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David Canary Dead: Beloved ‘All My Children’ & ‘Bonanza’ Star Dies At 77

Tue, November 24, 2015 8:12pm EDT by Beth Shilliday 1 Comment

It’s a sad day in Pine Valley as David Canary, the longtime star of ABC’s ‘All My Children’ has passed away at 77. He played lead character Adam Chandler for 26 years on the soap, and before that starred in the classic TV western ‘Bonanza.’

David Canary, who starred on two beloved long running TV shows has died at age 77. He was known to this generation as Adam Chandler on ABC’s soap opera All My Children, but before that was known to a totally different audience when he starred on the legendary TV western Bonanza in the late 1960’s. His family revealed on Nov. 23 that he had passed away from natural causes. R.I.P David.

David will always be remembered for his unforgettable role on All My Children, which he joined in 1984. His character of dashing tycoon Adam Chandler would go on to become one of ABC’s most popular soap icons. He played the role for an amazing 26 years, before leaving the show in 2010, but returned for the show’s final broadcast episodes the following year. When the show was cancelled by ABC and moved online, he reprised Adam for a handful of episodes in 2013.

His character would become one of the many husbands of Erica Kane, played by soap legend Susan Lucci. He also ended up in duel roles, playing Adam’s kind-hearted, shy twin brother Stuart Chander. David was nominated for a staggering 16 Daytime Emmy’s as lead actor, winning five times.

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Before soaps, David starred on the iconic TV western Bonanza as Candy Canaday, the ranch foreman of the Ponderosa. He was on the show from 1967 though 1970 before leaving in a contract dispute. He returned to the classic series for its penultimate season in 1972. Prior to that, he starred in a two-part series arc on the western Gunsmoke, which caught the eyes of Bonanza producers.

David is survived by his wife of 33 years, Maureen; his son, Christopher; his daughter, Kathryn; and his grandson, Donovan.

Our thoughts are with David’s family and friends at this sad time.