David Hoyt Canary (August 25, 1938 – November 16, 2015) was an
American actor, best known for his roles in
All My Children
All My Children and
1 Early life
3 Personal life
5 Awards and nominations
7 External links
Canary was born in Elwood, Indiana, but grew up in Massillon, Ohio. He
was the middle son of Hilary and Lorena Canary. His brothers are actor
John Canary, who once had a role on All My Children, and writer H.
Glenn Canary (1934–2008). The brothers are purportedly
great-great-nephews of Martha Jane Canary, a.k.a. Calamity Jane. He
starred as an end on both offense and defense at Massillon Washington
High School, where he graduated in 1956. The school honored him as a
Distinguished Citizen 35 years later in 1991. He earned a football
scholarship to the University of Cincinnati, where he was a three-year
letterman from 1957 to 1959 and the recipient of the John Pease Award
as the program's best lineman in his junior and senior years.
Canary trained as a singer at the university's College of Arts and
Sciences and received his bachelor's degree in music in 1960. He
was picked by the
Denver Broncos in the inaugural 1960 American
Football League (AFL) draft. Commenting on the selection in a 2004
interview for the Archive of American Television, he said, "I thought
they were out of their minds. I was 172 pounds, I wasn’t very fast,
and I couldn’t catch a pass. They called me stone fingers."
Instead of signing with the Broncos, he opted to head to New York City
to become an actor. He served two years in the United States Army
where he entered an All-Army Entertainment Contest in 1963. After
ending his service, Canary moved to Los Angeles to continue his acting
Canary's most notable stage performance was on Broadway in the
original production of Tennessee Williams's Clothes for a Summer
Hotel, which starred Geraldine Page.
After a semi-regular role as Russ Gehring in the prime time serial
Peyton Place, Canary came to international prominence in 1967 on the
Western series Bonanza. In 1967, he appeared in the now-classic
western movie Hombre, in which he was featured with Paul Newman,
Richard Boone and Cameron Mitchell. Canary guest starred in a two-part
episode of CBS's
Gunsmoke entitled "Nitro", played mobster Frank
Gusenberg in the film The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and appeared
on the short-lived
CBS western Dundee and the Culhane.
A contract dispute that year between
Leonard Nimoy and the producers
Star Trek forced Herb Solow, Robert H. Justman, and Gene
Roddenberry to compile a list of candidates for consideration to take
over the role of Mr. Spock. As revealed in Solow and Justman's book,
Star Trek - The Inside Story, Canary was one of these candidates.
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
Bonanza in June 1970 after a contract
dispute. He returned after Dan Blocker's death in May 1972. Canary
said that he loved Bonanza, except for filming in
Nevada in 100-degree
heat. Canary appeared on Broadway with
Colleen Dewhurst in Great Day
in the Morning and with
Geraldine Page in Tennessee Williams's Clothes
for a Summer Hotel. He did numerous musical stage roles in shows such
as Kismet, Man Of La Mancha, and The Fantasticks, and dramatic
The Seagull and Macbeth. David's first daytime
television role was on
Search for Tomorrow
Search for Tomorrow where he played the
short-term role of Liza Walton's agent. He had two short stints on The
Doctors as Far Wind, a cult leader who took the hospital staff hostage
and killed Melissa Dancy (Dorian Lo Pinto). In 1981, he assumed the
Steve Frame on the soap opera Another World. The revival of
the Steve/Alice/Rachel romantic triangle was unsuccessful, and he left
the show in 1983 after his character was killed off.
On New Year's Eve 1983, he joined the cast of
All My Children
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
Prime-time television guest appearances include Law & Order,
Touched by an Angel, S.W.A.T., Primus, Alias Smith and Jones, Police
Story, Kung-Fu, Hawaii Five-O, Remember WENN, and Cimarron Strip. The
actor also appeared as the locomotive engineer in the movie Atomic
Train. In 2004, he appeared as mathematical genius Robert in a
well-reviewed production of David Auburn's Proof in Canton, Ohio, near
his hometown of Massillon.
Canary had been known to be most affable and accessible to fans of
All My Children
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.
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.
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
Incident on a Dark Street
Melvin Purvis: G-Man
Eugene T. Farber
In a Pig's Eye
Dr. Russ Gehrig
Episodes: "Nitro Part 1 & 2"
Dundee and the Culhane
Episode: "The Dead Man's Brief"
Tal St. James
Episode: "Knife in the Darkness"
Episode: "The Last Job"
Episode: "3000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu"
Episode: "The Hostage"
Alias Smith and Jones
Sheriff W.D. Coffin
Episode: "Everything Else You Can Steal"
Episode: "The Strange Fate of Conrad Meyer Zulick"
Episode: "Death on Credit"
Episode: "The Elixir"
Episode: "Down Home Boy"
Episode: "A Test of Courage"
Episode: "Kill S.W.A.T."
The Dain Curse
Search for Tomorrow
Episode: "King of America"
All My Children
(final television appearance)
Episode: "Strange Bedfellows"
Law & Order
One Life to Live
Touched by an Angel
Episodes: "Shallow Water Part 1 & 2"
Curb Your Enthusiasm
White Haired Man at Park
Episode: "The Bi-Sexual"
Awards and nominations
He had won five
Daytime Emmy Awards as 'Outstanding Lead Actor', and
had been nominated an additional eleven times, most recently in 2008
for Best Lead Actor. A baritone, Canary has performed in such musicals
as, Man of La Mancha, Sweeny Todd, Kismet, and Carousel, as well as
performing in dramatic pieces such as
The Seagull (Pittsburgh Public
Theater, April 1981), and the one man play Clarence Darrow.
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beloved actor David Canary," The Independent (Massillon, OH), Tuesday,
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University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati 2015 Football Media Guide.
^ Peck, Jean M. "Interview with an 'All My Children' star," UC
Magazine (University of Cincinnati), October 2000.
^ 1960 American Football League Draft – remembertheafl.com.
^ Grimes, William. "David Canary, Star of ‘All My Children,’ Dies
at 77," The New York Times, Thursday, November 26, 2015.
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Passes Away At 77; The Western Star And 'All My Children' Regular
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David Canary on IMDb
David Canary interview video at the Archive of American Television
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead
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