David Canary, star of 'All My Children' for decades, dies at 77

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Soap Opera Legend David Canary Dies At 77

David Canary, who for almost 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 an assisted living facility in Wilton, Conn., his family announced.

The blue-eyed Canary first appeared on All My Children as Adam Chandler in 1984 and received five outstanding actor Emmy Awards and 16 nominations through 2001. He retired from acting in 2010.

Adam Chandler 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.

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Actor David Canary from "All My Children" arrives at the 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Friday, May 16, 2003 in New York. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)
ALL MY CHILDREN - Natalie Hall (Colby) and David Canary (Adam) in a scene that airs the week of April 19, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Carol Kaelson/ABC via Getty Images) NATALIE HALL, DAVID CANARY
Soap opera stars David Canary and Jennifer Bassey share a kiss after being named ?Favorite Couple? at the 15th Annual ?Soap Opera Digest Awards? on Feb. 26, 1999 in Los Angeles suburb of Universal City, California. The due star in ?All My Children.? (AP Photo)
Soap Opera star David Canary lifts up his ?All My Children? co-star Jennifer Bassey after the pair was named ?Favorite Couple? at the 15th Annual ?Soap Opera Digest Awards,? on Feb. 26, 1999 in the Los Angeles suburb of Universal City California. (AP Photo/Rene Macura)
Soap opera stars David Canary and Jennifer Bassey, from "All My Children", share a kiss after being named "Favorite Couple" at the 15th annual "Soap Opera Digest Award", Friday Feb. 26, 1999 in the Los Angeles suburb of Universal City, Calif. (AP Photo/Rene Macura)
David Canary, left, who plays the role of both Adam and Stuart Chandler and Jacob Young, who plays the role of JR Chandler in the ABC daytime drama, "All My Children", block a scene from the 9,000th espisode of the show, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, in New York. The 9,000th episode is set to air on December 16, 2004. (AP Photo/Jennifer Szymaszek)
Susan Lucci, left, who plays the role of Erica Kane, Jacob Young, center, who plays the role of JR Chandler, and David Canary, left, who plays the role of both Adam and Stuart Chandler in the ABC daytime drama, "All My Children", block a scene from the 9,000th espisode of the show, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, in New York. The 9,000th episode is set to air on December 16, 2004. (AP Photo/Jennifer Szymaszek)
Susan Lucci, center, who plays the role of Erica Kane, Ray MacDonnell, left, who plays the role of Dr. Joe Martin, and David Canary, right, who plays the role of both Adam and Stuart Chandler, in the ABC daytime drama, "All My Children", celebrate the taping of the 9,000th espisode of the show, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, in New York. The cast of All My Children held up signs marking the number of episodes they have been in up to the present. Susan Lucci has starred in all 9,000 episodes and will celebrate thirty-five years on the show in January 2005 . (AP Photo/Jennifer Szymaszek)
ALL MY CHILDREN - The final episode of ABC Daytime's 'All My Children' taped on August 30, 2011 and will air on Friday, September 23, 2011 on the ABC Television Network. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, JULIA BARR
ALL MY CHILDREN - The final episode of ABC Daytime's 'All My Children' taped on August 30, 2011 and will air on Friday, September 23, 2011 on the ABC Television Network. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, JULIA BARR
ALL MY CHILDREN - The final episode of ABC Daytime's 'All My Children' taped on August 30, 2011 and will air on Friday, September 23, 2011 on the ABC Television Network. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)DAVID CANARY, CADY MCCLAIN
ALL MY CHILDREN - From Pine Valley's families to yours...tune in to 'The View' for their tribute to 'All My Children' tomorrow, Friday, September 23, 2011, and then watch the final episode of 'All My Children' on the ABC Television Network. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)NATALIE HALL, DAVID CANARY, JACOB YOUNG, JULIA BARR, DANIEL COSGROVE
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam) and Julia Barr (Brooke) in a scene that airs the week of April 12, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, JULIA BARR
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam) in a scene that airs the week of April 12, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children.' 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Carol Kaelson/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY
ALL MY CHILDREN - Extra, Julia Barr (Brooke), extra, Darnell Williams (Jesse), Vincent Irizarry (David), extra, David Canary (Adam) and extra in a scene that airs the week of April 12, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) EXTRA, JULIA BARR, EXTRA, DARNELL WILLIAMS, DARNELL WILLIAMS, VINCENT IRIZARRY, EXTRA, DAVID CANARY, EXTRA
ALL MY CHILDREN - Extras, Julia Barr (Brooke), Darnell Williams (Jesse), David Canary (Adam) and extra in a scene that airs the week of April 12, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) EXTRAS, JULIA BARR, DARNELL WILLIAMS, DAVID CANARY, EXTRA
