The Greats Of Our Time



Thought l would kick start this new series today with the Great John Candy

The Greats Of Our Time Directory


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.

John Candy

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:





9 thoughts on “The Greats Of Our Time

  1. Aww thanks! Eugene Levy is a great too as well as Tom Hanks and Chevy Chase! Have you seen the Netflix show with Eugene Levy and his son? It’s weird and funny!

  2. Oh so glad you highlighted John Candy. I get the giggles as soon as I see him. He was hilarious and incredibly talented. My favourite John Candy movie is Planes, Trains and Automobiles (with Steve Martin). He made us laugh AND cry in that one. I saw it the first time at the movie theatre and people were practically falling out of their seats laughing. If I am down, that movie is my guaranteed pick-me-up 😊

  3. I haven’t seen anything with John Candy I didn’t love – one of my absolute favorites. I was devastated when he died, I didn’t want it to be true

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