Toronto Proclaims October 31 "John Candy Day"

Toronto Proclaims October 31 'John Candy Day'
Toronto is stepping up to celebrate late Canadian comedy icon John Candy. While October 31 is typically known as Halloween, it will now also be "John Candy Day" in Toronto.

In honour of what would have been Candy's 70th birthday, Mayor John Tory made the announcement today on social media that "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." Candy was born on October 31, 1950, in Newmarket, ON. He later died of a heart attack on March 4, 1994, at the age of 43.

During his acting career, Candy appeared in such classic comedy films as Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Stripes, Splash, Cool Runnings, Home Alone, The Great Outdoors, Spaceballs and Uncle Buck.

Candy was also co-owner of the CFL team the Toronto Argonauts from 1991 until his death.

Unfortunately, John Candy was in the news earlier this week after someone stole a bobsled from Cool Runnings in Calgary.