John Franklin Candy was a Canadian actor, voice actor, and comedian, known mainly for his work in Hollywood films. He was best known as a member of the Toronto branch of The Second City and its related Second City Television sketch comedy series. He was also well-known for starring in a variety of comedy films, such as Stripes, Summer Rental, Home Alone, The Great Outdoors, Spaceballs, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Who's Harry Crumb?, and Uncle Buck.
For Disney, he voiced Orville's brother Wilbur in the 1990 Disney animated feature film, The Rescuers Down Under. He also played Irving Blitzer in Cool Runnings and Freddie Bauer in the 1984 Touchstone Pictures film, Splash.
- He was considered to voice Genie in Aladdin, along with several other actors that were considered, but the role was later given to Robin Williams.
- Candy was offered the role of Wayne Szalinski in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, but he declined the role. However, he suggested to Joe Johnston that his friend Rick Moranis would be a good choice for the role.
- He was also originally supposed to voice a turkey named Redfeather in Pocahontas, but his role was later removed after his death, and after the animators decided to have the film's animal characters be mute.