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam) and Melissa Claire Egan (Annie) in a scene that airs the week of April 12, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children.' 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Carol Kaelson/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, MELISSA CLAIRE EGAN
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam) and Natalie Hall (Colby) in a scene that airs the week of April 19, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, NATALIE HALL
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam) and Julia Barr (Brooke) in a scene that airs the week of April 12, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children.' 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Carol Kaelson/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, JULIA BARR
ALL MY CHILDREN - Susan Lucci (Erica) and David Canary (Adam) in a scene that airs the week of April 19, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children.' 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN LUCCI, DAVID CANARY
ALL MY CHILDREN - Julia Barr (Brooke) and David Canary (Adam) in a scene that airs the week of April 19, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children.' 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) JULIA BARR, DAVID CANARY
ALL MY CHILDREN - Taylor Miller (Nina), Julia Barr (Brooke), David Canary (Adam) and Gillian Spencer (Daisy) in a scene that airs the week of April 19, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children.' 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) TAYLOR MILLER, JULIA BARR, DAVID CANARY, GILLIAN SPENCER
ALL MY CHILDREN - Julia Barr (Brooke), Melissa Claire Egan (Annie) and David Canary (Adam) in a scene that airs the week of April 19, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children.' 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Carol Kaelson/ABC via Getty Images) JULIA BARR, MELISSA CLAIRE EGAN, DAVID CANARY
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam) and Julia Barr (Brooke) in a scene that airs the week of April 5, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, JULIA BARR
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam), Patrick Pankhurst (Judge Meyers), extra and Jamie Luner (Liza) in a scene that airs the week of April 5, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, PATRICK PANKHURST, EXTRA, JAMIE LUNER
ALL MY CHILDREN - Natalie Hall (Colby), Jamie Luner (Liza) and David Canary (Adam) in a scene to begin airing the week of March 29, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images) NATALIE HALL, JAMIE LUNER, DAVID CANARY
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam), Michael E. Knight (Tad) and Julia Barr (Brooke) in a scene to begin airing the week of March 29, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, MICHAEL E. KNIGHT, JULIA BARR
ALL MY CHILDREN - Natalie Hall (Colby), Jamie Luner (Liza) and David Canary (Adam) in a scene to begin airing the week of March 29, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images) NATALIE HALL, JAMIE LUNER, DAVID CANARY
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam) in a scene that airs the week of March 22, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Adam Larkey/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam) and Julia Barr (Brooke) in a scene that airs the week of March 22, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, JULIA BARR
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam) and Julia Barr (Brooke) in a scene that airs the week of March 29, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, JULIA BARR
ALL MY CHILDREN - Vincent Irizarry (David) and David Canary (Adam) in a scene that airs the week of March 15, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Michael Yarish/ABC via Getty Images) VINCENT IRIZARRY, DAVID CANARY
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam) in a scene that airs the week of March 1, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Carol Kaelson/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam) and Vincent Irizarry (David) in a scene that airs the week of March 22, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, VINCENT IRIZARRY
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam) and Melissa Claire Egan (Annie) in a scene that airs the week of February 22, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, MELISSA CLAIRE EGAN
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam), Julia Barr (Brooke), Roxanna Hope (Dr. Khan), Adam Mayfield (Scott) and Jacob Young (JR) in a scene that airs the week of March 1, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Carol Kaelson/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, JULIA BARR, ROXANNA HOPE, ADAM MAYFIELD, JACOB YOUNG
ALL MY CHILDREN - Julia Barr (Brooke) and David Canary (Adam) in a scene that airs the week of February 22, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) JULIA BARR, DAVID CANARY
ALL MY CHILDREN - Jacob Young (JR) and David Canary (Adam) in a scene that airs the week of February 15, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children.' 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) JACOB YOUNG, DAVID CANARY
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam) in a scene that airs the week of January, 4, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC09 (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam) and Jacob Young (JR) in a scene that airs the week of February 15, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC10 (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, JACOB YOUNG
