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EXCLUSIVE: Michael E. Knight Pays Tribute To Former All My Children Castmate, The Late David Canary

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As fans, castmates, and colleagues learned earlier this week of the passing of five-time Daytime Emmy-winning All My Children star, David Canary, people immediately went on social media sharing their sentiments and grief over the death of this icon.  Canary, for over 26 years played the incomparable Chandler twins: Adam and Stuart.  It’s a performance that will be remembered and never-to-be-seen again in the annals of the soap genre.  Canary died at age 77 at his home in Connecticut on November 16th.

One of Canary’s longtime cast members deeply affected by his passing is The Young and the Restless‘ Michael E. Knight (Simon Neville).  For it was Knight, who entered Pine Valley as Tad Martin, right around the same time as Canary.  David had just left his role of Steven Frame on Another World to take on the leading roles of Adam and Stuart on AMC.

In an exclusive conversation with On-Air On-Soaps, Knight shared his thoughts on: his beloved co-star, what David meant to daytime, their final tape day together on the set of ABC’s All My Children, the profound moment when Canary made an acting choice that would forever change the way Stuart Chandler would be played for the next 26 years, and more.  A retrospective, emotional, and candid Knight gave us a special inside glimpse into what made the actor and the man, David Canary, the most respected in his field.  Here’s what Michael expressed:

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Michael on David’s immeausurable talent: “David was one of the guys I felt very fondly towards.  He was definitely one of the family.  I think he and I started on All My Children at exactly the same time.  He was the best of us.  First of all, he was a known actor.  I remember watching David on Bonanza, when I was a kid.  He was unbelievably talented and at the same time, humble and generous.  I remember his Emmy reel one year with scenes between Stuart and Adam, when Stuart’s wife on the show died of AIDS.  There was a scene at the chapel of the hospital.  I remember he was acting his heart out, and my mouth was agape.”

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Michael on David Canary’s status among his peers:  “I don’t think there is anybody who dreams of being an actor who doesn’t have moments of doubt when you spend your entire life on daytime television, because we are so easy to mock.  And anybody who isn’t into what we do can take shots at us.  The fact is: there is so much about the industry that is deemed silly, and rightly so – how many times can you be married to the same person, have your kids stolen, or have amnesia, etc?  But there are certain people in this business that if I look across the room and see them, I become so proud of what I am doing, and where I am: Tony Geary (Ex-Luke, GH), Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R), Louis Edmonds (Ex-Langley AMC), James Mitchell (Ex-Palmer, AMC), Bob Woods (Ex-Bo, OLTL), Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R), and David Canary was first on that list.  These are people that are good no matter where they are.  David was a beautiful guy inside and out.  He was professional, and he was the quintessential gentlemen.  David and Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) set the tone for us at All My Children.   It’s a hard job.  It would be very easy to behave like a diva.  I’ve done it, but David was not one of those guys.  He set a very, very high mark for me, and everybody else.”

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Michael recalls a touching moment with David on the final tape day of AMC: “On the day we wrapped All My Children, there was a scene we did where everyone got to say speeches, and Agnes Nixon (Creator, AMC) wrote this speech I gave as Tad.  I call it ‘The friends, neighbors, family speech.’   It was the wrap-up speech, and David was there.  While on the set, we were talking about life on the soap, and how we put in a lot of miles in between us …  and now we are looking in the rearview mirror together … and that who knew that when we met back in 1982 that we would be here now.  I was making a joke saying, ‘Who knew that I would turn into …?’   David cut me off and said, ‘… a good f**ing actor.’  When David Canary tells you that, it’s something.   When he gives you a compliment, I would like to go home and hang that on the wall!  David made all of us feel good, welcomed, and he inspired all of us.  He was always on time.  He was never late to work.  David was a powerhouse of a guy, and you better have known your lines when you worked with him … that’s for sure!” (Laughs)

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Michael on David’s first AMC storyline, where his acting choice was  a game-changer: Adam’s first story was that he had a twin, and his twin was dangerous.  He had a housekeeper, and all of a sudden she would show up beaten up, etc.  The whole idea was Adam must be psychotic.  He is having a psychotic break, because he is doing very dangerous things: the windows are broken in the house, the housekeeper, all of these things were happening.  The reveal is that Adam has a twin.  Now initially, Stuart was supposed to be dangerous when they created the story.  However, there was a scene that was constructed like the famous black and white scene from Frankenstein, where the audience became aware that this is the twin.  This is Stuart.  He is in a room with somebody, who thinks he is Adam.  But Stuart walks in eating a cookie, and he offers the cookie to the person saying, ‘You want some cookie?’  It was in that moment where David made a choice that blew me away.  He chose to always imitate his then four-year-old son, Chris.  That is why Stuart would have that child-like ruffled hair, and that is when Stuart became this very simple soul.  All of the compassion and all of the love is within Stuart.  Adam is the ultra- male dangerous one who is out conquering the world.  The better half of his soul resides in his brother.  So, that is the moment that David discovered that Stuart, as a character, was in effect his son Chris at four.  That would live on for the next twenty plus years.  From that moment everything changed, and the writers backed him up.”

