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John Candy

Lowest Rated:   0% Wagons East! (1994)
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Birthplace:   Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Canadian comic actor John Candy was geared toward a performing career even while studying for a journalism degree in college. Candy's bulky frame and built-in likability enabled him to secure small roles in Canadian film and TV productions. In the early '70s, Candy joined Canada's Second City Troupe, sharing the spotlight with such potent talent (and subsequent close friends) as Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, Andrea Martin, and Catherine O'Hara. Second City TV, popularly known as SCTV, entered the Canadian TV airwaves in 1975 and was syndicated to the United States two years later. Candy scored an instant hit with such characters as porcine poseur Johnny LaRue, overly unctuous talk show sidekick William B., and ever-grinning "Lutonian" musician Yosh Shmenge. So popular did Candy become that suddenly many of his obscurer pre-starring Canadian films (It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, The Clown Murders) became hot properties on the video rental circuit. Candy stayed with the various SCTV syndicated and network programs until 1983, earning two Emmys in the process. One of the few genuine nice guys in the realm of comedy, Candy was beloved by both co-workers and fans -- even when this lovability was stretched to the breaking point in substandard films. He scored in supporting roles (Splash [1984], Brewster's Millions [1985]), but such thinnish starring features as Summer Rental (1985) and Who's Harry Crumb (1989) seemed to suggest that Candy couldn't carry a film by himself. Then he starred in Uncle Buck (1989), a disarming comedy about a ne'er-do-well with hidden nobility. Receiving relatively little promotion, Uncle Buck was a surprise hit, and stands today as perhaps Candy's best-ever vehicle after Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Unfortunately, most of his follow-up films were on a par with the disastrous Nothing but Trouble (1990) and Delirious (1992). At the same time, Candy's leading role in Only the Lonely (1991) and his supporting performance in JFK (1992) proved that a major talent was being squandered by the film industry. Candy was as frustrated as his fans, manifesting this frustration in excessive eating, drinking, and smoking. The actor's superlative seriocomic turn as a disgraced Olympic star in Cool Runnings (1993), which Candy also co-produced, seemed to point toward a career upswing. But while filming Wagons East in Mexico, 43-year-old John Candy suffered a heart attack and died in his sleep. Wagons East was released in the summer of 1994, utilizing Candy's existing footage as well as possible; it proved, sadly, an inadequate epitaph for one of film comedy's funniest and most ingratiating stars.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest
  • Actor
2008
14% Canadian Bacon
  • Sheriff Bud Boomer
1995
No Score Yet Tunnel Vision (Tunnelvision)
  • Agent Cooper
1995
0% Wagons East!
  • Harlow
1994
15% North
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Hostage for a Day
  • Executive Producer
  • Yuri Petrovich
  • Director
1994
75% Cool Runnings
  • Irv Blitzer
1993
39% Rookie of the Year
  • Jeff Murdoch
1993
No Score Yet Boris and Natasha
  • Kallishak
1992
No Score Yet Rabbit Ears: Stormalong
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories
  • Actor
1992
84% JFK
  • Dean Andrews
1991
44% Delirious
  • Jack Gable
1991
0% Once Upon a Crime
  • Augie
1991
62% Only the Lonely
  • Danny
1991
38% Career Opportunities
  • Store Manager
1991
8% Nothing but Trouble
  • Sheriff/Eldona
1991
68% The Rescuers Down Under
  • Wilbur
1990
55% Home Alone
  • Gus Polinski
1990
No Score Yet Masters of Menace
  • Beer Truck Driver
1990
No Score Yet The Rocket Boy
  • The Hawk
1989
64% Uncle Buck
  • Uncle Buck
1989
30% Who's Harry Crumb?
  • Executive Producer
  • Harry Crumb
1989
0% Speed Zone
  • Charlie Cronyn
1989
40% The Great Outdoors
  • Chet Ripley
1988
34% She's Having a Baby
  • Actor
1988
0% Hot to Trot
  • Don
1988
94% Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • Del Griffith
1987
54% Spaceballs
  • Barf
1987
No Score Yet Quote Alongs: Spaceballs
  • Actor
1987
90% Little Shop of Horrors
  • Wink Wilkinson
1986
14% Armed and Dangerous
  • Frank Dooley
1986
58% Volunteers
  • Tom Tuttle from Tacoma
1985
15% Summer Rental
  • Jack Chester
1985
91% Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird
  • State Trooper
1985
36% Brewster's Millions
  • Spike Nolan
1985
No Score Yet The Last Polka
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Big City Comedy Show
  • Actor
1985
92% Splash
  • Freddie Bauer
1984
No Score Yet Going Berserk
  • John Bourgignon
1983
93% National Lampoon's Vacation
  • Lasky
1983
No Score Yet It Came from Hollywood
  • Actor
1982
57% Heavy Metal
  • Desk Sergeant/Dan Den/Robot
1981
86% Stripes
  • Ox
1981
No Score Yet Second City Insanity
  • Actor
1981
85% The Blues Brothers
  • Burton Mercer
1980
No Score Yet Kavik, the Wolf Dog
  • Pinky
1980
No Score Yet Double Negative
  • John
1980
33% 1941
  • Foley
1979
No Score Yet Lost and Found
  • Carpentier
1979
No Score Yet The Silent Partner
  • Simonsen
1978
No Score Yet The Clown Murders
  • Ollie
1976
No Score Yet It Seemed Like a Good Idea
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
  • Kopek
1975
No Score Yet Find the Lady
  • Kopek
1975

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • 1983

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