SNL Host John Candy
John Candy
Born: October 31, 1950
Time on SNL: As Host:
October 22, 1983
October 17, 1981
March 2, 1985

John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian actor and comedian who 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 comedy films such as Stripes, Splash, Cool Runnings, Summer Rental, The Great Outdoors, Spaceballs, 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. On March 4, 1994, while filming the Western parody Wagons East!, Candy died of a massive heart attack in his sleep in Durango, Mexico, at the age of 43. His final two films, Wagons East! and Canadian Bacon, are dedicated to his memory.

Candy was sought after by Dick Ebersol to be a member of the new mid-season 6 cast, but he didn't wish to leave SCTV. He hosted Saturday Night Live on October 22, 1983 and also made cameos on October 17, 1981 and March 2, 1985.


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