John Candy Death Photo Biography
On 31 October 1950, John Franklin Candy was born in Toronto, Canada. Candy showed promise in many fields during his childhood.
He was considered a solid student and excellent American football player during his tenure at Neil McNeil High School. He also managed to cultivate a ‘big and loveable’ image, which he would use as the cornerstone of his career in later life.
Indeed, realising and appreciating his likeable persona, he decided to take acting classes, while studying journalism at a Toronto Community College. These paid dividends for Candy, and before long he was auditioning for small roles on stage and screen.
After several years of this foray into acting, John Candy was offered and accepted a role in the Ontario ‘Children’s Theatre’. The big man was a hit with children. Commercials, low budget movies and children’s television specials such as ‘Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins’ soon followed.
His career in comedy received a further boost when he joined the popular ‘Second City’ improvisational comedy group. Here, he had the opportunity to work alongside more established actors like Eugene Levy and Rick Moranis, and it also gave him further opportunities in television, as he became a regular writer and performer on ‘Second City Television’. Candy was fast becoming a celebrated comedian and, by 1988, had won two Emmy awards for his work.
Substantial film roles augmented his growing fame. He appeared in the now legendary ‘Blues Brothers’, alongside Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi, and in other, less famous movies. Moreover, he achieved so much success that, by 1984, Candy was totally focused on making movies. In the same year, he received huge recognition for his acting with Tom Hanks in ‘Splash’.
At this point, work was abundant. He featured in famous comedies, such as ‘Spaceballs’, ‘Cool Runnings’ and ‘Home Alone’, but also in more dramatic films such as ‘JFK’ and ‘Only the Lonely’. By 1990, John Candy was the most renowned big, huggable man in Hollywood.
Sadly, however, under this loveable façade Candy was tormented by his own demons: he was anguished by his weight. He feared for his health and was never entirely happy with his appearance, but by the same token feared that his audience would no longer love him if he lost weight.
Tragically, he was trapped in his big, loveable persona. This was to cost him his life. John Candy died, on 4 March 1994, from a heart attack, at the age of 43.