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Date Of BirthOctober 31, 1950
DiedMarch 4, 1994, Durango, Mexico
SpouseRosemary Margaret Hobor
MarkHis role as Uncle Buck
FactPictured on one of four 51¢ Canadian commemorative postage stamps honoring "Canadians in Hollywood", issued 22 May 2006. Others honored in this set are Fay Wray, Lorne Greene, and Mary Pickford.
PaymentsEarned $800,000 from Summer Rental (1985)

John Candy was born on October 31, 1950 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. He was the youngest of five children. His father, Sidney Candy, was a salesman and his mother, Evangeline Candy, was a homemaker. His siblings are Bill, Pat, Joan, and Rosanne.

Candy attended high school at Vaughan Road Academy in Toronto. He later enrolled at Centennial Community College in Scarborough, but dropped out after only one semester.

Candy’s first job was as a busboy at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. He later worked as a security guard at the Canadian National Exhibition.

Candy’s career began in earnest when he joined the Second City comedy troupe in 1973. He appeared in various stage productions and television shows with the troupe. His film debut came in 1974 with a small role in the film “It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time.”

Candy’s breakout role came in 1978 with the film “Animal House.” He followed this up with roles in “The Blues Brothers,” “Stripes,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” and “Splash.”

Candy’s most memorable role came in 1984 with the film “Ghostbusters.” He also starred in the films “Spaceballs,” “The Great Outdoors,” “Uncle Buck,” and “Home Alone.”

Candy’s final film role was in the 1996 film “Wagon’s East.” He died of a heart attack on March 4, 1994 at the age of 43.

Candy’s net worth was estimated to be $20 million at the time of his death.

General Info

Full NameJohn Candy
Date Of BirthOctober 31, 1950
DiedMarch 4, 1994, Durango, Mexico
Height1.88 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Comedian, Voice Actor
EducationMcMaster University, Neil McNeil High School, Centennial College


SpouseRosemary Margaret Hobor
ChildrenJennifer Candy, Christopher Candy
ParentsEvangeline Candy, Sidney James Candy
SiblingsJim Candy, Nicky Candy


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing - Variety Series, Earle Grey Award
NominationsSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
MoviesUncle Buck, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, The Great Outdoors, Spaceballs, Cool Runnings, Home Alone, Stripes, Summer Rental, Wagons East!, Splash, Only the Lonely, Armed and Dangerous, Who's Harry Crumb?, Brewster's Millions, Canadian Bacon, National Lampoon's Vacation, The Blues Brothers, Nothing...
TV ShowsCamp Candy, Second City Television, The New Show, Coming Up Rosie, SCTV Network 90, The David Steinberg Show, Rabbit Ears Productions, Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins, Big City Comedy

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#Marks / Signs
1Canadian accent
2Brown eyes
3His role as Uncle Buck
4His large girth
5Often played good-hearted slobs
6Often worked in a dance in his movies (Spaceballs, The Great Outdoors, even The Rescuers Down Under)
7Often appeared in films written and/or directed by John Hughes


Armed and Dangerous (1986)$2,000,000
Summer Rental (1985)$800,000
Splash (1984)$350,000
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)$1,000,000


1[on Eugene Levy] He's wonderful. A great friend.
2[on Wired (1989)] I have no desire to see that. I don't see the need. I didn't see the need for the book. I don't see the need for the movie. Let it alone. Why? Why do we have to drag that out? Its such dirty laundry.
3I should have been in Ghostbusters (1984).
4I've been taking shots at Tri-star for their non-campaign of Who's Harry Crumb? (1989). I mean, good God, there's a team for ya. They sunk the picture and all got promotions for it.
5[on Uncle Buck (1989)] In the movie, Uncle Buck doesn't talk down to these kids. And I think that's why they like him. He treats them as an equal.
6[on Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)] It offered me a lot of different characters to play and it was a lot of fun.
7[on Ghostbusters (1984)] Harold [Ramis] had called and things just didn't go well with the negotiations on it. We didn't see eye to eye on certain things and the rest is history. But Rick [Moranis] did a great job with it.
8I think I may have become an actor to hide from myself. You can escape into a character.


