For Jennifer Candy, John Candy was much more than an iconic comedian — he was her dad.
In a revealing new interview with [Entertainment Tonight](http://www.etonline.com/news/169431johncandydaughteropensupaboutfollowingherlatefathercomedyfootsteps/), the 35-year-old actress — who was just 14 when the star died from a heart attack at age 43 in 1994 — opened up about growing up with her famous father and following in his comedic footsteps.
Jennifer during her recent Entertainment Tonight interview.
“He was your everyday kind of guy and a great dad and very lovable,” she said. “Very much similar to characters that he was on film.
“[My dad] is a pretty big icon to kind of follow,” said Jen, who works as an actress and stand-up comedienne. “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.”
— Jennifer Candy (@TheRealJenCandy) March 4, 2014
John’s 30-year-old son, Christopher Candy, is also following in his late dad’s footsteps by working as an actor. “With him being gone 20 years now, you feel like he’s within you a little bit,” Chris told Entertainment Tonight in a previous interview. “He was just an amazing actor. There was only one John Candy, and he was it.”