* 1 Early life * 2 Career
* 3 Personal life
* 3.1 Death
* 4 Filmography * 5 Awards and nominations * 6 References * 7 External links
Canary was born in
Elwood, Indiana , but grew up in
After a semi-regular role as Russ Gehring in the prime time serial
Peyton Place , Canary came to international prominence in 1967 on the
A contract dispute that year between
Leonard Nimoy and the producers
David Dortort , the creator/producer of Bonanza, saw Canary in Hombre
and cast him in the role of the new ranch foreman; he said that Canary
was "the kind of kid who comes on and suddenly there's nobody else on
the screen". Canary left
On New Year's Eve 1983, he joined the cast of All My Children in the role of Adam Chandler . The following year, he was also cast as Adam's meek twin brother, Stuart whom everybody (including the audience) believed was Adam. The actor brought several facets to the twins, portraying the impeccably dressed, cutthroat Adam and the messy, big-hearted, guileless Stuart (who was originally a deranged would-be murderer) with equal ability. A May 2009 storyline had Adam accidentally shoot and kill Stuart while using prescription narcotics. Canary retired from full-time acting and departed from All My Children in 2010; his last episode was taped in late March and aired April 23, 2010. He announced that he intended to return to AMC occasionally. He reprised both of his roles as Adam and Stuart Chandler for several days before its September 23, 2011, finale on ABC. In 2013, he returned to the role of Adam when the show began to produce online episodes.
Prime-time television guest appearances include
Law & Order
Canary had been known to be most affable and accessible to fans of
All My Children and Bonanza. At Disney resorts, he did "meet and
greet" appearances signing autographs for AMC fans. He also made
several appearances at the Lake Tahoe site of the Ponderosa ranch, a
tourist attraction from 1967-2004. His last appearance at the
Ponderosa ranch in character was in 2002 for a PAX-TV special. It was
announced in March 2012 that David would replace the ailing
Jack Klugman in a limited-run production of Twelve
Angry Men in
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Canary was married to actress Maureen Maloney, with whom he had a
son, Chris, and a daughter, Kate. He was the middle son of Hilary and
Lorena Canary. His brothers are actor John Canary, who once had a role
All My Children , and writer H. Glenn Canary (1934–2008). The
brothers are purportedly great-great-nephews of Martha Jane Canary,
Canary died on November 16, 2015, of natural causes in Wilton, Connecticut at the age of 77. The family indicated that they would like memorial donations to be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of flowers.
Film YEAR TITLE ROLE NOTES
1967 Hombre Lamar Dean
1967 The St. Valentine\'s Day Massacre Frank Gusenberg
1969 The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Mr. Walski Uncredited
1973 Incident on a Dark Street Peter Gallagher TV Movie
1974 Melvin Purvis: G-Man Eugene T. Farber TV Movie
1975 Sharks\' Treasure Larry
1975 Posse Pensteman
1975 Johnny Firecloud Jesse
1990 In a Pig's Eye
1994 Secret Santa Santa Short film
Television YEAR TITLE ROLE NOTES
1965-1966 Peyton Place Dr. Russ Gehrig 26 episodes
1967 Gunsmoke George McClaney Episodes: "Nitro Part 1 & 2"
1967 Dundee and the Culhane Charlie Montana Episode: "The Dead Man's Brief"
1967 Cimarron Strip Tal St. James Episode: "Knife in the Darkness"
1971 The F.B.I. Eugene Bradshaw Episode: "The Last Job"
1971 Hawaii Five-O George Episode: "3000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu"
1971 1972 Alias Smith and Jones Sheriff W.D. Coffin Doc Donovan Episode: "Everything Else You Can Steal" Episode: "The Strange Fate of Conrad Meyer Zulick"
1973 Police Story Wally Baker Episode: "Death on Credit"
1973 Kung Fu Frank Grogan Episode: "The Elixir"
1973 1974 The Rookies TJ Curlew Espositos Episode: "Down Home Boy" Episode: "A Test of Courage"
1975 S.W.A.T. Blake Phillips Episode: "Kill S.W.A.T."
The Dain Curse
1978 Search for Tomorrow Arthur Benson
1981-1983 Another World Steve Frame
1982 American Playhouse Bingham Episode: "King of America"
1997 Remember WENN Luke Langly Episode: "Strange Bedfellows"
Law & Order
2000 2005 One Life to Live Adam Chandler
2001 Touched by an Angel Carter Winslow Episodes: "Shallow Water Part 1 -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">
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