John CandyJohn Franklin Candy
- March 4
) was a Canadian comedian
. Born in Toronto, Ontario
, Candy was a member of Toronto's Second City
comedy troupe and gained widespread North American popularity when, in 1977, he became a cast member on the influential Toronto-based TV comedy-variety show, SCTV
(Second City Television).
From there he went on to star in such Hollywood
movies as Splash
, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
and Uncle Buck
. He typically played characters who, while they lived somewhat seedy lives, often had their hearts in the right place.
John Candy died at the age of 44 of a heart attack while filming on location in Durango, Mexico, for the movie Wagons East. He had been warned several times by his doctors to cut his weight due to his genetic predisposition to heart disease from which his father had died but he refused stating that his portly frame was what gave him his film roles.
His funeral, held at St. Michael's Cathedral, was broadcast live on television across Canada. He is interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California.
He is an inductee of Canada's Walk of Fame.