World News – CA – Toronto proclaims October 31st John Candy Day

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For residents of Toronto, October 31 is officially a new holiday As of Friday, the city of Toronto proclaimed October 31 as John Candy Day in honor of the late comedian Born October 31, 1950, the news arrives just in time for what would have been the beloved actor’s 70th birthday. Originally from Canada, Candy first rose to prominence as Toronto’s The Second City troupe, a comedy company of improvisation which also spawned iconic comedians like Dan Aykroyd, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Martin Short and Mike Myers

His stint with Second City catapulted him to Hollywood stardom, where he starred in beloved films from Cool Runnings to Spaceballs, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Candy died of a heart attack at the age of 43 At the time, he was filming Wagons East! and died during the home stretch and the production ended up rewriting the script to complete Candy’s scenes. Outside of acting, Candy was part owner of the CFL Toronto Argonauts

« John Candy is a Canadian treasure who has brought great joy to so many through his humor, his acting and his contributions to the entertainment industry and beyond, » said the Mayor of Toronto, John Tory, in a press release « I was fortunate enough to know him when he owned Argo He was an honest and humble man like many famous Canadians and I have the privilege of honor his humor, his heritage and the pride he brought to our city on what would have been his 70th birthday »

« WHEREAS John Candy was a beloved actor and comedian born October 31, 1950 He rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of The Second City and of the Toronto television series SCTV, where he was known for his creative characters and his humor

John Candy’s career developed in Hollywood where he often played adorable characters His breakout role came in the movie Splash playing Tom Hanks’ brother He also starred in The Great Outdoors movies, Summer Rental, Cool Runnings, Home Alone, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Uncle Buck and countless other movies

Today, on what would have been his 70th birthday, we remember that he had proud roots in Toronto, living in East York as a child, attending Scarborough High School and becoming Co-owner of the Toronto Argonauts from 1991 until his death in 1994 The Argos won the 1991 Gray Cup while he was co-owner

His sudden death was deeply felt in our city and around the world His legacy lives on through his family, iconic performances and his induction into Canadian Walk of Fame and the East York Hall of Fame

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NOW THEREFORE I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council hereby proclaim October 31, 2020 “John Candy Day” in the City of Toronto ”

John Candy, Toronto, John Tory, Uncle Buck, October 31

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SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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