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He was also part owner of the Toronto Argonauts from 1991 until his death. The Argos won the 1991 Gray Cup while he was a co-owner.
“Wherever you go in the world, just say you’re Canadian and people are laughing,” Candy said one day.
His contributions to the Canadian entertainment industry have made him one of the greatest and funniest character actors in Canada with a career spanning over two decades.
He rose to fame as a member of Toronto’s Second City sketch troupe, and then as a cast member of the Toronto television series SCTV alongside comedy legends Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Dave Thomas and Harold Ramis.
When he hit big in Hollywood, he played charming and memorable characters in classic films such as The Great Outdoors; Planes, trains and automobiles; Uncle Buck; Alone at home; Cool Runnings; and Canadian bacon.
“John Candy would have been 70 (Saturday). His sudden death was deeply felt in Toronto and around the world, ”read a statement issued by the city. “His legacy lives on through his family, iconic performances and many accolades, including his induction into the Canadian Walk of Fame and the East York Hall of Fame.