Laughing on the Outside: The Life of John Candy

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Macmillan, 1997 - Comedians - 243 pages
Funny, gentle, soft-hearted and affable, John Candy was loved by millions of movie fans for playing true-to-life characters that reflected the man he was. Whether as the irrepressible bon-vivant in Splash, the warm-hearted, misunderstood slob in Uncle Buck, or the gregarious, blabbermouth, lonely salesman in Planes, Trains & Automobiles, John Candy perfectly melded self-deprecating humor with a unique and irresistible emotional warmth. But behind the scenes, beneath the booming laughter, Candy was a complex and troubled man. Raised by his mother, a devout Catholic, Candy's early years left him with deeply rooted anxieties about success, money, and his own self-worth. Virtually stumbling into a comedy career with the Second City troupes in Chicago and Toronto, Candy was instrumental in forming what is now considered to be one of the best comedy shows ever produced for television: SCTV. Although Candy achieved international success as a popular comedian and movie star, notoriety was not enough to battle the insecurities buried beneath an often fabricated exterior. Desperate for another level of acceptance, Candy's life took a bounce when he entered a friendship and eventual partnership with sports mogul and L.A. Kings owner Bruce McNall. Eventually Candy joined McNall and hockey great Wayne Gretzky as past owner of the CFL's Toronto Argonauts, the most bizarre and unfortunate business venture of his life. Candy's obsession and loyalty to the team mirrored his own desire to be taken seriously as a businessman - a dream denied when McCall devastated Candy by secretly putting his beloved team up for sale.
 

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