ALL MY CHILDREN - Melissa Claire Egan (Annie) and David Canary (Adam) in a scene that airs the week of January, 11, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC09 (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) MELISSA CLAIRE EGAN, DAVID CANARY
ALL MY CHILDREN - 'All My Children' celebrates it's milestone 40th anniversary with the return of Kelly Ripa as Hayley Vaughan Santos and Mark Consuelos as Mateo Santos, in the roles they created. The special episodes will air on January 4th and 5th, the shows actual anniversary date. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC09 (Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, KELLY RIPA
ALL MY CHILDREN - 1/5/10 'All My Children' celebrates it's milestone 40th anniversary with the return of Kelly Ripa (Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Mateo), in the roles they created airing Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, the show's actual anniversary date. Pictured: Melissa Claire Egan, David Canary and Kelly Ripa on set. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1-2 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC09 (Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images) MELISSA CLAIRE EGAN, DAVID CANARY, KELLY RIPA
ALL MY CHILDREN - 'All My Children' celebrates it's milestone 40th anniversary with the return of Kelly Ripa as Hayley Vaughan Santos and Mark Consuelos as Mateo Santos, in the roles they created. The special episodes will air on January 4th and 5th, the shows actual anniversary date. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC09 (Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, KELLY RIPA
ALL MY CHILDREN - Darnell Williams (Jesse), Michael E. Knight (Tad), Jamie Luner (Liza), Susan Lucci (Erica) and David Canary (Adam) in a scene that airs the week of December 7, 2009 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC09 (Photo by Jeff Neira/ABC via Getty Images) DARNELL WILLIAMS, MICHAEL E. KNIGHT, JAMIE LUNER, SUSAN LUCCI, DAVID CANARY
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam) and Jacob Young (JR) in a scene that airs the week of December 7, 2009 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC09 (Photo by Keysha McGrady/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, JACOB YOUNG
ALL MY CHILDREN - Craig Wroe (Reverend Halford), Melissa Claire Egan (Annie), Brittany Allen (Marissa), Thorsten Kaye (Zach), David Canary (Adam), Jacob Young (JR), Brianne Moncrief (Colby) and Jamie Luner (Liza) in a scene that airs the week of November 9, 2009 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children.' 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC09 (Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images) CRAIG WROE, MELISSA CLAIRE EGAN, BRITTANY ALLEN, THORSTEN KAYE, DAVID CANARY, JACOB YOUNG, BRIANNE MONCRIEF, JAMIE LUNER
ALL MY CHILDREN - Craig Wroe (Rev. Halford), David Canary (Adam), Nancy Opel (Lucretia), Melissa Claire Egan (Annie), Declan/Rory McTigue (Little Adam), Lucy Merriam (Emma), Jacob Young (JR), Brittany Allen (Marissa), Brianne Moncrief (Colby), Jamie Luner (Liza) and Cameron Mathison (Ryan) in a scene that airs the week of November 2, 2009 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children.' 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC09 (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) CRAIG WROE, DAVID CANARY, MELISSA CLAIRE EGAN, DECLAN/RORY MCTIGUE, LUCY MERRIAM, JACOB YOUNG, BRITTANY ALLEN, CAMERON MATHISON
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam) and Melissa Claire Egan (Annie) in a scene that airs the week of November 2, 2009 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children.' 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC09 (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, MELISSA CLAIRE EGAN
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam) in a scene that airs the week of November 2, 2009 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children.' 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC09 (Photo by Anthony Randell/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY
ALL MY CHILDREN - David Canary (Adam) and Susan Lucci (Erica) in a scene that airs the week of October 12, 2009 on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children.' 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC09 (Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID CANARY, SUSAN LUCCI
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Actor David Canary and actress Erika Slezak at the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Orpheum Theatre on August 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/DE/Getty Images for ATI)
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A native of Elwood, Ind., Canary played football for Ohio's famed Massillon Tigers of Washington High School before earning a 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 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 Sharks' Treasure (1975) with Cornel Wilde. He also drew attention as Mia Farrow's physical therapist in the hugely popular ABC nighttime soap Peyton Place.

Producer David Dortort saw Canary shine in a two-part Gunsmoke episode in 1967 and hired him to play Canaday soon afterward. He stuck with the show until it ended in 1973.

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