David Canary

Born: 25 August 1938 (83 years old)
Gender: Male



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Six-time Emmy Award-winning actor David Canary, who began his career on the Broadway stage and in Hollywood film and television productions, joined the cast of All My Children in 1983 as the powerful and mercurial Adam Chandler as well as Adam's shy, gentle twin, Stuart.

He was honoured with Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor for his portrayal of Adam and Stuart Chandler in 1988, 1989, 1993, 1995 and 2001 and has received nominations in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

Canary attended the University of Cincinnati on a football scholarship, played varsity ball throughout his college career, was a Pop Warner Scholastic All-American at Cincinnati, and graduated as a music major specialising in voice at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

A native of Elwood, Indiana, he grew up in Massillon, Ohio, not far from the Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

Canary went on to make his Broadway debut in Jose Quintero's production of Great Day in the Morning, with Colleen Dewhurst. Then came a draft call from the U.S. Army and he entered and won the All Army Entertainment Contest for best popular singer.

When David left the service, he restarted his career on the West Coast, starring in The Fantasticks in San Francisco. Television and movie roles followed.

Television audiences know him as Candy in Bonanza, as Russ Gehring in Peyton Place and from numerous guest appearances in other programs, including the made-for-television film, The Dain Curse.

He also appeared on daytime television as Stephen Frame in Another World.

Among his feature films are Hombre, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre and End of a Dark Street. He also starred with Marian Seldes in the independently produced comedy film, In a Pig's Eye.

He has also played featured roles on Law & Order and Touched by an Angel.

Periodically, David has returned to Broadway in such roles as Edouard in Tennessee Williams' Clothes for a Summer Hotel opposite Geraldine Page and Kenneth Haigh, also directed by Jose Quintero.

New York audiences have seen him on stage in the title role of Strindberg's The Father, as El Gallo in The Fantasticks; in the Broadway musical, The Happiest Girl in the World; and Blood Moon.

He also appeared in Sally's Gone, She Left Her Name with Michael Learned; The Night of the Bear; Cobb, written by Lee Blessing, and Orphans by Lyle Kessler.

In regional and stock theatre, he played the title role in Macbeth at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Elyot in Noel Coward's Private Lives; and a reprise of Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha.

He also played Macheath in The Beggar's Opera at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Trigorin in The Sea Gull at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and starred in Sweeney Todd at the North Shore Music Theatre.

David returned to North Shore in the fall of 1998 to play the mercurial poet in Kismet. He has also performed Clarence Darrow, a one man play by David Rintels.

Television Roles



Adam Chandler, Stuart Chandler

White Haired Man at Park

Carter Winslow


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