Remembering John Candy and His Legacy in Both Comedy and Kindness
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The endless outpouring of tributes on the 25th anniversary of John Candy’s death on Monday painted a picture of a man who was not only revered for his talent as a comedian, but also for the lives he touched.
From his early days with SCTV and films including Splash, Uncle Buck and Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Candy defined a generation of comedy and still influences comedians in the industry today.
Ryan Reynolds, 42, took to twitter on Monday to post an original tribute video highlighting Candy’s career, which even caught the attention of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“If you haven’t seen much of his work, take a look at his films. He was a treasure,” Reynolds wrote in the accompanying caption.
His children say their father’s legacy is still apparent in their interactions with fans who often tell them stories about meeting him or watching his movies.
“It’s something that can go from generation to generation to generation, so I don’t see that slowing down any time soon, just because of everyone who loved him and the work that he created was timeless,” his daughter Jennifer Candy told Global News.
“It’s interesting for us, too, because we’ve been in the centre of his life that’s lived on past his passing,” added son Christopher Candy in an interview with Global News.
Born in Newmarket, Ont., Candy got his start as a member of Toronto’s Second City sketch troupe and then became a cast member on Second City Television.
During his time on SCTV, Candy displayed his comedic versatility with a number of characters including TV personality Johnny LaRue, and clarinetist Yosh Shmenge of the Shmenge Brothers polka duo.