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David Canary
David Canary played the recurring role of ranch foreman Candy Canady on the "Bonanza" TV series.
Biographical information
Full Name: See below:
Birthname David Hoyt Canary
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1965-2013
Gender: Male
Born: August 25, 1938
Birthplace: Elwood, Indiana, U.S.
Died: November 16, 2015(2015-11-16) (aged 77)
Place of Death: Wilton, Connecticut, U.S. (natural causes)
Family/Relatives: Son Chris and daughter Kate
Spouse(s): Julie M. Anderson (1965-1971, divorced, 2 children)
Maureen Maloney (1982–2015, his death)
Series: Bonanza (TV Series)
No. of appearances: 91 episodes in series
First Appeared in: "Sense of Duty" (Season 9)
Last Episode Appearance: "The Hunter" (Season 14, series finale)
Character played: Candy Canaday

David Hoyt Canary (born August 25, 1938 - died November 16, 2015) is an American actor, who starred in both soap operas and prime time television. He is best known for his roles as the ranch foreman Candy Canaday on Bonanza (a role he played from 1967–1970; 1972–1973) and identical twins Adam Chandler from 1983 to 2010 and Stuart Chandler rom 1984 to 2009 on the ABC-TV daytime soap opera series All My Children. He has won five Daytime Emmy Awards for Lead Actor in 1988, 1989 , 1993, 1995 and 2001, and has been nominated an additional eleven times, most recently in 2008. 


Early life[]

Although David was born in Elwood, Indiana, he grew up and attended high school in Massillon, Ohio. He played football for the famed Massillon Tigers of Washington High School before earning a football scholarship to the University of Cincinnati, where he trained as a singer and became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. "I got it from both sides. The guys on the football team laughed about the music studies. My musical classmates could not believe I was a jock", says Canary. Acting soon became his goal, following college performances and summer stock shows. Three days after his graduation, he went to New York City and landed a chorus line job on Broadway.

Acting career[]

After a semi-regular role as Russ Gehring in the prime time serial Peyton Place, Canary really came to international prominence in 1967 on the NBC-TV western series Bonanza.

The year 1967 was very good to Canary and his resume. Canary saw the release of 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 Gunsmoke episode entitled "Nitro", and played a mobster with Jason Robards in the movie, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

A contract dispute that year between Leonard Nimoy and the producers of Star Trek forced Herb Solow, Robert H. Justman and Gene Roddenberry to compile a list of candidates for consideration as replacements for Mr. Spock. As revealed in Solow and Justman's book, Star Trek - The Inside Story, Canary was one of the "A List" candidates.

When producer David Dortort ("Bonanza", "High Chaparral", "The Cowboys", and "Ponderosa" creator/ producer) was looking for a new Ponderosa foreman, he saw Canary in Hombre and cast him in the role. According to Dortort he is, "the kind of kid who comes on and suddenly there's nobody else on the screen". Canary left Bonanza in June 1970 after his own contract dispute. He would return after co-star Dan Blocker's May 1972 death. Canary said that he loved "Bonanza", except for the on-location Nevada filming in over 100 degree heat.

Canary appeared on Broadway with Colleen Dewhurst in, "Great Day In The Morning", and with Geraldine Page in Tennessee William' "Clothes For A Summer Horse". He has done numerous musical/stage roles in shows such as "Kismet", "Man Of La Mancha", "The Fantastics", as well as dramatic performances in, "The Seagull", and "MacBeth".

In 1981, David assumed the role of Steve Frame on the NBC-TV soap opera Another World. However, the effort to revive the Steve/Alice/Rachel triangle was largely unsuccessful and Canary left the show in 1983, after the character of Steve Frame was killed off in a car crash.

"All My Children" and other roles[]

That same year, he joined the cast of All My Children in the role of the cunning Adam Chandler. The following year, he was also cast as Adam's meek, perhaps developmentally-challenged—twin brother, Stuart. The actor brought several facets to the twins, portraying the impecably dressed Adam as a cut-throat businessman, and the big-hearted, guileless Stuart appearing with mussed hair, loud sweaters, hiked pants and an occasional droopy sock. One familiar publicity shot of the character shows him with one shirt collar under his sweater and the other collar over the sweater. In May 2009, Adam accidentally shot and killed Stuart while using prescribed narcotics. Canary retired from full time acting and departed from All My Children in April 2010 (last taping in late March and last airing April 23, 2010). Adam left Pine Valley to regain both his health and the love of Brooke English (Julia Barr), an ex-wife.

Additional daytime television roles have included the part of a cult leader on The Doctors and a role on Search for Tomorrow. Other prime time television guest appearances include:Law & Order, Touched by an Angel, S.W.A.T., Primas, 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 has been known to be most affable and accessible to fans of both All My Children and Bonanza. At Disney resorts, he has done "meet and greet" appearances signing autographs for AMC fans. The actor has 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, as Candy, was in 2002 for a PAX-TV special.

When Canary departed the soap, he had stated he intended to return to AMC occasionally. Canary returned to All My Children to reprise both of his roles as Adam and Stuart Chandler, for several days before its grand September 23, 2011 finale on ABC.

Personal life[]

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 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.[1] Canary's most notable stage performance was on Broadway in the original production of playwright Tennessee Williams's "Clothes for a Summer Hotel", which starred Geraldine Page.[2]


Canary died on November 16, 2015, of natural causes in Wilton, Connecticut at the age of 77.[3][4][5] The family indicated that they would like memorial donations to be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of flowers.[6]


  1. David Canary. IMDb. Retrieved on November 24, 2015.
  2. David Canary Biography - Bonanza Boomers. Retrieved on June 14, 2016.
  3. Dagan, Carmel (November 24, 2015). David Canary, Longtime ‘All My Children’ Star, Dies at 77. Variety (.com). Penske Media Corporation.
  4. Puente, Maria (November 24, 2015). Soap star David Canary dies. USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved on November 24, 2015.
  5. Ausiello, Michael (November 24, 2015). AMC Vet David Canary Dead at 77. TVLine. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved on November 24, 2015.
  6. Baker, Kendra (November 24, 2015). David Canary dies at 77. Wilton Bulletin. Retrieved on November 24, 2015.

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