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John Franklin Candy was born on October 31, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He took drama classes at the community college in Toronto. He also held a variety of odd jobs before he landed his first acting role in a children’s theater group in Ontario. After doing television commercials and acting in Canadian movies, John Candy was offered to join the Second City comedy troupe. In 1977, he became a regular performer and writer for SCTV show. By 1981, when the television show went to network television, Candy was a featured performer on the show.

He tried out for the movie "Splash" (1994) and was given the part acting opposite Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. This film boosted his career and Candy was now known as a film actor. Many of the movies he made were hits with his fans and moviegoers. He acted in over forty films.

On screen, Candy was known for his sense of humor and the comedic roles he starred in. Off screen, John Candy was a very private person who stayed to himself. The actors he worked with on his last movie (which was being filmed in Durango, Mexico) "Wagons East!" said that Mr. Candy must have known that he was going to die because he did something that he had never done before. He called everyone on the phone that was with him in the scene they shot that day and told them that everyone did a wonderful job. That he was pleased with how the scene turned out. He died in March 4,1994 of a heart attack which he had in his sleep. He had problems with his weight and sticking to a diet and at the time of his death, he weighed over 250 pounds.