John Franklin Candy was a Canadian actor and comedian who was best known for his roles in Hollywood movies.
Candy rose to prominence in the 1970s as a member of the Second City’s Toronto branch and its Second City Television (SCTV) series, as well as through roles in comedies such as Stripes (1981),
Splash (1984), Summer Rental (1985), Spaceballs (1987), The Great Outdoors (1988), Uncle Buck (1989), and Cool Runnings (1993), as well as more dramatic roles in Only the Lonely and JFK (both 1991).
In the John Hughes comedy film Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, he played Del Griffith, a talkative shower curtain ring salesman (1987).
Candy was born in Toronto on October 31, 1950, and raised in Newmarket, Ontario. He was raised in a working-class Catholic family as the son of Sidney James Candy (1920-1955) and Evangeline Candy (1916-2009).
Candy attended Toronto’s Neil McNeil Catholic High School. Long before he considered acting, he wanted to be a football player, but a knee injury prevented him from doing so.
Later, he studied journalism at Centennial College before enrolling at McMaster University. He began acting while still in college.
John Candy Net Worth Before His Death
At the time of his death in 1994, he had a net worth of $15 million.