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Michael on how David’s death made the news and people’s reaction to it: “When the news broke of David’s passing it hit all over the country. He is the type of guy where when you learned this, you just sit there for awhile with it very quietly.  David’s passing should be a big deal and written about.  He was huge in pop culture for decades.  If you knew anything about soaps, you certainly knew who David Canary was.  And people who don’t know soaps knew who he was!  David was a big deal.  He still is.  Everybody should be lucky enough to know somebody like him.  I can’t say it any better than that.”

So, what did you think of the sentiments, reactions, and stories shared by Michael E. Knight on his beloved former All My Children castmate, David Canary? What were you most intrigued to find out? What are your thoughts on the passing of David Canary, and what he meant to the soap industry, All My Children, and his colleagues, such as Michael? What was your favorite performance/storyline of David’s as Adam or Stuart Chandler? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Ray
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Ray

Beautiful story. I did not start watching AMC until 2000, but I loved Adam and especially, Stuart. I loved the scenes with Adam. J.R., Babe, Jamie, Tad and Dixie. I have always said when larger-than-life people die, it is so hard to believe they actually leave us. I felt the same way when Douglas Watson died from “Another World,” Beverlee McKinsey from “Guiding Light” and Frances Reid on “DOOL.” It is great to see so many people have such kind comments. I would love to hear from Cady and Jennifer Bassey.

Tania
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Tania

Cady said something on Twitter. I would like to hear from Marcy (Liza) and Julia (Brooke)

Beth
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Beth

Julia Barr gave a statement to SheKnows.com: “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.” Jennifer Bassey tweeted her condolences a few days ago. But I do understand that there are certain actors, above all others, whom we as fans need to hear from about David Canary, and for me, MEK was at the top… Read more »

Tania
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Tania

Thank you Beth

Eden
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Eden

David was brilliant in every thing he did. Many years ago, I remember him saying in an interview that when he was on Peyton Place that Mia Farrow would never speak to him outside of having scenes together. For the life of me, I could never understand why she would be that way. I can only hope that now she might take a moment to count the blessing she had to have even worked with him!
RIP David and may God’s comfort hold your loved ones tightly through this very sad and difficult time.
Cheers. X

Mindy
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Mindy

Cady McClain also issued a statement on Facebook (and posted a link to a lovely piece about him on NPR):

“Please join with me in remembering the amazing life and incredible work of my dear colleague David Canary. Sadly, I just received the news that his life has come to an end.

It’s hard to find the right words…

He was an extraordinary man… a true gentleman and artist. Exemplary in every way. I am very proud to have worked with him for so many years, and blessed to have known him. “

Sprite
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Sprite

I want to know Kate Collins’s reaction. Their work together was extraordinary with explosive acting chemistry.

Brandi
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Brandi

My whole childhood was around all my children I started watching at the age of 10 with my mom ..I will remember Stuart /.adam chandler for my many many years He was a sweet soul that will be remembered for a long time

Noell Reed
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Noell Reed

Very touching ! David Canary was an acting kegend that will be missed by all, especially by the people who had the pleasure to work with him. As fans, we will miss the craziness and childlike innocence David exhibited in Adam and Stuart Chandler.

Michele
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Michele

Wow amazing! Well written and well spoken and well special. I was born one year and one day after All My Children started airing. My mom got hooked on it. We used to have lunch with the show. When I was in college, I could always call my mom at noon and we’d have a long distance lunch. Then when I was home for the holidays, we’d always decorate the tree watching the show. David played all of his roles to their magical limits. But when he came to AMC he did something so amazing, something that no current actor… Read more »

PeaceandBlessings
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PeaceandBlessings

Excellent tribute, Mr. Knight indeed has evolved into a fine actor, and a fine commentator, honoring this icon in a most exemplary way. God bless the memory of David Canary.