1Did the role of Gus Polinski in Home Alone (1990) for free.
2The Canadian screen awards (the combination of the Canadian Oscars and Emmy) is now called the Candy in honour of him.
3When John Candy died one of his obituaries read hes been in more turkeys than stuffing mix but everybody loved him anyway!.
4Repeatedly turned down offers to play Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle in several proposed biopics, mainly since he stated he simply wasn't interested in playing him.
5Lived in Los Angeles, California at the time of his death.
6John's mother was of Ukrainian and Polish ancestry. John's maternal grandparents, Frank Michael Aker and Jozefa Stefaniuk, were both immigrants from Eastern Europe.
7According to Eugene Levy, John Candy was so beloved that when the procession was heading to the cemetery where John was interred, he looked over and saw that there was no traffic on the 405 Freeway and that police officers were stationed at the on-ramps holding traffic. When he asked a police officer what was going on, he was informed that the decision to stop traffic was up to the LAPD. Further, the only other times they stopped traffic was for Presidential motorcades and when the Pope visited Los Angeles.
8His production company was "Frostbacks Productions".
9He was a heavy smoker for most of his adult life. He officially quit smoking cigarettes a few months before he passed away.
10His original A&E Biography (1987) was actually a televised tribute to John Candy, called "A Tribute to John Candy", that was aired shortly after his death.
11Inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 1998 (charter member).
12In attendance at his funeral were Eugene Levy, Tom Hanks, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Martin Short, Rick Moranis, Mariel Hemingway, Rhea Perlman, Ed Harris, Catherine O'Hara and Dan Aykroyd (who delivered the eulogy).
13He turned down Wayne Szalinski in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) and Louis Tully in Ghostbusters (1984) because he felt his good friend Rick Moranis was better suited for the parts.
14Many of his friends state that he never had anything bad to say about anyone.
15His house near Newmarket, Ontario, Canada was just several blocks from the residence of fellow Canadian comedian Jim Carrey.
16In a 2004 interview Steve Martin stated that at the time of John's death Steve was going through a divorce, so he briefly moved in with John's widow and daughters to help them out through this tough time and to get away from his soon to be ex-wife.
17Was a part-owner of the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL with Bruce McNall and Wayne Gretzky. The group signed Raghib Ismail on the first day of the 1991 NFL draft, where he was projected the #1 overall pick.
18Was a fan of Doctor Who.
19He played a member of law enforcement in at least 10 movies; It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (1975), The Clown Murders (1976), Find the Lady (1976), The Blues Brothers (1980), Heavy Metal (1981), Follow That Bird (1985), Armed and Dangerous (1986) (although his character was a security guard for most of the film, he was wrongfully terminated as a police officer in the beginning of the movie), Only the Lonely (1991), Nothing But Trouble (1991), Canadian Bacon (1995). This does not include National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), in which he played a rent-a-cop or Who's Harry Crumb? (1989), in which he played a private investigator.
20Was considered by many to be one of the most genuinely nice people in Hollywood/Show Business.
21Was a good friend of Wayne Gretzky and was co-owner of the Toronto Argonauts with him.
22Pictured on one of four 51¢ Canadian commemorative postage stamps honoring "Canadians in Hollywood", issued 22 May 2006. Others honored in this set are Fay Wray, Lorne Greene, and Mary Pickford.
23Was supposed to host Saturday Night Live (1975) with Eugene Levy in 1985 (he, Levy and Billy Crystal did a promo for it on SNL the week before it was supposed to happen), but that episode never happened, due to a writer's strike shortly after the promo was aired.
24Sat in the front row for Super Bowl XXIII (49ers vs. Bengals). According to legend, right before the 49ers game-winning drive, quarterback Joe Montana pointed toward the stands and said to tackle Harris Barton, "Hey look over there. Isn't that John Candy?".
25Has appeared in more John Hughes movies than any other actor, starring or doing cameos in seven of them: National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) co-starring Steve Martin, The Great Outdoors (1988) co-starring Dan Aykroyd, and appears in a cameo in She's Having a Baby (1988). Stars in Uncle Buck (1989), co-starring a young Macaulay Culkin. Has a brief cameo in Career Opportunities (1991) and a bit part alongside SCTV (1976) alumni and best friend Catherine O'Hara in Home Alone (1990) also starring Macaulay Culkin.
26According to Maureen O'Hara, just before going to Mexico Candy talked to her on the phone and told her that he feared going to Mexico because he felt that "something bad is going to happen there".
27Turned down the role of Louis Tully in Ghostbusters (1984). It went to Rick Moranis. Candy, did however, appear in Ray Parker Jr.'s music video "Ghost Busters", celebrating the soundtrack of the film, along with other individuals who either refused to be in or failed to make the final cut for casting of the film.
28Weighed over 300 pounds for most of his life.
29Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 87-88. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
30His father, Sidney, died of a heart attack at age 35 in 1955 when John was only five years old.
31He stayed in the notorious Whidden Hall residence during his years at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
32At the time of his death, he had appeared in ten movies with Saturday Night Live (1975) alumni, more than any other non-SNL actor. That record has since been surpassed by Nick Swardson, who (as of 2016) has appeared in 18 movies with SNL alumni, including: Almost Famous (2000), Grandma's Boy (2006), The Benchwarmers (2006), Reno 911!: Miami (2007), Blades of Glory (2007), I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), Bedtime Stories (2008), Just Go with It (2011), Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011), Jack and Jill (2011), That's My Boy (2012), A Haunted House (2013), Grown Ups 2 (2013), Pixels (2015), Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015), Hell and Back (2015), The Ridiculous 6 (2015), and The Do-Over (2016).
33Turned down repeated offers to join Saturday Night Live (1975), citing devotion to his fellow SCTV (1976) cast members.
34He was born in East York (which is a suburb of Toronto) and he attended high school in Scarborough (another suburb of Toronto).
35Graduated Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary School.
36He attended Holy Cross Catholic School up to grade 8 which was the same school attended by actress Natalie Higashi, several years later.
37Father of Jennifer Candy and Chris Candy.
38He has a cameo in Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" music video.
39He was part of the group Northern Lights, which sang the song "Tears Are Not Enough" which was on the "We Are The World" album.
40He died while filming Wagons East (1994) in Mexico.
41He was a co-owner of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
42Interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, USA in the Mausoleum, Room 7, Block 1.
43The musical group Ween dedicated their 1994 LP, "Chocolate And Cheese", to him.




