memory of one of Hollywood’s most captivating actors.