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Happy Birthday To Wilton’s David Hoyt Canary

David Hoyt Canary turns 76 on Monday.
David Hoyt Canary turns 76 on Monday. Photo Credit:

WILTON, Conn. -- Happy birthday to Wilton’s David Hoyt Canary!

Canary, who has owned a home in Wilton, turns 76 on Monday. The actor was born Aug. 25, 1938, in Elwood, Ind.

Canary came to prominence in 1967 on the Western series "Bonanza," after a semi-regular role as Russ Gehring in the prime-time serial "Peyton Place."

In 1967, he appeared in the now-classic Western movie "Hombre," in which he was featured with Paul Newman, Richard Boone and Cameron Mitchell.

He guest-starred in a two-part episode of CBS's "Gunsmoke" entitled "Nitro," played a mobster with Jason Robards in the film "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre," and appeared on the short-lived CBS Western "Dundee and the Culhane."

He appeared on Broadway with Colleen Dewhurst in "Great Day In The Morning" and with Geraldine Page in Tennessee Williams' "Clothes For A Summer Horse."

He has done numerous musical/stage roles in shows such as "Kismet," "Man Of La Mancha," and "The Fantastics," as well as dramatic performances in "The Seagull" and "Macbeth."

He is best known for his roles as the ranch foreman, Candy Canaday on "Bonanza" (a role he played from 1967-1970; 1972-1973) and identical twins Adam Chandler from 1983 to 2010 and Stuart Chandler from 1984 to 2009 on the daytime serial "All My Children."

He has won five Daytime Emmy Awards for Lead Actor in 1988, 1989, 1993, 1995 and 2001, and has been nominated an additional 11 times, most recently in 2008.

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