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John Candy (1950–1994)

Candy was one of Canada's greatest and funniest character actors. His well-known role as the big hearted buffoon earned him classics in Uncle Buck (1989) and Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987). His career has handed him some dry spells but Candy always rebounded. Born in Newmarket, Ontario, in the year 1950, Candy was the son of Evangeline (... See full bio »


(age 43) in Durango, Mexico

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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 1994 Hostage for a Day (TV Movie)
Yuri Petrovich (uncredited)
 1993 Rookie of the Year
Cliff Murdoch - Announcer (uncredited)
 1992 Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories (TV Series)
Narrator (segment "Blumpoe the Grumpoe Meets Arnold the Cat")
- Blumpoe the Grumpoe Meets Arnold the Cat/Millions of Cats (1992) ... Narrator (segment "Blumpoe the Grumpoe Meets Arnold the Cat") (voice)
 1992 Boris and Natasha (TV Movie)
 1991 JFK
Dean Andrews
 1991 Career Opportunities
C.D. Marsh (uncredited)
 1991 Nothing But Trouble
Dennis / Eldona
 1990 Seriously... Phil Collins (TV Movie)
 1990 The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1990)
 1989 The Rocket Boy (TV Movie)
The Hawk
 1988 Hot to Trot
Don (voice)
 1987 Spaceballs
 1985 The Canadian Conspiracy (TV Movie)
 1985 The Last Polka (TV Movie)
Yosh Shmenge / Pa Shmenge
 1984 The New Show (TV Series)
Various / Luciano Pavarotti / Orson Welles
- Episode #1.5 (1984) ... Various
- Episode #1.4 (1984) ... Various
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... Various
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Various / Luciano Pavarotti / Orson Welles
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... Various
 1983 SCTV Channel (TV Series)
- Maudlin O' the Night (1983) ... Various
 1981-1983 SCTV Network (TV Series)
Various / Johnny LaRue / Zontar
- Midnight Cowboy II (1983) ... Various
- South Sea Sinner (1983) ... Various
- Sweeps Week (1983) ... Various
- Bobby Bittman's Retirement (1983) ... Various
- SCTV Classifieds/Vic Arpeggio (1983) ... Various
 1981 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Juan Gavino
- George Kennedy/Miles Davis (1981) ... Juan Gavino (uncredited)
 1981 Heavy Metal
Desk Sergeant (segment "Harry Canyon") / Dan (segment "Den") / Den (segment "Den") / ... (voice)
 1981 Stripes
 1981 Tales of the Klondike (TV Mini-Series)
Hans Nelson
- The Unexpected (1981) ... Hans Nelson
 1979 1941
Pvt. Foley
 1976-1979 SCTV (TV Series)
Various / Johnny LaRue
- The Flaming Turkey (1979) ... Various
- Consumer Action Line (1979) ... Various
- Pipeline (1979) ... Various
- SCTV Disco (1979) ... Various
 1977 King of Kensington (TV Series)
- The Hero (1977) ... Bandit
 1976 90 Minutes Live (TV Series)
Various (1976)
 1976 Tunnel Vision
 1975 Coming Up Rosie (TV Series)
Wally Wypyzypychwk (1976-77)
 1974 Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins (TV Series)
 1974 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (TV Series)
2nd Son
- Last Bride of Salem (1974) ... 2nd Son (uncredited)
 1973 Class of '44
Paule (uncredited)
 1972 Cucumber (TV Series)
 1971 Police Surgeon (TV Series)
- Target Ms. Blue ... Ramon
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Show Show Archive footage (24 credits)

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Music video: Appeared in the Ray Parker Jr. video "Ghost Busters" See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


6' 2" (1.88 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)] It offered me a lot of different characters to play and it was a lot of fun. See more »


Father of Jennifer Candy and Chris Candy. See more »


Often appeared in films written and/or directed by John Hughes See more »

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