Hollywood Remains to Be Seen

John Candy
1950 - 1994

Holy Cross Cemetery

Rotund actor and comedian John Candy provided memorable comic moments in dozens of films during his short career.

Candy appeared in small roles in several films in the early 1970s, including "Hercules in New York" (1970), "Class of '44" (1973), "The Clown Murders" (1975) and "Tunnel Vision" (1976), before gaining fame as a writer and performer on the popular "Second City TV" television series, which was produced in Canada and debuted in 1976. Candy created dozens of memorable characters on the sketch comedy show, including Johnny LaRue, Billy Sol Hurok, Mayor Tommy Shanks and Yosh Schmenge. Candy came to Hollywood in the late 1970s, with supporting roles in "Lost and Found" (1979), "1941" (1979), "The Blues Brothers" (1980), "Stripes" (1981), "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983) and "Splash!" (1984).

Candy was less successful in starring roles in the late 1980s, however, including "Summer Rental" (1985), "Armed and Dangerous" (1986), "The Great Outdoors" (1988) and "Who's Harry Crumb?" (1989). Candy successfully mixed sentiment with humor in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (1987), "Uncle Buck" (1989) and "Only the Lonely" (1991), and he even appeared in an effective cameo role in Oliver Stone's "JFK" (1991). In "Cool Runnings" (1993), Candy played the coach of the Jamaican bobsled team, and he finally proved that he was a talented actor as well as a comedian.

While filming "Wagons East" (1994) on location in Mexico, Candy suffered a fatal heart attack. He was 43.

Candy's crypt contains the inscription, "One heart and one soul - We miss you dearly."

Candy was born John Franklin Candy on Oct. 31, 1950, in Toronto, Canada. He died on March 4, 1994, in Durango, Mexico.

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