Summer Rental1985Jack Chester
Follow That Bird1985State Trooper
Brewster's Millions1985Spike Nolan
The Last Polka1985TV MovieYosh Shmenge Pa Shmenge
Splash1984Freddie Bauer
The New Show1984TV SeriesVarious Luciano Pavarotti Orson Welles
Ray Parker Jr.: Ghostbusters1984Video shortCameo appearance (uncredited)
SCTV Channel1983TV SeriesVarious
Going Berserk1983John Bourgignon
National Lampoon's Vacation1983Lasky, Guard at Walleyworld
SCTV Network1981-1983TV SeriesVarious / Johnny LaRue / Zontar
Saturday Night Live1981TV SeriesJuan Gavino
Heavy Metal1981Desk Sergeant (segment "Harry Canyon") / Dan (segment "Den") / Den (segment "Den") / ... (voice)
Tales of the Klondike1981TV Mini-SeriesHans Nelson
The Blues Brothers1980Burton Mercer
Double Negative1980John
The Courage of Kavik, the Wolf Dog1980TV MoviePinky
19411979Pvt. Foley
Lost and Found1979Carpentier
SCTV1976-1979TV SeriesVarious / Johnny LaRue
The Silent Partner1978Simonsen
King of Kensington1977TV SeriesBandit
The David Steinberg Show1976-1977TV SeriesSpider Reichman Spider
Find the Lady1976Kopek
The Clown Murders1976Ollie
90 Minutes Live1976TV SeriesVarious (1976)
Tunnel Vision1976Cooper
Coming Up Rosie1975TV SeriesWally Wypyzypychwk (1976-77)
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time1975Kopek
Police Surgeon1975TV SeriesRichie Beck / Ramon
Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins1974TV Series
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak1974TV Series2nd Son
Class of '441973Paule (uncredited)
Cucumber1972TV SeriesWeatherman
Canadian Bacon1995Sheriff Bud Boomer
Wagons East1994James Harlow
Hostage for a Day1994TV MovieYuri Petrovich (uncredited)
Cool Runnings1993Irv
Rookie of the Year1993Cliff Murdoch - Announcer (uncredited)
Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories1992TV SeriesNarrator (segment "Blumpoe the Grumpoe Meets Arnold the Cat")
Boris and Natasha1992TV MovieKalishak
Once Upon a Crime...1992Augie Morosco
JFK1991Dean Andrews
Delirious1991Jack Gable
Only the Lonely1991Danny Muldoon
Career Opportunities1991C.D. Marsh (uncredited)
Nothing But Trouble1991Dennis / Eldona
The Rescuers Down Under1990Wilbur (voice)
Home Alone1990Gus Polinski
Masters of Menace1990Beer Truck Driver
The Dave Thomas Comedy Show1990TV Series
The Rocket Boy1989TV MovieThe Hawk
Uncle Buck1989Buck Russell
Speed Zone1989Charlie Cronan
Who's Harry Crumb?1989Harry Crumb
Sesame Street, Special1988TV MovieYosh Shmenge (segment "Put Down the Duckie")
Hot to Trot1988Don (voice)
The Great Outdoors1988Chet Ripley
She's Having a Baby1988Chet from 'The Great Outdoors' (uncredited)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles1987Del Griffith
Really Weird Tales1987TV MovieHoward Jensen (segment "Cursed with Charisma")
Little Shop of Horrors1986Wink Wilkinson
Armed and Dangerous1986Frank Dooley
Dave Thomas: The Incredible Time Travels of Henry Osgood1986TV MovieWallace Osgood
Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas1985TV MovieMarcel
The Canadian Conspiracy1985TV MovieVarious
Volunteers1985Tom Tuttle from Tacoma


