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    David Canary Dead: 'All My Children' Star Was 77 - Hollywood Reporter



    David Canary, Star of 'All My Children' for Decades, Dies at 77
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    He masterfully played the twin brothers Stuart and Adam Chandler, one good and the other evil, on the ABC soap opera.

    David Canary, who for nearly three decades played the twin brothers Adam and Stuart Chandler on the ABC soap opera All My Children, has died. He was 77.

    Canary, who earlier portrayed Candy Canaday, the ranch foreman of the Ponderosa, on the iconic NBC Western Bonanza, died Nov. 16 of natural causes at an assisted living facility in Wilton, Conn., his family announced.

    The blue-eyed Canary first appeared on All My Children as Adam in 1984 and received five outstanding actor Emmy Awards and 16 nominations through 2001. He retired from acting in 2010 but returned to play the Chandler brothers for several days before the show’s emotional September 2011 finale.

    Adam was underhanded, evil and one of Pine Valley's wealthiest men, while Stuart — who was introduced to the show a year after Adam — was his meek, traumatized twin brother. Adam often impersonated Stuart to get what he wanted, once locking up Stuart in the Chandler mansion for years.

    Adam also used blackmail to manipulate several people, targeting Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) so that she would marry him again and forcing Leo du Pres (Josh Duhamel) to help break up Marian (Jennifer Bassey) and Stuart’s marriage. He also convinced Gloria Marsh (Teresa Blake) to leave Stuart and marry him instead, later imprisoning her in an abandoned building.

    And when drugged by David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry), Adam accidentally shot and killed his brother — but, it turns out, he wasn’t dead at all!

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    A native of Elwood, Ind., Canary played offensive and defensive end for Ohio’s famed Massillon Tigers of Washington High School before earning a football scholarship to the University of Cincinnati. He graduated with a major in music.

    Instead of accepting an offer to turn pro with the American Football League’s Denver Broncos in its first year, Canary went to New York to pursue acting, and he made his Broadway debut in Great Day in the Morning in 1962 opposite Colleen Dewhurst.

    After two years in the U.S. Army, Canary came to Los Angeles and appeared in Hombre (1967) with Paul Newman, as a mobster in The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967) with Jason Robards and in Sharks' Treasure (1975) with Cornel Wilde. He also drew attention for playing Mia Farrow’s physical therapist Russ Gehring in the hugely popular ABC nighttime soap Peyton Place.

    Producer David Dortort saw Canary shine in Hombre and in a two-part Gunsmoke episode in 1967 and hired him to play Canaday soon afterward. The handsome actor left briefly in a contract dispute but was with the series until it ended in 1973.

    When Leonard Nimoy and the producers of Star Trek were locked in a contract dispute of their own, Canary was one of the top candidates to play Mr. Spock, according to the 1996 book Inside Star Trek — The Real Story.

    Canary also played shrewd businessman Steve Frame on the NBC soap opera Another World from 1981 until 1983, when his character was killed off in a car crash, before joining All My Children.

    Canary also appeared on Broadway in 1980 in Tennessee Williams’ final play, Clothes for a Summer Hotel, opposite Geraldine Page.

    Survivors include his wife of more than 33 years, Maureen; children Christopher and Kathryn; brother John; and grandson Donovan.

    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association’s David Canary Memorial Fund.

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    I watched AMC in the 80's/early 90's. RIP.

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    How sad. I used to watch AMC. David was a great actor.
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    Great actor. Outstanding human being. I loved him. Alzheimer's is a brutal bitch.


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    No!!!! Adam/Stuart!
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    This makes me so sad. Huge AMC fan. Loved him as Adam/Stuart. I had no idea he had Alzheimer's. RIP.

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    He was such an amazing actor! He was on an episode of "Touched by An Angel" in 2001 where he played this harsh, bitter old father and his performance was so moving.

    RIP.
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    I remember when he first appeared on AMC. He really lit the show up. You could tell he wasn't just an ordinary soap actor.
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    He was great as Adam but I especially loved him as Stuart. RIP.
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    I grew up watching AMC and he was far and away the best actor soaps have ever seen, IMO. His performances as Adam and Stuart were so completely different it was like genuinely two different people.
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    Yeah, I remember that name from Bonanza (no, I'm not actually that old that I followed that show, but the name stood out). R.I.P.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoNoRehab View Post
    I grew up watching AMC and he was far and away the best actor soaps have ever seen, IMO. His performances as Adam and Stuart were so completely different it was like genuinely two different people.
    …and when he was Adam pretending to be Stuart it was so nuanced -- subtle differences that the audience could detect. He was truly a great actor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tulip View Post
    …and when he was Adam pretending to be Stuart it was so nuanced -- subtle differences that the audience could detect. He was truly a great actor.
    The performance was good, but you could tell it was a soap, and they didn't have a lot of time, because all they would do when they needed "Stuart" was muss his hair and put a funny sweater on him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    The performance was good, but you could tell it was a soap, and they didn't have a lot of time, because all they would do when they needed "Stuart" was muss his hair and put a funny sweater on him.
    LOL! That's true and he would have a goofy look on his face, too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebonnet View Post
    LOL! That's true and he would have a goofy look on his face, too!
    My mom was a big soap fan, and I was sort of vaguely aware of all the ABC shows. ESPECIALLY Kim Delaney on All My Children, which was right before David Canary's show:

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