Actor and comedian John Candy had two children with his wife, Rosemary Hobor. Candy died at such a young age that he could not see any of his kids graduate from high school.
One of Canada’s funniest character actors, John Candy, was born in October 1950 and discovered he wanted to pursue an acting career while attending a community college. His TV debut came in an episode of “Dr. Simon Locke” in 1974.
From that point on, he kept landing small parts in other Canadian films and TV shows. Candy’s popularity skyrocketed after joining the Toronto comedy group “Second City” when he was 27 years old.
John Candy at an award ceremony in the 90s | Photo: Getty Images
JOHN CANDY’S LIFE AND CAREER
In 1976, “Second City TV” was created, and Candy earned two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing and an excellent reputation for his impressive imitations and quirky humor.
In 1984, he portrayed Freddy Bauer in the hit comedy “Splash” alongside Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. Still, his most memorable performance was in “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” in 1987.
Unfortunately, the actor passed away on March 4, 1994, in Durango, Mexico, where he was filming “Wagons East,” a Western comedy, with actor Richard Lewis.
John Candy’s cause of death was quite shocking because, although he was only 43 years old, he had a heart attack while sleeping at his residence. He was survived by his wife Rosemary Margaret Hobor, their daughter Jennifer, and son Christopher.
JOHN CANDY’S KIDS
Speaking of the late comedian’s family, he and Hobor tied the knot in April 1979 and welcomed their first child, Jennifer Candy, in February 1980. Christopher, the former couple’s second kid, joined the family in September 1984.
Both Jennifer and Christopher Candy, who were 14 and 9 years old, respectively, followed in their late father’s footsteps and are currently involved in the entertainment industry.
In Christopher’s case, he’s an actor, writer, and producer who has appeared in “Murder in the First,” “Mousse and Staché: Life Coaches,” and “Two Minutes to Midnight.”
On the other hand, Jennifer is an actress and producer known for acting in “Liv and Maddie” and “Sydney & Max,” and producing “Prom Queen” and “Cockpit.”
[Jennifer Candy’s] no longer trying to be just like him.
DEALING WITH CANDY’S DEATH
In 2016, Christopher and Jennifer shared some details on their father’s death, including that a piece of amethyst Candy had taken home abruptly shattered in pieces. Hobor told their then-young children that it was Candy’s way of saying goodbye.
Christopher said that his dad told him, “I love you and goodnight” the night before he died. Jennifer confessed that the last time she talked to Candy on the phone, she was “slightly distant” because she was studying for a vocabulary test.
Candy’s children really learned what the paparazzi was about following their dad’s death as cameras surrounded them shortly after the actor’s passing.
MAKING A NAME FOR THEMSELVES
Jennifer Candy, also a stand-up comedian, once pointed out that her father was a big comic icon, so she’s no longer trying to be just like him. She said her brother got Candy’s sense of humor, but Christopher actually thinks the same of his sister.
Candy's daughter made one thing clear: her father didn’t want his children to enter the entertainment industry. Jennifer believes that if her dad were alive, he would have embraced her and Christopher’s careers.
John Candy’s daughter shared beautiful throwback photos on her dad’s 26th death anniversary. One image showed the actor and Jennifer next to a dog and several pumpkins at their family home, while others showed the duo engaged in different activities.
At the moment, Christopher Candy is expected to appear in “Six Feet Apart.” Jennifer Candy’s last appearance on TV was in the 2019 short film “Chowchilla,” written by Christopher. They are making their father proud.
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