Camp Candy1989-1990TV Series developer - 16 episodes
The Best of SCTV1988TV Movie
The Last Polka1985TV Movie
SCTV Network1981-1983TV Series written by - 39 episodes
Big City Comedy1980TV Series 1980
SCTVTV Series writer - 51 episodes, 1976 - 1979 written by - 1 episode, 1976


Sing Yourself Silly!1990Video short performer: "Put Down the Duckie" 1986 - uncredited
Camp Candy1989TV Series performer: theme song
Uncle Buck1989performer: "Tweedlee Dee" - uncredited
Sesame Street, Special1988TV Movie performer: "Put Down the Duckie"
Planes, Trains & Automobiles1987performer: "Blue Moon of Kentucky" 1948, "Meet the Flintstones" 1961, "I Can Take Anything" 1987
Stripes1981performer: "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" - uncredited


The Best of John Candy on SCTV1996TV Movie executive producer
Hostage for a Day1994TV Movie executive producer
Camp Candy1992TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Who's Harry Crumb?1989executive producer
The Last Polka1985TV Movie executive producer


Hostage for a Day1994TV Movie


Find the Lady1976stunts


Foxy Lady1971production assistant


Edición Especial Coleccionista2011-2013TV Series in memory of - 2 episodes
John Candy: Comic Spirit2005Video documentary short in memory of
¿Quién mató a Dr. Pus?2003Documentary dedicated to the memory of
Blues Brothers 20001998acknowledgment: for
Canadian Bacon1995in memory of
Wagons East1994dedicated to the memory of


