John CandyLast Sunday would have been the 60th birthday of comedic actor John Candy, who died of a heart attack at the age of 43 while filming the movie 'Wagons East.' A lovable big lug who specialized in playing bumbling, goodhearted losers, Candy co-starred with Steve Martin in one of the greatest mismatched-duo road comedies ever, 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles,' a film we can't help flashing back to with the release of the similarly themed 'Due Date.'

Candy, who was known to be as benevolent off screen as on, first came to prominence as a member of Toronto's Second City comedy troupe, which would eventually spawn the renowned 'Second City Television' (SCTV) show in the late 1970s. Due to SCTV's popularity -- it was picked up by NBC in 1981 – Candy was already somewhat of a name before his movie career took off. The show generated some of his best comedic creations, such as shady TV host Johnny LaRue and upbeat clarinetist Yosh Schmenge, half of the Schmenge Brothers (with Eugene Levy), who eventually became the subjects of an HBO mockumentary, 1985's 'The Last Polka.'
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