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.
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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“Home Alone” (1990)
“Cool Runnings” (1993)