John Candy

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John Candy was a Canadian comedian and actor.

Candy played a supporting role (together with Rick Moranis) on Peter Gzowski's short-lived late night television talk show, 'Ninety Minutes Live', in 1976, and a member of Toronto's The Second City comedy troupe, gaining wide North American popularity when, in 1976, he became a cast member on the influential Toronto-based T.V. comedy-variety show Second City Television (S.C.T.V.).

Among his more memorable characterizations for that show were venal street-beat tv personality Johnny LaRue, 3-D horror auteur Dr. Tongue, sycophantic and easily amused talk-show sidekick William B. Williams, quiescent Melonville Mayor Tommy Shanks, cheerful Leutonian clarinetist Yosh Shmenge, folksy fishin' musician Gil Fischer, handsome if accent-challenged tv actor Steve Roman, hapless children's entertainer Mr. Messenger, corrupt soap opera doctor William Wainwright and smut merchant Harry, the Guy With the Snake on His Face.

In 1991, Candy, along with Bruce McNall and Wayne Gretzky became co-owner of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. The celebrity ownership group attracted a lot of attention in Canada and the team spent a significant amount of money, even signing highly touted National Football League players.

In the early 1990s, Candy returned to animation to record a voice for the T.V. film The Magic 7. However, this film remained in production for a very long time, due to animation difficulties and production delays. It was shelved for some time, but is now due to be released in 2006, more than 10 years after the actor's death.

Candy died of a massive heart attack in his sleep at the age of 43 during filming on location in Durango, Mexico, for the film Wagons East which was completed and released a few months after his death.