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Do you guys think he get's the respect he deserves?


People talk a lot about deceased comedians but he never gets mentioned imo he was one of the greatest of all times. Comedian and actor. I miss him, RIP.

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I think he's largely forgotten. To compare him to another dead fat funny comedian who seems to have more of a lasting impact in culture, Chris Farley. I don't know if it's just a generational thing or what. Candy's films certainly don't get the plays they used to. His movies used to be on cable all the time.

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He was so much more talented than Chris Farley and had far more range.

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i was about to say that. john candy is way superior in every way.

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no way is john Candy forgotten , not to anyone over 40

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yeah it’s extremely frustrating to hear people not include him in the conversation for great comedic actors. Even worse, when I watch a movie of his with someone and they ask me ‘who is that?’

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He was amazing in his day. I've yet to meet anyone who thinks he was not worth the praise he gets. He just gets buried by all the other talent we've seen over the years. Luckily, he has claim to the best Thanksgiving movie ever made. I love Trains Planes and automobiles.

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He is one of the greatest.

It's such a shame he died so young. He was just starting to take on serious and darker roles in films like JFK and even to some extent Cool Runnings, which is a comedy but one where he was effectively the straight man. Had he lived longer I think he'd be regarded in the same way Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell are regarded today. His legacy would be similar to Bill Murray and Steve Martin's.

By the way, Scorsese has a SCTV documentary prepared for Netflix, so it's highly possible that it will regenerate interest in Candy, one if the show's most talented performers.

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I agree it's a matter of being forgotten. But it is weird, having grown up watching him in everything he was in and loving it all - yet, no one ever mentions him or talks about his movies, some of which I'd call iconic.

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Let’s think about the sort of dead comedian who gets remembered, like John Belushi, Freddie Prinze, Sam Kenison and Lennny Bruce. What do the have in common? They were funny, yes, but they were also unlikable asswads who basically killed themselves. In short, they were all stereotypical comics, replete with personal demons. Then there was John Candy, nicknamed the Gentle Giant, who was tremendously likable, and nice, and kind, with no obvious demons. He was more than funny. He was loved. He was a lot like Johnny Carson—katana-sharp wit hidden in a package of nice. Nobody talks about Carson any more, either—until I come along.

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Yeah, that makes sense.

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I believe that most people who appreciated him at the time are still sad that he left us early, and glad that he left a legacy of great films we can continue to enjoy. A bit of extra recognition would not be unwelcome though.

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