Dailies | Remembering John Candy 20 Years Later: 5 of the Actor’s Funniest Clips (Video)

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The actor showed brilliant comedic and dramatic range in a far-too-short career

Beloved Canadian comedic actor John Candy died 20 years ago today, well ahead of his time.

Though just 43-years-old when he passed, the larger-than-life personality left behind an admirable careers-worth of classic movie comedy moments. He also had a flair for the dramatic; perhaps both sides of the artist were best captured by his portrayal of shower curtain ring salesman Del Griffith in John Hughes‘ 1987 hit film “Planes, Trains & Automobiles.”

Candy also starred in “Stripes,” “Splash,” and “The Great Outdoors,” to name a few. He died of a heart attack in his sleep while filming western parody “Wagons East!” in Mexico in 1994.

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Here are 5 of the best comedic Candy clips from some of his biggest hit films:

“Planes, Trains & Automobiles” (1987)

“Uncle Buck” (1989)

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“Spaceballs” (1987)

“Home Alone” (1990)

“Cool Runnings” (1993)

  • David

    Love John Candy, and especially in Cool Runnings

  • hoodedman

    Have to say, his work in STRIPES beats all of these hands down!