David Canary, a celebrated All My Children actor who also starred in Bonanza, died of healthy causes on Nov. 16 in Wilton, Conn., his family announced on Tuesday. He was 77.
Canary warranted a whopping 16 Daytime Emmy nominations and won 5 of those, a record during a time. Joining All My Children in 1984, he would become one of—or should we say, dual of— the ABC soap’s many renouned characters. First introduced as a ruthless, scheming, clean-cut aristocrat Adam Chandler (who would turn one of a many husbands of Erica Kane, played by Susan Lucci), Canary soon also tackled a purpose of Stuart Chandler, who was Adam’s sweet-hearted, unbalanced twin hermit and an artist—in essence, a conflicting of Adam. He left All My Children in 2010, returning for a show’s final episodes a following year, and reprised his purpose as Adam in a handful of episodes in 2013 when a uncover changed online.
Another era of TV watchers knew him for his Western work; Canary had progressing gained celebrity as a Ponderosa plantation forman on a NBC’s Bonanza, on that he starred from 1967 to 1970, withdrawal after a agreement brawl though returning for another year in 1972. In all, he would seem in 91 Bonanza episodes. He also guest-starred in 1967 on another renouned Western, Gunsmoke.
Canary attended the University of Cincinnati on a football scholarship, and incited down an offer from a Denver Broncos to play in a NFL to follow his behaving dreams. He would start in theater (ultimately behaving in plays on- and off-Broadway) before serving in a Army. After his honest discharge, he perceived his initial TV mangle in 1965 opposite Mia Farrow in ABC’s Peyton Place. He seemed on a large shade in films such as Hombre and The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre.
His other soap credits include Search for Tomorrow (his initial daytime soap role), One Life to Live (on that he played Adam Chandler), The Doctors, and Another World. He also seemed on such new primary time series as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Touched By An Angel, and Law Order, and on classical dramas such as Hawaii Five-O, S.W.A.T, Alias Smith and Jones, and Kung-Fu.
Canary is survived by his wife, Maureen; his son, Christopher; his daughter, Kathryn; and his grandson, Donovan.