John Candy

John Candy is one of my favorite actors. Maybe he wasn't the most versatile performer, and perhaps the roles he chose did not lend themselves to much complexity. But every movie the man made was a classic. And what made them classic was a combination of three factors:

1) The characters he played were extremely relatable and likeable. Who wouldn't want to go on a trip up north with him and the 'fam to The Great Outdoors?

2) It is fun to live vicariously through his roles. How great would it be to creep out "Bug" at the local teenager hideout or make giant pancakes as in Uncle Buck, and how fun would it be to spend an entire summer learning to sail with Scully like he did in Summer Rental?

3) His films remind you of what is truly important in life. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Brewster's Millions are two among many movies he starred in that point out the importance of friendship, charity, and honesty.

John Candy passed away on March 4, 1994 at only 44 years old, but he left us with dozens of movies to enjoy over and over again.

Comments

This is excellent. Those are such funny films. Let's not forget Summer Rental. Another hilarious classic.


How to measure love for this guy?? In bucketfulls!

He is so amazingly funny.... I wish I had a relative in real life like Uncle Buck. How awesome would that be at Thanksgiving and Christmas to have him around?

He'd be the uncle that'd give you a fifth of Beam for your 13 birthday, slap you on the back telling you not to drink it all in one place, then instruct the polka band to fire up "Roll Out the Barrel" for you....