Patty Bugland
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Patty Bugland

The sister-in-law of a former coworker was in the wardrobe department over at AMC for many years and was there when both Michael Knight and David Canary joined the show. I remember asking her about the cast and who her favorite people were. Canary was high at the top of her list; some of the anecdotes Michael Knight so eloquently recounted echo much of hers; punctuality, professionalism and truly creating characters who would be as distinctive in and out of costume. 77 doesn’t quite seem long enough to have David Canary around. Knight’s sensitive and beautifully recounted moments are lovely.… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

When you know someone for a very long time and they are considered a part of your family and they die, you are lost …it’s a felling like none other, I know I lost not one but 2 daughters … 26 years is a long time to work with someone. You grow attached to them. They are a part of your life. Rest In Peace David Canary … Now about the Actors. I have the utmost respect and admiration for Actors especially Soap Stars. I always said that Soap Stars have it the hardest. Soap Stars are the ones who… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

I have been waiting for Michael E Knight’s response. MEK has been pontificating about the brilliance of David Canary for years and it was through his observations where viewers like me came to fully realize just how brilliant Canary truly was. I did not know until just now that Canary based his interpretation of Stuart on his four year old son. What MEK says here should be read by not only AMC fans, but soap fans in general. Oh hell, it should be read by everyone. What he says about Canary, about the craft and his (Canary’s) handling of it… Read more »

Sheryl
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Sheryl

I liked David so much ,I was very lucky to meet him in person at the studio and see him again at super soap weekend in Orlando. he was so nice and a real down to earth person He gave him a hug both times and we got to talk to him like you would to a friend you knew for along time . He was a great role model and a very talented actor. We miss him very much. Thank you both Michaels for sharing .

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Harold's Bone

Cady did write a tribute.. it can be found on her facebook page and probably twitter. She said this: “Please join with me in remembering the amazing life and incredible work of my dear colleague David Canary. Sadly, I just received the news that his life has come to an end. It’s hard to find the right words… He was an extraordinary man… a true gentleman and artist. Exemplary in every way. I am very proud to have worked with him for so many years, and blessed to have known him. Here’s a fund set up by the family to… Read more »

Dinah
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Dinah

wow this is a great tribute to David by Michael

Tania
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Tania

Michael did a great interview. I may have never met David but I was sad to hear about his passing

SZima
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SZima

Mr. Canary was a fabulous actor and I always enjoyed his scenes…even the times when I didn’t like Adam. But I always loved to hate him!

I vaguely remember the early “Stuart” references, and that he was locked in the attic and supposedly dangerous. (These were back in the day when I was working and there were no DVD/DVRs to record the shows, so I missed a lot.) So glad he turned that story around and made Stuart Adam’s better half.

Thanks MEK for your memories! It would be nice to read some of DC’s other co-stars memories.

kristy
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kristy

Had watched them both all my life remember how much I cried at stuarts funeral singing high hopes! Rip adam and stuart loved u for years

nancy
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nancy

well done Michael

Kristie Lyon
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Kristie Lyon

I grew up watching All My Children. I remember being little and my mom ironing and it was on. My mom watched ABC soaps so I did. Do. I still watch General Hospital. For me David Canary was completely amazing to watch. One of the greats. But so is Michael E Knight for that matter. I am very grateful I know the true talent that they are and so happy I got to see David for so many years. It’s a huge loss to the acting and the soap opera community, but we are grateful he was here.

Shari
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Shari

I want to thank Michael E. Knight for such an honest,heartfelt tribute to the Life and the Loss of the Great David Canary!

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Yeenie B
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Yeenie B

I remember waiting in line in NYC to see the a late afternoon special of The View. David walked by like a regular guy. Someone yelled “Adam”! Which I thought was cute. David turned around and chatted signed autographs and it seemed like he wanted to stay as long as the people wanted to chat. But suddenly he got a look on his face and said “what time is it?”. When told he said he had to get back go the set he was on his lunch break. He flashed that awesome grin, we melted and he jogged away. I… Read more »

Babs
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Babs

I was looking at my hometown paper (Massillon, OH) on Newspaper Archives this week and looked up David. He was destined to be great as I could tell by how many articles he was mentioned in. He was always in the paper, honor roll, choir, his church, co-captain of the Massillon Tigers, football scholarship to Cincinnati, all Scholastic All American in college, etc He also remained true to his roots and loved the town he grew up in throughout his life, appearing in local theater productions. His father, Hillary, was well known in town being the manager of the downtown… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Babs…thank you, too. I grew up in Columbus, Ohio and OSU. Massillon was/is famous for it’s powerhouse football team which has produced many players who played for the Buckeyes (who beat Michigan Today). So to play football for the MTigers was a big deal. Until I read your comment I had no idea David was a jock. And this combined with all his other accomplishments! Quite a person. But I love most what he/Adam/Stuart brought to all of us fans of AMC.

