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John Candy was an American actor and comedian known for such films as Splash, Uncle Buck and Cool Runnings.
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While the film was maligned by critics, Candy went on to score a big hit with the John Hughes comedy Uncle Buck (1989). In 1990, he appeared in a smaller role in the smash Home Alone, starring Macaulay Culkin.
Due to his tall stature and generous size, Candy often played the big guy and provided comic relief. In 1991, however,
he had a rare opportunity to play a romantic lead in Chris Columbus's Only the Lonely with Ally Sheedy and Maureen O'Hara. That same year, he demonstrated some dramatic ability with a bit part in Oliver Stone's political thriller JFK.
Returning to more familiar territory, Candy enjoyed another wave of box-office success with 1993's Cool Runnings, which tells the story of the first Jamaican bobsled team's efforts to enter the Olympic Games.
Candy had just completed work on a new comedy western, Wagons East, when tragedy struck: He was found dead on location in Durango, Mexico, on March 4, 1994, at the age of 43. It was later reported that the actor had suffered a heart attack in his sleep. Candy had struggled with his weight for much of his career and was also a heavy smoker. He left behind a wife, Rosemary, and two children, Jennifer and Christopher.
In addition to being a veteran of more than 40 films, Candy was an avid sports fan and co-owned a Canadian Football League franchise, the Toronto Argonauts. Additionally, he owned a chain of blues bars and restaurants called House of Blues with Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi.
The entertainment world greatly mourned the death of Candy, who was known in the industry for his warmth and generosity, and remains widely revered as a unique comedic talent. As a writer for Maclean's stated, Candy "could be as funny as anyone. But what set him apart was a tenderness, a gentle emotional candor that made him instantly credible and lovable."
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