Oct. 31 is officially John Candy Day in Toronto.
The city’s mayor, John Tory, made the proclamation on Friday which will mark what would have been Candy’s 70th birthday as he was born on Oct. 31, 1950.
“Mr. Candy’s contributions to the Canadian entertainment industry have made him one of Canada’s greatest and funniest character actors,” the city said in a statement. “Mr. Candy has deep roots in Toronto, and played a big role in elevating the comedy and acting scene in the city.”
Tomorrow will be John Candy Day in Toronto. It’s our way of remembering a beloved actor and comedian with roots in Toronto. Proud to help honour the legacy of John Candy on what would have been his 70th birthday. pic.twitter.com/vGqVhIn36B
— John Tory (@JohnTory) October 30, 2020
Candy was born and raised in the Toronto area, living in East York as a child and attending Neil McNeil Catholic High School in Scarborough.
The actor died of a heart attack in 1994 at 43-years-old.
Candy’s daughter, Jennifer, celebrated the news on Twitter.
“Well this is such an honour!” she wrote. “Can’t wait to celebrate tomorrow 😁 🎂 🎃 🍭 #Toronto #Candy”
— Jennifer Candy (@TheRealJenCandy) October 30, 2020
“John Candy is a Canadian treasure who brought great joy to so many through his humour, acting and contributions to the entertainment industry and beyond,” Tory added. “I had a chance to get to know him when he was an Argo owner. He was a decent humble man in the fashion of many famous Canadians and it is my privilege to honour his humour, his legacy and the pride he brought to our city on what would have been his 70th birthday.”
In celebration of John Candy Day, Ryan Reynolds shared a special video montage of some of Candy’s standout performances from his film and TV career.
Fans of Candy also celebrated the news on Twitter:
— dan levy (@danjlevy) October 30, 2020
I love Toronto and John Candy so much https://t.co/arKji5RZoe
— Renee Paquette (@ReneePaquette) October 30, 2020
Candy is known for his roles in “Uncle Buck”, “Planes, Trains And Automobiles”, “Home Alone” and many more.