Colleen
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Colleen

Thanks for sharing it’s great to hear this type of story from someone from his hometown. I loved AMC and admired David immensely.

Babs
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Babs

I enjoy telling people about what a great guy he really was. Thank you. I liked his Adam/Stuart more than any other character(s) on daytime. He was so much more like Stuart, a really pleasant person.

Maggie De
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Maggie De

I have adored David Canary my entire life.I moved Heaven and earth whenever an opportunity arose to see him in person.I was Blessed to have done that a dozen times.He was the very of everything on tv,and the world is a lot less brighter without him in it.I will love him for akways,and I am so happy that all of those Co workers and friends,share my sentiments.

Chip Gass
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Chip Gass

In 1982 we had a VCR set to channel 3 with a cable box, my mom required us to change the cable box to channel to ABC. In the summer we change the channel per her request to ABC to All My Childrearing at airtime . Thereafter this child was hooked on Adam and Stuart. Rooting for the likeable cutthroat Adam. May he rest in peace. Michael, thank you for your found words and memories. I love your work.

Mary Kay
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Mary Kay

I loved AMC. It was a show that I was fortunate enough to share with my dad and my mom at different times. The caliber of actors on the show brought the characters to life, making us care for and believe in them. David Canary as Adam/ Stuart epitomized this. He was and is a legend. Michael Knight as Tad and his scenes with Adam were fantastic. There are no words to express the loss not only for the soap world but all of acting on the passing of Mr David Canary. I often wonder how the characters would have… Read more »

ANNIE THIEL
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ANNIE THIEL

IM JUST SHOCKED. I JUST HAD AN LOSS FROM ONE LIFE TO LIVE NATHANEIL MARTSON DIED HIM SELF. I LOVED WATCHING ADAM AND STUART FOR LOVE. IT GOT TO ME WHEN ADAM FOUND STUAT A LIVE. BO DAVID CANARY AND NATHANEIL MARTSON IS IN MY HEART.

Brenda
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Brenda

I started watching AMC in 1979 … & as an R.N. on nightshift, would set my alarm clock to get up & watch. When VCRs came out, I was the first to purchase one so I wouldn’t miss a single episode. AMC was my one & only soap, & I fell in love with Tad Martin, & loved to hate Adam Chandler & adore Stuart. Brooke was the female I most identified with on the show, so was ecstatic when she ended up with Adam in the end 🙂 I even remember watching David as “Candy” on Bonanza as a… Read more »

Paula
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Paula

I just loved his character.. Such a phenomenal actor. He had the greatest loves and rivalries in soap history. I am so glad I was a viewer of AMC for so long and got to witness his talents. Rest in Peace David Canary.. Rest in Peace…..

Melissa
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Melissa

I watched All My Children for many, many years – can’t even remember probably because it seemed like a daily part of my life. Adam Chandler was one of my favorite characters, as well as Tad Martin! One of my favorite times is having the two of them on screen together. As stubborn and strong willed as Adam was, Tad never put up with him. David Canary was beyond an amazing actor especially when he portrayed both Adam and Stuart in the same scene. I would completely forget it was the same actor!! It was the best when Stuart pretended… Read more »

Carle Wells
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Carle Wells

I was so sad to hear about the passing of David Canary. He was a brilliant star and one of the greatest performers for a lone time. His passing will leave a sadness to many friend’s and costars. David’s work speaks for itself. I too would like to hear a response from Julia Barr and many other costars. Michael E. Night (Tad) gave a wonderful job giving this presentation of David Canary. I loved for many years his playing Adam and Stuart. I always enjoyed him in both roles. He was so talented and such a wonderful star. He will… Read more »

Lisa D
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Lisa D

Thank you Michael for that interesting insight on how the characters of Adam/Stuart came to be. As I stated on FB David Canary played his dual role seamlessly!! RIP David Canary. He was a master at his craft. I am curious if he did suffer from Alzheimer’s since that’s were donations are asked to go. I am unfortunately going thru that with my dad a, who just recently went into assisted care. I have watched AMC since its conception till the bitter end and grew up with it. I will always cherish the cast and their story lines that made… Read more »

Yolaine San Filippo
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Yolaine San Filippo

