John Candy Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
Childhood And Early Life
Canadian comedian and actor John Candy were born on the 31 October 1950 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada to Sidney Candy and Evangeline Aker. He had one sibling, a brother Jim.
John Candy graduated from the Neil McNeil Catholic High School. Then in 1969, he began studying acting and journalism at the Centennial Community College, Toronto.
Rise To Fame
John Candy met Dan Aykroyd in the early 1970s who encouraged him to audition with the Second City comedy group consisting of Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, and John Belushi.
The comedy troupe was a good platform for Candy’s comedic talent and the gift of mimicry which provided a breakthrough in his career. Candy began his acting career taking small roles in various films and also worked in television.
His was in 1941, the Steven Spielberg film in 1979. Then in 1980, he was offered a role in The Blues Brothers, the success of which established him as an actor.
John Candy followed up his role in The Blues Brothers by playing a recruit in Stripes (1981), another success. Other roles included Splash (1984) alongside Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah, Brewster’s Millions (1985), Armed and Dangerous (1986), Spaceballs (1987), Trains & Automobiles (1987), The Great Outdoors (1988), Uncle and Buck (1989). During the 1990s he was in the hit Home Alone (1990), JFK (1991), Cool Runnings (1993) and he was in Michael Moore’s political satire, Canadian Bacon, playing the role of Sheriff Bud Boomer. Candy was in México working on Wagons East (1995) when he died of a heart attack.
John Candy married Rosemary Hobor in 1979, and the couple remained married until his death in March 1994. They had two children: a daughter Jennifer Candy, an actor and producer and a son Chris Candy, an actor and writer. John Candy died of a heart attack on the 4 March 1994 at the age of 43.