Newswire: R.I.P. David Canary, veteran TV actor and All My Children star
David Canary, veteran TV actor who starred on ABC’s All My Children for 26 years, died on November 16 of natural causes. He was 77.
Canary was born in Indiana, but grew up and went to college in Ohio, attending the University Of Cincinnati on a football scholarship. Although he was offered a chance to join the Denver Broncos, Canary was more interested in the performing arts. So, after a stint in the Army, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. He began his decades-long tenure in ABC soap operas with a recurring spot on Peyton Place in 1965, but rose to prominence in 1967 with his role on Bonanza.
Canary joined Bonanza as Candy Canaday, the Cartwrights’ foreman and confidante, and helped rejuvenate the series after Pernell Roberts’ (who played Adam Cartwright) departure. The same year that he joined the show, Canary starred in the classic Western …