Born in Elwood, Indiana in 1938, Canary’s acting career began with a recurring role as Dr. Russ Gehrig on Peyton Place in 1965. He would soon go on to portray ranch manager Candy Canaday on the long-running NBC Western Bonanza, a role he held off and on from 1967 to 1973. A string of appearances on television shows from the era followed, including guest roles on Hawaii Five-0, Alias Smith And Jones, and S.W.A.T..
In the early 80s, Canary joined the soap opera world, portraying Steve Frame for two years on NBC’s Another World. But it was his next job, as diametrically opposite twins Adam Chandler and Stuart Chandler on ABC’s All My Children, that he was best known for. Canary played the roles from 1984 until 2011, including in a guest spot as Adam Chandler on One Life To Live. He won five Daytime Emmy outstanding actor awards and 16 nominations for the roles.
He largely retired in 2010 but continued to act sporadically, including several post-retirement appearances on All My Children. In addition, Canary continued to associate himself with his Bonanza role well into his career, making several appearances at the Lake Tahoe site of the show’s Ponderosa ranch between 1967 and 2004, and reprising the role for a PAX-TV special in 2002. Other TV appearances include Law & Order, Touched By An Angel, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
He was married to Maureen Maloney; the couple had two children, son Chris and daughter Kate.