Now, over two decades later, Second City Toronto, the legendary improv and sketch comedy venue, is paying tribute to the "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" star with the unveiling of the new John Candy Box Theatre.
The star's daughter, Jen Candy, who was only 14 when he died from a heart attack while filming the comedy "Wagons East!," recently sat down with ET Canada during Second City's grand unveiling, and she shared memories of her father.
"He was your everyday kind of guy and a great dad and very lovable," Jen said. "Very much similar to characters that he was on film."
Like her dad, Jen is also a comedian who has been doing stand-up for some time. However, she admits that her father's legacy is a lot to live up to.
"[My dad] is a pretty big icon to kind of follow" Jen said, laughing. "So I've given up on that train of going, 'I want to be just like you,' because I will never be just like him."
Jen's brother, Chris Candy, also seems to have gotten his dad's love for performing and is working as an actor in Canada. Last year, on the 20th anniversary of his father's death, Chris spoke with ET Canada about his dad.
Check out what Chris had to say about his father's brilliant legacy.