Over the years, we’ve lost many incredible comedians. Among them is John Candy. The actor passed away many years ago, but is still fondly remembered by his colleagues and admirers of the craft. Here’s what you need to know about Candy, including a recent tribute to him and his net worth at the time of his death.
Who was John Candy?
Though he soon became known internationally, Candy got his start in his native Canada. He was a member of Second City in Toronto in the 1970s and ‘80s, acting alongside big names like Martin Short, Rick Moranis, and Schitt’s Creek co-stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara. His foray into Hollywood began with acclaimed films such as National Lampoon’s Vacation.
What have you seen him in?
Candy’s breakthrough role was in Splash, in which he played the brother of Tom Hanks’ lead character. He appeared in movies such as Armed and Dangerous and Spaceballs in the 1980s. Candy’s first big leading role was as traveling salesman and foil to Steve Martin’s more serious character in Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
He worked with John Hughes on many other films, including The Great Outdoors and Uncle Buck. Others may know him for his turn as bobsled coach Irv in Cool Runnings or as the leader of the polka band who helped Kevin’s mom get back to him in Home Alone.
He passed away 25 years ago
Candy’s comedic work is the stuff of legends, and when he passed away at the age of 43, it was a huge loss to Hollywood and the acting community. Fellow Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds paid tribute to him on the 25th anniversary of his death with a series of clips from some of his greatest works. Reynolds shared it on Twitter, thanking Candy’s children, Chris and Jennifer, in the process.
How did he die?
The cause of Candy’s death was never officially determined. The actor struggled with his weight and suffered from health issues related to that. Additionally, he smoked cigarettes. It was presumed that Candy died of a heart attack.
What was Candy’s net worth when he died?
Following his death, Candy was survived by his wife and two children. He was worth an estimated $15 million according to Celebrity Net Worth, which we would presume went to his family. Though that may seem a bit low by today’s standards, in 1994, this was very impressive. Candy had really only just started to get big in Hollywood over the last several years of his career, so it stands to reason that he would have been able to grow that fortune quite a bit if not for his unfortunate early passing.
Candy was still working at the time of his death — in fact, he was on hiatus from shooting a Western comedy Wagons East! The film was released after his death, as was Canadian Bacon, which was directed by Michael Moore. He also had numerous unrealized projects in the pipeline, including animated TV film The Magic 7.