Biography2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Montreal International Comedy Festival '931993TV MovieHimself - Host
Friends of Gilda1993TV MovieHimself
Camp Candy1989-1992TV SeriesHimself
Showbiz Today1991TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1991TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight1991TV SeriesHimself
Warner Bros. Celebration of Tradition, June 2, 19901990TV Movie documentaryHost
Seriously... Phil Collins1990TV MovieHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1990TV SeriesHimself
Videosyncrasy1990TV SeriesHimself
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film
Flames 88-891989Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Sesame Street1989TV SeriesHimself
ESPN Top Rank Boxing1989TV SeriesHimself - Audience Member
Who Shrunk Saturday Morning?1989TV MovieHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1982-1989TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Morning America1989TV SeriesHimself
Season's Greetings: An Evening with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra1988TV MovieHimself
Jackie Gleason: The Great One1988TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
The 60th Annual Academy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Makeup
Citizen Steve1987Documentary shortClip Maxwell
Big City Comedy1986Video documentaryVarious
Comic Relief1986/ITV SpecialStan Shmenge
The 3rd Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
Tears Are Not Enough1985DocumentaryHimself
The Second City 25th Anniversary Special1985TV SpecialHimself
Saturday Night Live1983-1985TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Host / Various
Welcome to the Fun Zone1984TV MovieHimself
The New Show1984TV SeriesHimself / Various / Chris Serling
Pete's Place1983TV SeriesHimself (1983)
The 8th Annual Young Comedians Show1983TV SpecialHimself - Host / Mr. Mambo
It Came from Hollywood1982DocumentaryHimself
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1982TV SpecialHimself - Co-Winner: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program
The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour1982TV SeriesHimself
Big City Comedy1980TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story of the National Lampoon2015DocumentaryHimself / Actor
Draft Day2014/IHimself (uncredited)
Video Games AWESOME!2014TV SeriesVarious
John Candy: True Double Blue2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews2010TV SeriesWilbur
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards2010TV SpecialBuck Russell Danny Muldoon Del Griffith (uncredited)
30 for 302009TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography1995-2007TV Series documentaryBuck Russell in 'Uncle Buck' / Himself
Second City: First Family of Comedy2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Spaceballs: The Documentary2005Video documentary shortHimself
John Candy: Comic Spirit2005Video documentary shortHimself / Sheriff Bud Boomer / Jack Gable / ...
Just for Laughs2005TV SeriesHimself
The Greatest Canadian2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - #41
Michael Moore, el gran agitador2004TV Short documentarySheriff Bud B. Boomer
Making a 'Splash'2002Video documentary shortHimself
The Joke's on Us: 50 Years of CBC Satire2002TV MovieVarious SCTV Characters
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Conversations with Jon Turteltaub2000Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Remembers2000TV Series documentary
The 2000 Canadian Comedy Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame Inductee
The Best of John Candy on SCTV1996TV MovieVarious Characters
The Making of '1941'1996Video documentaryPvt. Foley (uncredited)
All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!1994TV SpecialHimself
The 66th Annual Academy Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
Sing Yourself Silly!1990Video shortYosh Shmenge
The Best of SCTV1988TV MovieVarious Characters
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1985TV SeriesJack Chester from film SUMMER RENTAL
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActor - 'Stripes' (uncredited)
SCTV Network1981TV SeriesVarious
SCTV1979TV SeriesVarious


Won Awards

1995Earle Grey AwardGemini Awards
1992Sir Peter Ustinov AwardBanff Television Festival
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Variety or Music ProgramSCTV Network 90 (1981)
1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Variety or Music ProgramSCTV Network 90 (1981)

Nominated Awards

1992Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActressNothing But Trouble (1991)
1988American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
1985Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorSplash (1984)
1985ACECableACE AwardsPerformance in a Comedy SpecialThe Last Polka (1985)
1985ACECableACE AwardsComedy SpecialThe Last Polka (1985)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Variety or Music ProgramSCTV Network 90 (1981)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Variety or Music ProgramSCTV Network 90 (1981)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Variety or Music ProgramSCTV Network 90 (1981)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Variety or Music ProgramSCTV Network 90 (1981)
1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Variety or Music ProgramSCTV Network 90 (1981)
1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Variety or Music ProgramSCTV Network 90 (1981)
1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Variety or Music ProgramSCTV Network 90 (1981)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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