The Canadian actor, John Candy, was born in Toronto on October 31st 1950, and started appearing in low budget films in the 1970's.
Films such as "Class of '44", followed in 1976 by his appearances in the late night TV talk show "Ninety Minutes Live".
Also in 1976 he began appearing in Toronto's "The Second City Television" (SCTV), along with Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, Andrea Martin, and Catherine O'Hara.
There followed a variety of appearances on SCTV and by 1980, he began appearing in more films such as his role as a soldier in Steven Spielberg's comedy "1941" and had a supporting role in "The Blues Brothers".
"Armed and Dangerous" was released in 1986 in which John played the character Frank Dooley, an ex-cop.
Then followed the popular "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" in 1987, where two businessmen are forced to travel together from Wichita to Chicago, also staring Steve Martin.
My favourite character was "Uncle Buck" (1989), the hapless uncle of his nieces and nephew, who is left in charge while their parents are out of town, he was hilarious and everything worked out in the end!
"Cool Runnings" released in 1993 was also a hit in our family, as Candy played Irving Blitzer who tries to coach the Jamaican Bob-sleigh team during the winter Olympics - which, funnily enough, was based on a true story.
John Candy died in his sleep of a heart attack on March 4, 1994 in Durango, Mexico at the age of 43. He was survived by his wife, Rosemary, whom he married in 1979, and their children, Jennifer and Christopher. He is buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
We still miss you John!
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