On This Day

John Candy

Actor and Comedian John Candy
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Profession: Actor and Comedian


Biography: Rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of The Second City, and through his appearances in comedy films, including "Cool Runnings" and "Spaceballs".

Perhaps best known as Del Griffith, the loquacious salesman in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles".

Born: October 31, 1950
Birthplace: Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: March 4, 1994 (aged 43)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Married Life

  • 1979-04-28 Actor and comedian John Candy (28) weds Rosemary Margaret Hobor at St. Basil's Church in Toronto, Canada

Historical Events

  • 1981-06-26 "Stripes", American military comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and John Candy premieres
  • 1991-02-25 Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky and John Candy buy CFL's Toronto Argonauts
  • 1991-11-24 CFL Grey Cup, Winnipeg Stadium: Toronto Argonauts defeat Calgary Stampeders, 36-21; Argos under new ownership of LA Kings owner Bruce McNall, hockey player Wayne Gretzky and actor John Candy