Thursday, October 14, 2010

unKNOWN Actors: Candy Candido

This time on unKNOWN Actors, we are looking at an actor with a very unique voice who played many unique characters.  Johnny Candido, known throughout his work as Candy Candido, was born on December 25, 1913 in New Orleans and died in Los Angeles on May 19, 1999.  Why was Candy so unique you may ask, besides his unique name? Candy’s voice was exceptional, he had a huge range, going from a soprano all the way to a low scratchy baritone.  You hear very few voice actors and singers who are able to do this.  You will recognize Candy’s low gruff voice from many Disney films.

The first Disney film that Candy was in was Peter Pan in 1953. He provided the voice for the Indian Chief who played with the lost boys and Peter Pan.

Sleeping Beauty (1959) was the movie that I recognized his voice from, as it is one of my favorites.  He give a voice to Maleficent’s main goon or henchmen.  He tells Maleficent that they have been searching in all of the cradles looking for Princess Aurora.

Candy was next heard in Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color 10 years later as just an extra voice in the series.  A few years later, in 1973, he leant his voice to the Captain of the Guards in Robin Hood, which happened to be a crocodile.  Most of his lines are during the archery competition scene.

He kept with the animal theme for his next movie, doing the voices of Brutus and Nero, the evil Medusa’s alligators in The Rescuers (1977).

The last movie voice that Candy provided for Disney was in 1986, bringing Fidget, the bat assistant of Ratigan to life in The Great Mouse Detective.

There is one voice that Candy did for Disney theme parks; in the Haunted Mansion attraction, he does the voice of the Graveyard Executioner.

There is a controversy that is found on the internet about whether or not Candy did the noises made by the Raven in both Sleeping Beauty and the Haunted Mansion attraction.  Because of his incredible voice range and the fact that both ravens never had a voice actor listed, it is quite possible that he did do the sound effects for them, we cannot be entirely sure though. What we do know is that Candy’s unique voice can be heard in several Disney films and now you can pick out his distinctive gruffness when you next watch the films!

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