->''"As long as you can savor the humorous aspect of misery and misfortune, you can overcome anything."''

John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 March 4, 1994) was a Canadian actor and comedian. He came to wide public awareness as a member of the Second City comedy troupe, and its TV series, ''{{Series/SCTV}}''. Known for bringing warmth and likability to characters who otherwise would have been incredibly obnoxious, he appeared in such comedies as ''Film/{{Stripes}}'', ''Film/{{Splash}}'', ''Film/CoolRunnings'', ''Film/TheGreatOutdoors'', ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', ''Film/UncleBuck'', and ''Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles''.

Candy was born in Newmarket, Ontario, the child of a working-class Roman Catholic family. His first big acting gig was the short-lived, late-night 1976 television talk show ''Ninety Minutes Live'' (where he was partnered with future co-star Creator/RickMoranis). That same year he joined the cast of ''Series/{{SCTV}}''. In 1980, he moved from the small-screen to the movies. His first film appearance was as a supporting player in Creator/StevenSpielberg's ''Film/NineteenFortyOne'', and from there he appeared as Joliet Jake's parole officer in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' in the same year. Candy also had a SaturdayMorningCartoon in the late 1980s called ''Camp Candy'', where he voices himself as a camp counselor to a bunch of misfit kids. ''Camp Candy'' is the second cartoon created by an ''SCTV'' cast member (after Martin Short's ''The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley''), though Candy's counselor character was not based on a recurring character he did on ''SCTV''.

Unusually, many film critics believe that his best performance isn't any of his comedies, but rather is his [[PlayingAgainstType cold-blooded, hostile performance]] as Dean Andrews Jr., a [[SimpleCountryLawyer shady Southern lawyer]] in Creator/OliverStone's ''Film/{{JFK}}''.

Candy struggled with obesity throughout his adult life, along with the accompanying problems of high blood pressure and diabetes. While filming his last movie (the critically panned ''Film/WagonsEast''), he suffered a fatal heart attack while sleeping, and died at age 43. Although the majority of his scenes had been shot, ''Film/CanadianBacon'' was released more than [[DevelopmentHell a full year after his passing]].

In 1998, Candy was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame, and in 2006, Candy became one of the first four entertainers ever honored by Canada Post by being featured on a postage stamp.
!!Partial Filmography
* ''Film/NineteenFortyOne''
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''
* ''Film/NationalLampoonsVacation''
* ''Film/SummerRental''
* ''Film/{{Dragnet}}''
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''
* ''Film/CoolRunnings''
* ''Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles''
* ''Film/UncleBuck''
* ''Film/WhosHarryCrumb''
* ''Film/HomeAlone''
!! Tropes Associated with John Candy
* NiceGuy: A rare example of "Nice Character, Even Nicer Actor." All of his friends and colleagues have said what a warm, outgoing person Candy was, not unlike the characters he played. To quote [[Film/PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles one of his more famous characters]], Candy was the real article, what you saw was what you got.