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John Candy

John Candy
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Birth Date

October 31, 1950


March 4, 1994



Sun Sign


Natural hair color

Light Brown

Eye color

Drak Brown


6 ft 1½ in | 187 cm


136 kg | 300 lbs

Shoe size

13 US | 46 EU

Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

John Franklin Candy was born in Newmarket, Canada, on October 31, 1950, was a Canadian actor.

Young John Candy first started performing in a community college.

He made his big screen debut in coming-of-age comedy drama film Class of '44 (1973) in role as Paule.

He got his television debut in Canadian show Cucumber (1972) in role as Weatherman.

John's breakthrough performance came as Freddie Bauer in fantasy romantic comedy film Splash (1984).

He landed his directorial debut with Canadian television comedy film Hostage for a Day (1994), he also starred in role as Yuri Petrovich.

John Candy Height and Weight

How tall was John Candy and what was his weight? John Candy's height was 6' 1½" іn fееt аnd іnсhеѕ or 187 іn cеntіmеtrеѕ, his weight was 300 іn pоunds or 136 іn kіlоgrаmѕ.

Best Movies

He was nominated for the CableACE Award for Performance in a Comedy Special for his role as Yosh Shmenge / Pa Shmenge in comedy television film The Last Polka (1985).

He was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Freddie Bauer in fantasy romantic comedy movie Splash (1984).

He was nominated for the American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) for his role as Del Griffith in comedy film Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987).

The Blues Brothers (1980) musical comedy opposite John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd

Spaceballs (1987) space opera parody with Mel Brooks, Rick Moranis and Bill Pullman

Stripes (1981) war comedy opposite Bill Murray and Sean Young

National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) comedy adventure with Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo

Uncle Buck (1989) comedy opposite Macaulay Culkin and Amy Madigan

Cool Runnings (1993) comedy sports with Doug E. Doug and Rawle D. Lewis

The Great Outdoors (1988) comedy opposite Dan Aykroyd, Stephanie Faracy and Annette Bening

Brewster's Millions (1985) comedy with Richard Pryor and Lonette McKee

The Silent Partner (1978) thriller opposite Elliott Gould and Christopher Plummer

Armed and Dangerous (1986) comedy with Eugene Levy and Meg Ryan

Home Alone (1990) comedy opposite Macaulay Culkin and Joe Pesci

Only the Lonely (1991) romantic comedy drama with Maureen O'Hara and Ally Sheedy

JFK (1991) epic political thriller directed by Oliver Stone

He voiced Den / Dan / Desk Sergeant / Robot in animated science fantasy anthology film Heavy Metal (1981).

He voiced Don in comedy movie Hot to Trot (1988).

He voiced Wilbur in animated adventure film The Rescuers Down Under (1990).

Best TV Shows

He was a member of Toronto's branch of The Second City (1976–1979) and SCTV Network 90 (1981–1983), for which he won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 1981 and 1982.

He hosted Saturday Night Live (1983) in episode "John Candy/Men at Work".

He produced and starred in a Saturday-morning animated series on NBC Camp Candy in 1989.


Graduated from Shaker Heights High School in Ohio (1943).

Attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Graduated from Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary School in Toronto.

Studied journalism at Centennial College.

Studied at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Had Ukrainian and Polish ancestry.

He was part of the group Northern Lights.

Was a good friends with Macaulay Culkin, Wayne Gretzky, Eugene Levy and Steve Martin.

He was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 1998.

Featured in music videos for:

Ray Parker Jr. "Ghostbusters" (1984)

The Traveling Wilburys "Wilbury Twist" (1991)

Had production company "Frostbacks Productions".

He won the Banff Television Festival Sir Peter Ustinov Award in 1992.

He won the Gemini Earle Grey Award in 1995.

He was a co-owner of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

John died on March 4, 1994, Durango, Mexico, at the age of 43.


He was married to Rosemary Margaret Hobor (1979-1994) they had a son, Christopher Michael and a daughter, Jennifer Anne.

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