Thought l would kick start this new series today with the Great John Candy
John Candy 1950 – 1994 Week
John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian comedian and actor known mainly for his work in Hollywood films. Candy rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of the Second City and its related Second City Television series, and through his appearances in such comedy films as Stripes, Splash, Cool Runnings, Summer Rental, Home Alone, The Great Outdoors, Spaceballs, and Uncle Buck, as well as more dramatic roles in Only the Lonely and JFK. One of his most renowned onscreen performances was as Del Griffith, the loquacious shower-curtain ring salesman in the John Hughes comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
While filming the Western parody Wagons East!, Candy died of a heart attack in Durango, Mexico, on March 4, 1994, aged 43. His final two films, Wagons East! and Canadian Bacon, are dedicated to his memory.
Class of ’44 1973 – Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser, John Candy [uncredited]
I became aware of the work of John Candy for the first time properly in the film Splash with fellow co-star Tom Hanks, and not long after that l caught a showing of a film he first starred in [uncredited] called Class of ’44. I admired all his films and l truly admired him. Our first offering under The Greats of our Time series is dedicated to John Candy.
This week we will look at what are considered his Top 20 All Time favourite Movies and Performances.
Splash 1984 – Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy [6/20]
Going Beserk 1983 – John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy 20/20
So there we go folks, our first part to The John Candy Week! More tomorrow, however this first episode is dedicated to: