His first movie role was in a small 1973 film, "Class of 44 and continued to appear on other low budget films during the 1970's including a film "Silent Partner" with Elliott Gould and Christopher Plummer. He was also a member of Toronto's "The Second City" where he continued to gain North American popularity as a cast member of the comedy variety show "Second City Television" and won Emmy awards for the show's writing in 1981 and 82. Candy was great at impersonations including Jerry Mathers "The Beaver" "Jimmy the Greek" Richard Burton, and Jackie Gleason along with several others.
In 1980, Candy began a more active film career having appeared in "1941" and "The Blues Brothers" Soon after, he had a role in the successful film "Stripes" along with appearance in "National Lampoon's Vacation" and appeared on Saturday Night Live on two different occasions. Three years later he headlined the film "Going Beserk" and was soon approached about doing a role in an upcoming film called "Ghost Busters"
Over the years, Candy became a box office sensation with roles on some of the funniest movies ever. He had a supporting role in "Spaceballs" followed by "Volunteers" "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" Who's Harry Crumb?" and one of my favorites "Uncle Buck" He also produced and starred in a Saturday morning animated children's show "Camp Candy"
Candy's career took a decline in the early 1990's. He had roles in comedies but also tried to blow air into his career by taking a couple of serious roles. He appeared in "Only the Lonely" and Oliver Stone's "JFK as a shady lawyer.
Candy appeared in 34 movies during the 1980's which allowed him "to go from macaroni and cheese to macaroni and lobster."
John Candy along with hockey great Wayne Gretzky became part owners of a Canadian Football team, "Toronto Argonauts" that attracted a great deal of attention in Canada.
|Candy's prayer card|
|John Candy's funeral program|
|Candy's memorial service|
A memorial service was also held in St. John's Cathedral in Toronto and was broadcast live on Canadian television.
John Candy rests in a mausoleum in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California (two crypts above actor Fred MacMurray of My Three Sons fame).