John Candy

1950 - 1994

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John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian actor and comedian known mainly for his work in Hollywood films. Candy rose to fame in the 1970s as a member of the Toronto branch of the Second City and its Second City Television (SCTV) series, and through his appearances in comedy films, including Stripes, National Lampoon's Vacation, Splash, Cool Runnings, Summer Rental, 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 talkative shower-curtain ring salesman in the John Hughes comedy film Planes, Trains and Automobiles. In addition to his work as an actor, Candy was a co-owner of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL), and the team won the 1991 Grey Cup under his ownership. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Candy has received more than 15,054,381 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). John Candy is the 1,190th most popular actor (up from 1,233rd in 2019), the 81st most popular biography from Canada (up from 94th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular Canadian Actor.

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  • 40

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  • 2.70

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  • 4.95

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Among actors, John Candy ranks 1,190 out of 10,030Before him are Armand Assante, Maureen O'Sullivan, Griffin Dunne, Anne Parillaud, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and Blythe Danner. After him are Claude Gensac, Emilia Clarke, Elijah Wood, Geraldine Page, Ted Danson, and Vincent Schiavelli.

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Among people born in 1950, John Candy ranks 80Before him are Abdurrahim El-Keib, Chung Sye-kyun, Nora Roberts, Eric Carr, Joe Perry, and Corinne Cléry. After him are Hiroshi Kanazawa, Bernie Taupin, Karen Carpenter, Lakshmi Mittal, Grigory Sokolov, and Javier Clemente. Among people deceased in 1994, John Candy ranks 83Before him are Walter Lantz, Johannes Steinhoff, Federica Montseny, Jérôme Lejeune, Andrés Escobar, and Jean Borotra. After him are Nikolai Ogarkov, Juan Carlos Onetti, Donald Judd, Woody Strode, Alain Cuny, and Joe Pass.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, John Candy ranks 81 out of 1,130Before him are Rudolph A. Marcus (1923), Edward Dmytryk (1908), Justin Bieber (1994), Lester B. Pearson (1897), Victor Garber (1949), and Norman Jewison (1926). After him are Maurice Richard (1921), Jacques Villeneuve (1971), Brian Tracy (1944), Ian Stevenson (1918), Joe Weider (1919), and Norma Shearer (1902).

Among ACTORS In Canada

Among actors born in Canada, John Candy ranks 22Before him are Mike Myers (1963), Carrie-Anne Moss (1967), Geneviève Bujold (1942), Yvonne De Carlo (1922), Rachel McAdams (1978), and Victor Garber (1949). After him are Norma Shearer (1902), James Doohan (1920), Eric McCormack (1963), Deanna Durbin (1921), Bruce Greenwood (1956), and William B. Davis (1938).

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