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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 »

Died:

(age 43) in Durango, Mexico

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

Known For

SCTV
SCTV Various / Johnny LaRue
(1976-1979)
Spaceballs
Spaceballs Barf
(1987)
Home Alone
Home Alone Gus Polinski
(1990)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
(1987)

Filmography

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 1995 Canadian Bacon
Sheriff Bud Boomer
 1994 Wagons East
James Harlow
 1994 Hostage for a Day (TV Movie)
Yuri Petrovich (uncredited)
 1993 Cool Runnings
Irv
 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)
Kalishak
 1992 Once Upon a Crime...
Augie Morosco
 1991 JFK
Dean Andrews
 1991 Delirious
Jack Gable
 1991 Only the Lonely
Danny Muldoon
 1991 Career Opportunities
C.D. Marsh (uncredited)
 1991 Nothing But Trouble
Dennis / Eldona
 1990 The Rescuers Down Under
Wilbur (voice)
 1990 Home Alone
Gus Polinski
 1990 Masters of Menace
Beer Truck Driver
 1990 The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1990)
 1989 The Rocket Boy (TV Movie)
The Hawk
 1989 Uncle Buck
Buck Russell
 1989 Speed Zone
Charlie Cronan
 1989 Who's Harry Crumb?
Harry Crumb
 1988 Hot to Trot
Don (voice)
 1988 The Great Outdoors
Chet Ripley
 1988 She's Having a Baby
Chet from 'The Great Outdoors' (uncredited)
 1987 Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Del Griffith
 1987 Spaceballs
Barf
 1987 Really Weird Tales (TV Movie)
Howard Jensen (segment "Cursed with Charisma")
 1986 Little Shop of Horrors
Wink Wilkinson
 1986 Armed and Dangerous
Frank Dooley
 1985 The Canadian Conspiracy (TV Movie)
Various
 1985 Volunteers
Tom Tuttle from Tacoma
 1985 Summer Rental
Jack Chester
 1985 Follow That Bird
State Trooper
 1985 Brewster's Millions
Spike Nolan
 1985 The Last Polka (TV Movie)
Yosh Shmenge / Pa Shmenge
 1984 Splash
Freddie Bauer
 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
 1984 Ray Parker Jr.: Ghostbusters (Video short)
Cameo appearance (uncredited)
 1983 SCTV Channel (TV Series)
Various
- Maudlin O' the Night (1983) ... Various
 1983 Going Berserk
John Bourgignon
 1983 National Lampoon's Vacation
Lasky, Guard at Walleyworld
 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
Ox
 1981 Tales of the Klondike (TV Mini-Series)
Hans Nelson
- The Unexpected (1981) ... Hans Nelson
 1980 The Blues Brothers
Burton Mercer
 1980 Double Negative
John
 1980 The Courage of Kavik, the Wolf Dog (TV Movie)
Pinky
 1979 1941
Pvt. Foley
 1979 Lost and Found
Carpentier
 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
 1978 The Silent Partner
Simonsen
 1977 King of Kensington (TV Series)
Bandit
- The Hero (1977) ... Bandit
 1976-1977 The David Steinberg Show (TV Series)
Spider Reichman / Spider
- Episode #1.20 (1977) ... Spider
- Episode #1.17 (1977) ... Spider
- Episode #1.13 (1977) ... Spider Reichman
- Episode #1.6 (1976) ... Spider Reichman
- Episode #1.2 (1976) ... Spider Reichman
 1976 Find the Lady
Kopek
 1976 The Clown Murders
Ollie
 1976 90 Minutes Live (TV Series)
Various (1976)
 1976 Tunnel Vision
Cooper
 1975 Coming Up Rosie (TV Series)
Wally Wypyzypychwk (1976-77)
 1974-1975 Police Surgeon (TV Series)
Richie Beck / Ramon
- Web of Guilt (1975) ... Richie Beck
- Target Ms. Blue (1974) ... Ramon
 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)
Weatherman
Show Show Writer (6 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (6 credits)
Show Show Producer (5 credits)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Stunts (1 credit)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (6 credits)
Show Show Self (40 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (30 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Music video: Appeared in The Traveling Wilburys' video "Wilbury Twist." See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I think I may have become an actor to hide from myself. You can escape into a character. See more »

Trivia:

Graduated Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary School. See more »

Trademark:

His role as Uncle Buck See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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