Michael you did an amazing tribute for David Canary. This is something ABC should have done. I remember many many times you both fought about issues and we’re both professional at your roles. I still think ABC should hold a tribute for him. They have don’t that in the last for other actors/actresses. I’ve been watching AMC since I was 16 and until the finale. Was very sad to see the end of a great SOAP. Thank you Michael for giving such a wonderful tribute to an amazing man who will forever be remembered as one of the best iconic… Read more »

Sue S
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Sue S

I started watching AMC right from the start and felt that all the characters were like family. As fans we all got to enjoy the show and the felt like we knew them. MEK wrote a wonderful tribute for David. The world lost a very talented, kind man. His wife, children & family lost a very loving husband, father, friend. There are too many moments in his acting career that were fabulous and to many to count. We will miss you David.

merry anne hess
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merry anne hess

I was one of the people who was shocked & just sat in grief. Michael hit the nail on the head. David was a class act, you could tell he took his role very seriously. I don’t know or can i imagine anyone who didnt’ think this man could act. I can’t pick just ONE favorite part or time or scene, as every one of the scenes or any actor he was in a scene with had great chemistry with him. It just breaks my heart we will never see him come back in case amc comes back to tv.… Read more »

Judy
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Judy

I grew up watching Bonanza, and watched All My Children from day one. I don’t think I ever missed an episode. My Mom and I watched together. As much as I loved all the characters and actors, David Canary made this show. He was the J.R. Ewing of AMC. It just wouldn’t have been the same without him. Of course my second love has to be MEK. He was the one who made my heart skip a beat. I am and always will be Tadders girl.

Melissa
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Melissa

Thank you Mr. Canary for so many hours of entertainment and great performances.

Sarah
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Sarah

Well said. I remember David Canary saying he preferred playing Stuart I think it was because there are a million Adams in soaps but only one Stuart. Adam and Stuart were as opposite as two soap characters could be and they were played by one amazing actor RIP David Canary

Mindy
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Mindy

This is amazing. Thank you to both Michael Fairman and Michael E Knight. This is an absolutely beautiful remembrance of David Canary. My God, Mr. Knight, you made me cry all over again. How amazing that David Canary created the characterization of Stuart against what was intended. And I cannot imagine how honored Michael Knight must have felt to have David Canary call him a great f**king actor. David Canary was probably the greatest actor ever in Daytime. Losing David Canary actually feels worse to me than losing AMC itself. My sympathies go out to his family and friends. Thank… Read more »

Peggy Burke
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Peggy Burke

My favorite scene was Stuart walking in the park with Scott and taling to him. So many scences with Adam and Stuart were awesome. He was such a great actor. I love and miss AMC … Michael Knight’s comments so sweet and truth bearing. I love Michael too and was glad to see him again on Y&R. Michael is a great actor too. Hope he continues to be on Y&R since I’m not sure what the writers have in mind for Dr. Neville. I only started watching that Soap after AMC and OLTL went off the air.

Jody Perry
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Jody Perry

I watched All My Children for many years, mostly to see David Canary at his best. I loved when Adam and Stuart interacted together. He will be missed!!!

ANNIE THIEL
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ANNIE THIEL

I GREW UP WATCHING ALL MY CHILDREN I’LL NEVER FORGET DAVID CANERY AS ADAM AND SUART. I WSHED THE ACTRESSES WHO PLAYED COLBY WOULD SOME THING ABOUT HIM AND ADAM MAYFIELD WHO PLAYED SCOTT AND BOBBIE EASKS WHO PLAYED KRYSTAL.

ANNIE THIEL
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ANNIE THIEL

I WATCHED ALL MY CHILDREN EVER SICNE I GREW UP. I WISHED THE ACTRESSES WHO PLAYED COLBY COULD OF SAY SOMETHING ABOUT HIM INCLUDING BOBBIE EAKS AND ADAM MAYFEILD.

ANNIE THIEL
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ANNIE THIEL

I LOVED WAHT MICHALE E. KNIGHT SAID ABOUT DAVID AND SAME WITH JOHN CALLHAN. I LOVE JOHN CALLHAN WHEN HE WAS ON ALL MY CHILDREN AND SAME WITH TAD. SAME WITH WALT WILLEY AS JACKSON.

