David Canary & All My Children Go Separate Ways
By Lynda Hirsch
Feb 20, 2010
The news that David Canary was retiring from "All My Children" was not all that stunning. There were a few hints along the way. When ABC announced the show was moving from New York to Los Angeles, Canary was not mentioned in the first official cast list.
A while back, Agnes Nixon, who created "AMC," mentioned Canary would be leaving. The return of Julia Barr (Brooke) for a story line arc had Adam is leaving all over it. Could it be Adam and Brooke into the sunset with some cloudy skies along the way? Canary's exit is now official.
He has issued an official statement about his spring departure.
"My career on 'All My Children' has given me more than words could ever convey, both professionally and personally. I have cherished each and every moment. I would like to thank all the fans who have tuned in throughout the years. Their love and support has meant the world to me. I truly feel that I will leave the show in great hands. Viewers will be happy with how Adam departs the canvas, and I know that leaving JR (Jacob Young) as head of the Chandler household will continue to provide the show with many great stories to come. This is not the last you've seen of Adam Chandler. I will be back to check up on the Chandler Clan."
Hopefully, that is true. Everyone who has ever worked with him continues to be amazed by his acting prowess. The first time I interviewed Canary, he was playing Steven Frame on "Another World." Bruised and battered by an on-again-off-again Hollywood career, the actor was ready to leave L.A. for New York and a stable acting job. As a regular cast member on "Bonanza," the iconic television Western, Canary -- who played Candy -- left after a contract dispute, but was brought back to the show after Dan Blocker (Hoss) died. In between acting gigs, Canary would paint houses. During a paint job for a producer, Canary wondered why he was not getting a lot of acting gigs. Canary was stunned when the client told him he had been labeled as difficult. Just working with Canary on the painting project, the producer knew it wasn't true, and Canary was back in the acting game. Canary was delighted to be on "AW" for its job security.
At the time, he said, "I can play the character forever." A month later, the character was killed off. "AW's" loss was a boon for "AMC." He joined the cast in 1983, playing the powerful and mercurial Adam Chandler, as well as Adam's shy and gentle twin, Stuart; he won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor for his portrayal of these characters in 1988, 1989, 1993, 1995 and 2001.
Canary will continue to be on air through the end of April 2010. Fans can expect a scandalous end to his marriage to Annie (Melissa Claire Egan) and a reunion with one of his former ex-wives. In true standing with "All My Children" history, the aftermath of his departure will leave a fight for power within the Chandler household. This could set up a JR-vs.-Scott-vs.-Annie-vs.-Colby sizzling story line.
Just like the characters he played on "AMC," Canary has two very different sides. In his Massillon, Ohio, high school, where football is king, he was a star on the team. He also loved music. He asked his dad which one he should choose. Canary is forever grateful that his dad asked why he had to choose. A scholarship winner, he played on the Cincinnati University football team and was a student of music in Cincinnati University's famed conservatory of music. "I got it from both sides. The guys on the football team laughed about the music studies. My musical classmates could not believe I was a jock."
Now all Canary gets from both sides is applause.
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