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About John Candy John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian-American comedian and actor. He rose to fame as a member of the Toronto, Ontario branch of The Second City. One of his most renowned on-screen performances was that of Del Griffith in the John Hughes comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles.Candy was born and raised in Toronto, the son of Evangeline (née Aker) and Sidney James Candy. He had an older brother named Jim and a younger brother known as Young Nicky whose whereabouts are unknown. His father died of a heart attack at age 35 when Candy was five years old. Candy's grandfather had also died of a heart attack at a young age. He attended Neil McNeil High School, an all-boys Catholic school in Toronto, where he played football. Candy's first movie role was a small uncredited appearance in the 1973 film Class of '44. He appeared in several other low-budget films in the 1970s. In 1976, Candy played a supporting role (with Rick Moranis) on Peter Gzowski's short-lived, late-night television talk show, Ninety Minutes Live. That same year, as a member of Toronto's branch of The Second City, he gained wide North American popularity, which grew when he became a cast member on the influential Toronto-based comedy-variety show Second City Television (SCTV). NBC picked the show up in 1981 and it quickly became a fan favorite.

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Rank Name Total
1. Keanu Reeves 122
2. Jim Carrey 109
3. John Candy 101
4. Leslie Nielsen 100
5. Luke Macfarlane 34
6. Rick Moranis 15
7. Mike Myers 14
8. Michael J. Fox 5
9. Jason Priestley 2
10. Brendan Fraser 0

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390. Anthony Quinn 102
391. Richard Gere 102
392. Paul Newman 102
393. Jack Lemmon 101
394. John Candy 101
395. Ambareesh 101
396. Santhosh Pandit 101
397. Marjan Gjorgievski 100
398. John Wayne 100

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