Birthday: August 25, 1938
Died At Age: 77
Sun Sign: Virgo
Also Known As: David Hoyt Canary
Born Country: United States
Born in: Elwood, Indiana, United States
Famous as: Actor
Height: 5'11" (180 cm), 5'11" Males
Spouse/Ex-: Maureen Maloney (m. 1982), Julie M. Anderson (m. 1965 - div. 1971)
father: Hilary Canary
mother: Lorena Canary
children: Christopher Canary, Katy Canary, Lisa Canary
Died on: November 16, 2015
place of death: Cannondale, Wilton, Connecticut, United States
Cause of Death: Alzheimer
U.S. State: Indiana
education: University of Cincinnati
Who was David Canary?
David Canary was a multiple Emmy winning American actor who gained fame for playing Adam Chandler and Stuart Chandler in the series ‘All My Children’. He started out as a promising American football player who was even selected by the ‘Denver Broncos’. However, Canary quit football and made the switch to acting. The decision changed his life as he went on to become one of the finest actors of his generation. Some of David Canary’s best-known TV roles were in ‘Peyton Place’, ‘Bonanza’, ‘S.W.A.T.’, ‘Law & Order’, and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’. He was also recognized for starring in movies like ‘Hombre’, ‘The St. Valentine's Day Massacre’, and ‘Shark’s Treasure’. To his credit, David Canary also had a prolific stage career. He starred on Broadway in productions like ‘The Happiest Girl in the World’, ‘Great Day in the Morning’, and ‘Clothes for a Summer Hotel’. His love for the entertainment industry was unparalleled. This is why he would never let the fans see him suffering from debilitating Alzheimer’s. He was widely regarded by fans as one of the most amiable and pleasant stars to ever meet.
Childhood & Early Life
David Hoyt Canary was born on August 25, 1938, in Elwood, Indiana, the USA, to Hilary and Lorena Heal Canary. He grew up in Massillon, Ohio. His elder brother was writer H. Glenn Canary who passed away in 2008. His younger brother is actor, John Canary.
Canary was an American football prodigy and played for the ‘Massillon Washington High School’ until his graduation in 1956. He went on to earn a football scholarship and study at the ‘University of Cincinnati’.
From 1957 to 1959, David was a three-year letterman. He won the ‘John Pease Award’ for being the best lineman, both in his junior and senior years. Simultaneously, he also earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music from the university in 1960.
To his surprise, he was selected by the ‘Denver Broncos’ in the first-ever ‘American Football League’ in 1960. But Canary’s heart was set on acting and he opted to go to New York instead of signing with the ‘Denver Broncos’.
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After moving to New York, David Canary started auditioning for roles. He got his first break in the TV series ‘Peyton Place’ (1965 – 1966) as Dr. Russ Gehring. It was a major role and established him as an actor.
He also started using his musical and acting talents on stage. He was first seen in the Off-Broadway production of ‘Kittiwake Island’ (1960). In 1961, he made his Broadway debut in ‘The Happiest Girl in the World’ (April 3, 1961 - June 24, 1961).
David returned to Broadway twice for ‘Great Day in the Morning’ (March 28, 1962 - April 7, 1962) and ‘Clothes for a Summer Hotel’ (March 26, 1980 – April 6, 1980).
In 1967, Canary made his movie debut in the western ‘Hombre’, as Lamar Dean. The movie was a critical and commercial hit.
1967 turned out to be a mixed year for David Canary’s breakthrough year. He starred in the box office disaster,‘The St. Valentine's Day Massacre’. However, he also appeared in hit TV series like ‘Gunsmoke’ and ‘Cimarron Strip’.
The leading role of Candy Canaday in ‘Bonanza’ (1967 – 1973), turned David Canary to a bona fide TV star. In the next few years, he co-starred in series like, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ (1971), ‘Alias Smith and Jones’ (1971 – 1972), and ‘The Rookies’ (1973 – 1974).
He also appeared in theatre productions like, ‘Macbeth’ (March 22, 1973 – April 15, 1973) and ‘Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris’ (February 2, 1975 – March 23, 1975), etc.
Unfortunately, he never made it big as a movie star in his career. Some of his noteworthy movies have been, ‘Shark’s Treasure’ & ‘Posse’ in 1975, ‘In a Pig’s Eye’ (1990), and ‘Secret Santa’ (1994).
David Canary was recognized as one of the finest television actors. After appearing in ‘Another World’ (1981 – 1982), he was cast in ‘All My Children’ (1983 – 2011). His dual portrayal of twins Adam and Stuart Chandler in the series immortalized his legacy. He reprised the role of Adam again in ‘All My Children’ (2013).
David Canary’s greatest roles were as Adam and Stuart Chandler in the TV drama ‘All My Children’ (1983 – 2013). The role earned him 15 ‘Daytime Emmy’ nominations in the ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series’ category. He won it five times: in 1986, 1988, 1989, 1993, and 2001.
Family & Personal Life
David Canary was married to Julie M. Anderson from July 4, 1965, until their divorce in 1971. They have a daughter, Lisa Canary (born January 21, 1966), who is also known as ‘Diamond’.
He was happily married to Maureen Maloney from May 8, 1982, until his death on November 16, 2015, from Alzheimer’s disease. They have two children together, son, Christopher (born November 1983) and daughter, Kathryn ‘Katy’ (born 1986).