Legendary comedic actor John Candy died 25 years ago on March 4, 1994. He was just 43. In tribute to the accomplished performer, tons of fans and fellow entertainers alike paid tribute to Candy on social media, including actor Ryan Reynolds.
The two men both hail from Canada and share a knack for comedy. Reynolds took to Twitter to share a montage of some of Candy’s best on-screen moments, calling the late actor a “comedic genius and Canadian hero.”
Take a look back at Candy’s career in the touching tribute 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
“It’s the 25th anniversary of John Candy’s passing,” Reynolds wrote in the caption. “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.”
The montage includes clips from several of Candy’s films, including those for which he is most famous —”Splash,” “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” “Spaceballs,” “Uncle Buck,” “Home Alone,” “The Blues Brothers,” “Stripes” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation” — as well as snippets from his lesser-known films, including “Who’s Harry Crumb?,” “Brewster’s Millions,” “Summer Rental,” “The Great Outdoors,” “Only the Lonely” and “Armed and Dangerous.”
Reynolds’ tweet has been re-tweeted more than 61,000 times and has more than 7,000 replies. Candy’s children, Chris and Jennifer, both of whom followed in their father’s footsteps and work in the entertainment industry, were tagged in the post and replied as well, thanking Reynolds for his heartfelt tribute.
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
“Like I said before, this made me cry,” Jennifer Candy wrote. “It’s so amazing and sweet! Thank you. 25 years tomorrow. Wow. He has so many people that absolutely love him, he was one of the best.”
Thanks Ryan and your crew. This is lovely. ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/4TH1mwBxLF
— Chris Candy (@ChrisCandy4u) March 3, 2019
“Thanks Ryan and your crew,” Chris Candy wrote. “This is lovely.”
Jennifer also tweeted her own tribute to her dad, including several photos of the pair from her childhood:
I’ll leave you with this quote , my favorite line ! “Love…is not a big enough word ~Del Griffith . “ 25 years. Wow. His legacy truly lives on thru his family, friends and fans! Thank you ❤️ Ps. I would love that #adidas dress in adult size!! @ChrisCandy4u #JohnCandy ❤️ pic.twitter.com/6AAeW861S3
— Jennifer Candy (@TheRealJenCandy) March 4, 2019
What beautiful tributes! Our thoughts are with everyone who loved Candy as they remember him on the anniversary of his death.