Vet­eran soap ac­tor David Ca­nary dies at age 77

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

Long­time soap opera ac­tor David Ca­nary, best known for his role as twin broth­ers on “All My Chil­dren,’’ has died at age 77.

Ca­nary died of nat­u­ral causes on Nov. 16 at his home at The Greens at Can­non­dale in Wil­ton, Con­necti­cut, Paul Pyrch of the Bou­ton Fu­neral Home said Wed­nes­day.

Ca­nary’s ca­reer spanned more than five decades, with ap­pear­ances in the films “Hom­bre’’ and “Saint Valen­tine’s Day Mas­sacre’’ be­fore earn­ing re­cur­ring roles on “Pey­ton Place’’ and “Bo­nanza.’’ In De­cem­ber 1983, he joined the cast of “All My Chil­dren’’ as twins Adam and Stu­art Chan­dler. Play­ing the broth­ers _ one evil and the other good-hearted _ brought Ca­nary his great­est fame and five Day­time Emmy Awards.

“For more than two decades David Ca­nary de­fined day­time drama on ABC,’’ the net­work wrote in a state­ment Tues­day. “Our hearts go out to his fam­ily and we mourn his pass­ing.’’

De­spite his pop­u­lar­ity on the show, Ca­nary shunned the spot­light and pre­ferred to live qui­etly with his wife and fam­ily.

“At the risk of be­ing mis­un­der­stood, I’m a real pri­vate per­son,’’ Ca­nary told The As­so­ci­ated Press in an in­ter­view in 1993. “I don’t make ap­pear­ances. I don’t do fan mag­a­zine in­ter­views. My wife and our two chil­dren live in a lit­tle town in Con­necti­cut, where most of the peo­ple don’t watch the show and, if they do, don’t make a big deal out of it.’’

The ac­tor was at first re­luc­tant to take a role on a day­time soap opera. But af­ter get­ting a chance to play a mad­man on “The Doc­tors,’’ Ca­nary spent two years on the soap “An­other World.’’

Then came the op­por­tu­nity to join “All My Chil­dren.’’

“I was re­luc­tant to even sign a two-year con­tract,’’ he said in 1993. “That seemed like a long, long time.’’

Ca­nary re­mained on the show un­til 2011. In ad­di­tion to on­screen roles, Ca­nary also per­formed on the stage, ap­pear­ing in on and off Broad­way pro­duc­tions, ac­cord­ing to an obit­u­ary pub­lished in the Wil­ton Bul­letin.

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