1994 – death of John Candy, Canadian comedian and actor
. John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian actor and comedian. Candy rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of The Second City and its related Second City Television series and through his appearances in such comedy films as Stripes
, Cool Runnings
, Summer Rental
, The Great Outdoors
, and Uncle Buck
. One of his most renowned onscreen performances was as Del Griffith, the loquacious, on-the-move shower-curtain ring salesman in the John Hughes comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles
. While filming the Western parody Wagons East!
, Candy died of a heart attack in his sleep in Durango, Mexico, on March 4, 1994, aged 43. His final two films, Wagons East!
and Canadian Bacon
, are dedicated to his memory.