John Candy Biography

John Candy
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Birthday: October 31, 1950

Nationality: Canadian

Died At Age: 43

Sun Sign: Scorpio

Also Known As: John Franklin Candy

Born in: Newmarket, Ontario

Famous as: Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter

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Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Rosemary Margaret Hobor

father: Sidney James Candy

mother: Evangeline Candy

children: Christopher Candy (son), Jennifer Candy (daughter)

Died on: March 4, 1994

place of death: Durango

Cause of Death: Heart Attack

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education: McMaster University, Centennial College, Neil McNeil High School

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Who was John Candy?

John Candy, born as John Franklin Candy, was a Canadian actor known for his work in Hollywood films. He was best recognized for appearing in the television series ‘Second City’ as well as for acting in the movies ‘Stripes’, ‘Home Alone’, ‘Splash’, ‘Uncle Buck’, ‘Only the Lonely’, ‘JFK’ and ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’. The actor also did numerous television movies in his career, such as 'The Courage of Kavik, the Wolf Dog', 'The Canadian Conspiracy', 'The Last Polka', 'Hostage for a Day' and 'Really Weird Tales', to name a few. Sadly, the talented actor’s life ended tragically and he died at a relatively young age. While filming the Western parody ‘Wagons East’, he died of a heart attack, aged just 43. Candy was honored several times after his death. Ween's album ‘Chocolate and Cheese’ was dedicated to the loving memory of the late Canadian star. Besides this, his fans are demanding that the Canadian Screen Awards be assigned the certified nickname “The Candys” in his honor.
During the 1970s, John Candy appeared in a number of television and big screen projects including 'Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins', '90 Minutes Live', 'Coming Up Rosie', 'Second City TV', 'Tunnel Vision', 'The Clown Murders', 'The Silent Partner' and 'Lost and Found'. After this, in the 1980s, he was associated with the TV projects 'Big City Comedy', 'SCTV Network 90', 'The New Show', 'The Canadian Conspiracy', 'The Last Polka' and ‘Camp Candy’.
During this time, the actor also got featured in many films, such as 'The Blues Brothers', 'It Came from Hollywood', 'National Lampoon's Vacation', 'Splash', 'Summer Rental', 'Armed and Dangerous', 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' and 'Uncle Buck', to name a few. Then in the year 1990, Candy appeared in an episode of 'The Dave Thomas Comedy Show' and also acted in the movies 'Masters of Menace' and 'Home Alone'.
In 1991, he was cast in the films ‘Nothing But Trouble’, ‘Career Opportunities’, ‘Only the Lonely’, ‘Delirious’ and ‘JFK’. Soon after this, the Canadian artiste made his appearances in the movies ‘Once Upon a Crime’, ‘Boris and Natasha: The Movie’, ‘Rookie of the Year’ and ‘Cool Runnings’. In 1994, he did the TV flick ‘Hostage for a Day’. That year, his movie ‘Wagons East!’ was also released posthumously.
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Personal Life
John Candy was born as John Franklin Candy on October 31, 1950 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada to Evangeline (Aker) Candy and Sidney James Candy. He attended Neil McNeil Catholic High School and later studied at the Centennial Community College and McMaster University.
He suffered from some health issues due to being overweight. He died suddenly on March 4, 1994 while on a trip to Mexico. He was just 43. The cause of his death was stated to be a massive heart attack.
The actor was married to Rosemary Hobor from 1979 till his death in 1994. The couple had two children: son Christopher and daughter Jennifer.
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Recommended Lists:

1. The Blues Brothers (1980)

  (Crime, Action, Comedy, Music, Musical)

2. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

  (Adventure, Comedy)

3. JFK (1991)

  (Thriller, Drama, History)

4. The Silent Partner (1978)

  (Crime, Drama, Thriller)

5. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)


6. Stripes (1981)

  (War, Comedy)

7. Home Alone (1990)

  (Comedy, Family)

8. Spaceballs (1987)

  (Adventure, Sci-Fi, Comedy)

9. Uncle Buck (1989)


10. Cool Runnings (1993)

  (Sport, Family, Adventure, Comedy)


Primetime Emmy Awards
1983 Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program SCTV Network 90 (1981)
1982 Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program SCTV Network 90 (1981)

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