He played the dual roles of twins Adam and Stuart Chandler on the show for 27 years. Adam was the scheming businessman and patriarch of the wealthy Pine Valley family, while Stuart was the kind one who was locked in the west wing of his brother’s mansion.
Talk show host Kelly Ripa played his daughter, Hayley, on the show from 1990 to 2010.
She tweeted her condolences to her fans, along with a sweet photo of the two of them together.
There are also numerous clips on YouTube, including this 1997 video from Hayley’s wedding to Mateo, with Ripa and Canary sharing a scene.
All My Children star Julia Barr — who worked with Canary for many years as his on-again, off-again wife — has also spoken out about Canary's passing, exclusively to SheKnows:
"David Canary was my TV soul mate! I could not have asked for anything more in an actor or a fellow human being. He was the essence of kindness, a gentleman and my years of playing 'Brooke' to his 'Adam' were a joy! We were all blessed to have him in our lives," Barr said.
Susan Lucci, the queen of AMC, heard the news from Ripa’s Twitter page and posted her thoughts on Instagram. Adam Chandler was one of Erica Kane’s many husbands during the run of the show.
I just learned the news that the wonderful David Canary has passed away--I saw it posted on Kelly Ripa"s site. My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to his wife Mo and his children, Christopher and Katie. Rest in peace, David--you warm and generous, talented and fabulous man, actor and friend! I am so grateful to have known you--and to have had the privilege of sharing the AMC stage with you! I will never forget you.
Walt Willey, who played Jackson Montgomery on All My Children from 1987 to 2011, also gave a loving tribute on social media.
We have lost a giant. David Canary has passed away. I learned so much from him. Good night, David. Thanks for everything.— Walt Willey (@wwilley) November 25, 2015
Sarah Michelle Gellar posted her thoughts about her former coworker, as well.
J.R. Martinez wrote about his thoughts on the legend.
His passing was even noted by ABC Publicity.
For more than two decades David Canary defined daytime drama on ABC. Our hearts go out to his family and we mourn his passing.— ABC Publicity (@ABC_Publicity) November 25, 2015
Even other soaps took notice of his passing. This tribute was written my General Hospital head writer, Ron Carlivati.
As beloved as he was to the soap opera audience, Canary got his start in theater, performing both on and off Broadway, before serving in the U.S. Army for two years. After his military service, he headed to Los Angeles where he began appearing in shows like Gunsmoke, Bonanza and Peyton Place.
In 1975, he returned to New York to begin his All My Children journey, which earned him 16 Daytime Emmy nominations and five Emmy wins. He was with the show all the way through its ABC run and then rejoined the cast when the show was briefly broadcast online in 2013.
The actor is survived by his second wife, Maureen, his son Christopher, his daughter, Kathryn, and one grandson, Donovan.
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