WILTON, CONN.—On November 16, soap opera actor David Canary died of natural causes at the age of 77 in an assisted living facility in Connecticut.
Canary is well-known for playing twin brothers Adam and Stuart Chandler on the ABC soap “All My Children.” The characters of the brothers were as different as night and day, with brother Adam being the evil twin and Stuart being the good-natured one. Canary portrayed the brothers for 26 years, up until September 2011 when the show said its goodbyes. Canary won several Daytime Emmy Awards for his acting on “All My Children” and he was nominated a total of 16 times.
Canary retired from acting in 2010, but returned for a few episodes on “All My Children” in 2011 before the show ended. Before “AMC,” Canary was on the set of the NBC soap “Another World” for two years.
He had earned a scholarship to play football at the University of Cincinnati and it’s there that Canary started performing. Canary was offered a chance to go pro by the Denver Broncos, but he decided to pursue his acting career instead. Before he was able to further his acting career he went and served in the United States Army for two years and when he was relieved of duty, he headed west to pursue an acting career.
He appeared in films such “Hombre” and the “Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre” in 1967. Canary landed a recurring role in the NBC western show “Bonanza” beginning in 1967 and officially left the set in 1973.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years Maureen, his son, Christopher, his daughter Kathryn, and one grandson, Donovan.