David Canary

Actor, Singer
Silver-haired soap star David Canary began his career on the Broadway stage, debuting in Jose Quintero's 1962 production of "Great Day in the Morning", starring Colleen Dewhurst. The former college football player ... Read more »
Born: 08/24/1938 in Elwood, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (33)

Secret Santa 2014 (Movie)

Santa Claus (Actor)

All My Children 1969 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

One Life to Live 1967 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Reading Rainbow 1982 - 2003 (TV Show)

Narrator

Intimate Portrait: Kelly Ripa 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Remember WENN 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soap Opera Update Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The All My Children 25th Anniversary Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ninth Annual Soap Opera Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Guiding Light: The Primetime Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Soap Opera Digest Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 17th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

In a Pig's Eye 1988 (Movie)

Dr Huntoon (Actor)

Soap Opera Digest Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Search For Tomorrow 1951 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Posse 1975 (Movie)

Pensteman (Actor)

Johnny Firecloud 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shark's Treasure 1974 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Peyton Place 1964 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre 1967 (Movie)

Frank Gusenberg (Actor)

Hombre 1966 (Movie)

Lamar Dean (Actor)

Bonanza (TV Show)

Actor

Incident on a Dark Street (TV Show)

Actor

King of America (TV Show)

Actor

Melvin Purvis: G-Man (TV Show)

Actor

The Dain Curse (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Silver-haired soap star David Canary began his career on the Broadway stage, debuting in Jose Quintero's 1962 production of "Great Day in the Morning", starring Colleen Dewhurst. The former college football player resumed his theatrical career after military service and soon found his way into TV and film, playing Dr. Russ Gehring on ABC's "Peyton Place" and acting in "Hombre" (his film debut) and "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" (both 1967) before landing a regular role on NBC's "Bonanza" as Candy, the ranch hand who practically became a member of the Cartwright family. Although he appeared in three movies in 1975 (Cornel Wilde's "Shark's Treasure", Kirk Douglas' "Posse" and "Johnny Firecloud"), Canary's love for the theater brought him back to NYC where he reteamed with Quintero for the 1980 Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' "Clothes for a Summer Hotel", among other plays and musicals. No stranger to daytime TV, having portrayed Stephen Frame in NBC's "Another World" from 1981 to 1983, he joined the cast of "All My Children" (ABC) in 1983 as the powerful and mercurial Adam Chandler, and his responsibilities doubled when he assumed the role of Adam's shy, gentle twin, Stuart. For his daytime efforts, Canary has received four Emmy Awards as Lead Actor in a Drama Series out of 11 nominations.

Relationships

Julie Anderson

Wife
divorced mother of Canary's oldest daughter

Katie Canary

Daughter
mother, Maureen Canary

Maureen Canary

Wife
second wife married 1982

Lisa Canary

Daughter
mother, Julie Anderson

Christopher Canary

Son
mother, Maureen Canary

EDUCATION

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati , Ohio
attended on a football scholarship, playing varsity ball throughout his career; graduated as a music major specializing in voice in a unique university program combining study at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

Washington High School

Massillon , Ohio

Milestones

1997

Made guest appearance on the AMC series "Remember WENN"

1994

Acted in Matthew Huffman's award-winning student short, "Secret Santa", portraying an unconscious Santa Claus stumbled upon by a seven-year old

1989

Starred with Marian Seldes in independently produced comedy film, "In a Pig's Eye"

1983

Played the powerful and mercurial Adam Chandler and his shy, mentally-impaired twin Stuart on the ABC daytime drama "All My Children"

1980

Returned to Broadway in Tennessee Williams' "Clothes for a Summer Hotel", opposite Geraldine Page and Kenneth Haigh as Zelad and F Scott Fitzgerald; production directed by Quintero

1978

Appeared in the CBS miniseries "The Dain Curse"

1975

Acted in three features: Cornel Wilde's "Shark's Treasure", Kirk Douglas' "Posse" and "Johnny Firecloud"

1973

TV-movie debut, "Incident on a Dark Street" (NBC)

1967

Made feature debut in Martin Ritt's "Hombre"

1965

Appeared as Dr. Russ Gehring on "Peyton Place" (ABC)

1962

Broadway debut in Jose Quintero's production of "Great Day in the Morning", with Colleen Dewhurst

After military service, restarted his career on the West Coast, starring in San Francisco production of "The Fantastics"

Cast as Stephen Frame on the NBC daytime soap "Another World"

Rejoined "Bonanza" as Candy for final season

Grew up in Massillon, Ohio

Portrayed ranch hand Candy on the popular NBC Western "Bonanza"

Served in US Army; won the All Army Contest for Best Popular Singer

Bonus Trivia

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About his roles on "All My Children": "It's fun playing two roles. The roles provide a wonderful range of emotions. Stuart is childlike and sensitive. Adam is ruthless, outrageous. He's flamboyant. He does the unexpected." --David Canary, ABC PR

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