For those unfamiliar with his work, John Candy was a Canadian actor/comedian who rose to fame as a member of the Second City and SCTV. Today marks the 25th anniversary of the comedic legend’s death. From starring alongside Steve Martin in the hilarious Planes, Trains and Automobiles to playing a half-man half-dog in Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs, nobody brought a smile to your face quite like Candy.
Over the weekend Ryan Reynolds released a touching tribute video on Instagram dedicated to the late comedian, with the comment, “If you haven’t seen much of his work, take a look at his films. He was a treasure.”
Watch Reynold’s tribute to the late comedian below:
It’s the 25th anniversary of John Candy’s passing. We cooked up a small tribute to a comedic genius and Canadian hero. If you haven’t seen much of his work, take a look at his films. He was a treasure. Thanks to @chriscandy4u and @therealjencandy. pic.twitter.com/dHvuviKnBs
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 3, 2019
Shortly after posting the video, Candy’s family and friends began sharing their fondest memories of the comedic genius, as well as thanking Reynolds and his team for putting the video together.
Like I said before . This made me cry. It’s so amazing and sweet ! Thank you 25years tomorrow. Wow. He has so many people that absolutely love him , he was one of the best.
— Jennifer Candy (@TheRealJenCandy) March 3, 2019
I was so disappointed and deflated when my damn record company wouldn’t let my version be used in Trains, Planes and Automobiles so @VancityReynolds thank you so much for finally using it in this lovely tribute to John!
— Paul Young (@PaulYoungParlez) March 3, 2019
He should have won an Oscar for that. Comedy and pathos are so hard to balance. He did it effortlessly in that film. The young generation now for the love of god watch this mans work.
— Nick Swardson (@NickSwardson) March 3, 2019
I was lucky enough to have been with John down in Durango, Mexico?
We were shooting:
Being with him?
Being without him?
Profoundly, changed my life!
I think about him, a ton.
And I miss him: always!
— John C. McGinley (@JohnCMcGinley) March 3, 2019
— Jacksepticeye (@Jack_Septic_Eye) March 4, 2019
The king. His performance in Planes, Trains and Automobiles should have won an Oscar.
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) March 3, 2019
He was a great guy.
— Lea Thompson (@LeaKThompson) March 3, 2019
Going through all the best feelings today… kind of like watching John’s movies. https://t.co/LpjkRug72C
— The Second City (@TheSecondCity) March 4, 2019
Do you have fond memories of watching Candy’s movies? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.
R.I.P. John Candy