John Candy 1970, people say he was one of the sweetest men…


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  1. Loved his work in anything he was in. Of all the stories about what a wonderful person he was off screen, the top one that sticks in my head is what he did for Maureen O’Hara.

    >Co-star Jim Belushi recounted this story: On the set of Only the Lonely, the producers stuck Maureen O’Hara in a tiny trailer. When John Candy complained on her behalf, he was told the budget was being spent on the picture, not on accommodations for old movie stars. Candy responded by giving O’Hara his trailer and going without one until the studio finally caved in and got a trailer for each actor.

  2. “Allow me to introduce myself. Gus Polinski. Polka King of the Midwest.”

    Heard he was very big in Sheboygan.

  3. I really miss John Candy. I loved his work. Uncle Buck is still one of my favorite movies of all time.

  4. Director John Hughes cited John Candy’s death to why he left Hollywood. “They worked my friend to death” was his reasoning, and he took it very personally. Unlike a lot of people who see Hollywood as business or work, these guys saw it as an opportunity to play. We are the poorer for both their passings

  5. I remember growing up watching Uncle Buck wishing I had an uncle that would come into my life like that. There was something about his performances that felt so genuine and honest. It’s too bad he went so early. He was the type of comedian that didn’t have to be funny to be entertaining, but was hilarious. He could enhance the performance of the rest of the cast and turn the most ridiculous scenes into something that made sense. Giant pancakes for his nephews birthday? He not only made it seem like a normal thing, he got me thinking I might be able to pull something like that off.

    Stick him with someone serious and he could play the goof. Give him the goof and he could flip into serious. I think if it were judged proper, he should have had an Oscar for Trains, Planes, and Automobiles. Everything he did in the end made sense and when you get to those final scenes you realize all those things that were funny were tragic.

    He played so well the unforgettable forgotten man. Roles filled with slapstick and soul. John Candy was unforgettable, but his style is hard to describe until you see it and then it hits you, that’s John Candy.

  6. Just watched *Summer Rental* this weekend. One of my favorite actors in one of my favorite movies.

  7. Mid 1990s I went to a kings game at the Great Western Forum. My mother and I waited outside the Forum Club to get some players autographs an d realized we had no sharpie. She sent me to out car, located out in the vast never ending parking lot. I found the car, got the sharpie, and turned to find Mr. Candy walking in the parking lot alone. I was so stunned. I walked up to him and he stopped in his tracks flashing a huge smile. The only thing I could think to say was “Uncle Buck?”. He giggled, snatched the hat off my head and the pen from my hand, and signed the brim. I was frozen with glee. He handed it back, patted me on hte head and said “Always have fun kid”.

  8. “The Great Outdoors” was the movie my family would always watch together. I don’t see it brought up as often when remembering Candy, but it’s funny. I know there are definitely parts they could have done without but overall it’s a fun movie.

  9. Every thanksgiving without fail, my brother in law and I sit down to watch Planes Trains and Automobiles after the first round of eating (its thanksgiving, you know there is the early round and the late round). His acting and range in that movie is so profound. Truly gone too soon but around enough to impact so many people in so many ways. Another great movie that hardly gets mentioned is “Only the Lonely”. Give it a shot if you have the time.

  10. He was actually my wife’s cousin (they shared a great-grandparent). According to the family he would actually show up just like Uncle Buck, full of energy and fun. He stopped going to family events when the paparazzi got too bad. There’s a lovely framed family photo with him in it that my mother-in-law has in there home, she said that he was the nicest man she ever knew.

  11. It’s impossible to put into words what a legend this guy is… imagine the stuff he woulda done if he had the chance… one of the very best

  12. You wanna hurt me? Go right ahead if it makes you feel any better. I’m an easy target. Yeah, you’re right, I talk too much. I also listen too much. I could be a cold-hearted cynic like you… but I don’t like to hurt people’s feelings. Well, you think what you want about me; I’m not changing. I like… I like me. My wife likes me. My customers like me. ‘Cause I’m the real article. What you see is what you get.

  13. I’ve never heard a single negative thing about him, quite the opposite actually. He was universally loved and admired by all who knew him. Just hearing his voice makes my soul smile

  14. Who’s Harry Crumb was one of my favorite movies as a kid. Probably still is. Shit, I gotta watch it now.

  15. Had been a fan since his Second City days (Johnny LaRue was Boss!). He just had so much heart and nuance that I would imagine he would still be in demand today.

  16. “You see, drinking is a matter of algebraic ratio. How drunk you get is caused by the amount of alcohol you consume in relation to your total body weight. You see my point? It’s not that you had too much to drink. You’re just too skinny.” Splash was my favorite.

  17. Anyone love him in the comedy “Volunteers” with Tom Hanks? Tom Tuttle from Tacoma building a bridge in the middle of the jungle for the Peace Corps. Epic.

  18. My high-school philosophy teacher went to high school and played football with John, they grew up in Toronto. Man was a near Saint according to him.

  19. He died way before I was born but I always loved his aura. I had an abusive father and I have no uncles or grandpas in my life… no positive male role models. Movies like uncle buck just made me happy

  20. I read some story of a guy working on a movie set unloading a truck or something on his own, and he looked around to ask for help and asked the first big dude he could find to help him. Of course it was John, and he said yes. A few minutes later a PA came up and told him he had to go to set. John said he’d be there after he finished helping. The man was a national treasure

  21. I was a single parent (dad) of a daughter…. and I learned everything I ever had to know from Uncle Buck…

  22. Summer Rental is a classic, as is Brewster’s Millions, Stripes and Splash. The Great Outdoors wasn’t bad either. Candy was great!

  23. Splash is kind of cringy but Candy’s range is incredible. Wish he had done more than silly comedies and focused a bit on dramtic acting. His larger than life persona filled the screen and when he was on, all hour attention went to him.