All My Children star David Canary dies at 77

Chris Farina

Chris Farina

Actor David Canary, best known for playing twins Adam and Stuart Chandler on the long running soap All My Children died November 16 from natural causes in Wilton, Connecticut. Canary appeared on the soap from 1984 until it was cancelled in 2011, and then returned when the show was briefly revived online in 2013. He received five Daytime Emmys for his work and was nominated several more times.

Canary was born in Elwood, Indiana but grew up in Massillom, Ohio. He earned a football scholarship to the University of Cincinnati where he began performing, and graduated with a degree in music. He was offered a spot with the Denver Broncos, but opted to head to New York to become an actor. He performed in regional theatre and Off Broadway, and spent two years in the army after being drafted.

Returning to the US, Canary moved to Los Angeles to continue his acting career. He got his first regular role on a soap in 1965 as Russ Gehring on Peyton Place. From there, Canary appeared in several films and TV series before landing on All My Children.

Canary’s movies include parts in Hombre, The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and Posse. He also had an uncredited role in Disney’s The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes. He appeared in the TV movies Incident on a Dark Street, Melvin Purvis: G-Man, and The Dain Curse.

TV series roles include Gunsmoke, Cimarron Strip, The F.B.I., Hawaii Five-O, Bearcats!, Alias Smith and Jones, Bonanza, Police Story, Kung Fu, The Rookies, S.W.A.T., Another World, Remember WENN, Law & Order, Touched By An Angel, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He also crossed over as his All My Children character to One Live To Live in 2000 and 2005.

Canary is survived by his wife Maureen, a son, daughter and grandson, and a brother.

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