Laurie Donaldson
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Laurie Donaldson

I remember in Mr. Canary’s early years on the show, with the sweet simple soul Michael E. Knight talked about, Stuart seemed to me very slightly intellectually handicapped. I worried a bit when writers first had Stuart in a romantic relationship, that it was inappropriate, that whoever it was could easily take advantage of Stewart. He was hurt very badly at times by women, worst of all when Adam was involved. (Gloria). I hadn’t watched the show, or any soap, for over ten years when AMC went off the air, but Stuart will always remain one of my top five… Read more »

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Beloved Soap Stars Left Out of 2021 Primetime Emmy Broadcast In-Memoriam Tribute

Last night, during the presentation of the 73rd annual Primetime Emmys broadcast on CBS, the annual In-Memoriam segment brought with it so many households names in a year that saw so many legacy talents and more pass away.

The tribute was performed by Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste to Bridge’s song, “River”, and as the images of the departed played across the screens from Cloris Leachman to Cicely Tyson, to Ed Asner to Michael K. Williams, and more, it was clear that several of the major late daytime soap stars were not included in the on-air tribute as well as other omissions.

Now granted, we know they will all be a part of next year’s 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in-memoriam segment, but still these actors were a part of this community and not only appeared on the soaps, but other shows as well.

Those that daytime fans noticed were not included were: Michael Nader (Ex-Dex Dexter and Dimitri Marick, Dynasty and All My Children) Stuart Damon (Ex-Alan Quartermaine, General Hospital), Ray MacDonnell (Ex-Joe Martin, All My Children) and Jay Pickett (Ex-Frank Scanlon, Port Charles).

From primetime MIA action were: Michael Constantine (Ex-Room 222), Tanya Roberts (Ex-Charlie’s Angeles), Director, Richard Donner, writer Larry McMurty, and DMX, to name but a few.

However, the Television Academy did list all of its members who died on their website in the In-Memoriam section, because due to time constraints, they could not possibly showcase everyone.

What do you feel about the omissions of Nader, Damon, MacDonnell, Pickett, and more from the In-Memoriam tribute? Let us know in the comment section, but first watch the segment.

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AMC Alum Sarah Michelle Gellar Reflecting on Her Time on Soaps: “Anything I Can Do to Continue the Legacy I’m Very Proud Of”

Daytime fans knew of Sarah Michelle Gellar her way before her Buffy the Vampire Slayer days, when she stepped on to the small screen as Erica’s (Susan Lucci) troubled daughter Kendall Hart on ABC’s All My Children. 

Gellar played the role from 1993 to 1995, and made a brief return in 2011 as the show came to its conclusion on ABC. Additionally, Sarah won a Daytime Emmy for her performance in the Outstanding Younger Actress category in 1995.

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Sarah has partnered with Lysol for their brand’s Disinfecting Wipes “Buy One, Donate One” program. where now through September 26, whenever a pack of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes is purchased, another pack will automatically be donated to an under-resourced school through the Kids In Need Foundation.

The program is aimed to help curb the spread of illness-causing germs in schools this back-to-school season, a total of up to 16 million packs of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes will be donated to Title I schools across the country.

The program is the latest component of Lysol’s HERE for Healthy Schools initiative. Started in 2019 with the mission to help curb the spread of preventable illness and to help kids miss less school so they are able to learn, grow and thrive, HERE for Healthy Schools has provided educational materials for students and Lysol disinfecting supplies for educators and administrators to more than 49,000 schools across the country. This year, HERE for Healthy Schools is focused on helping to protect children, educators and parents as they make their big return to in-person learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking with TV Insider on the partnership, Gellar recalled her time on the soaps and how it changed her career and outlook, noting: “it was the training ground for the rest of my career.”

She went on to say: “I made incredible friends at that time and I learned incredible work habits, and soap operas are an intense amount of work, and I’m incredibly grateful for that time and the people that I met.  We live in a world now where my kids don’t even really know what a soap opera is, so anything I can do to continue the legacy I’m very proud of.”

So, do you remember Sarah’s time on AMC? What do you think of her thoughts on her time on the soaps? Comment below.

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‘Dynasty’ and ‘All My Children’ Co-Stars React to the Death of Michael Nader

UPDATED: Yesterday, Michael Fairman TV broke the news of the passing of Michael Nader (Ex-Dex, Dynasty and Dimitri, All My Children).  As reported, Michael died on Monday morning of an untreatable form of cancer at his home in Northern California with his wife, Jodi, and his beloved dog, Storm by his side.

Since then, several of Nader’s former Dynasty and All My Children co-stars have taken to social media with their reactions and remembrances after having learned that he has no longer with us.

From his leading ladies, Joan Collins and Susan Lucci, to Emma Samms and John James, Eva LaRue, Finola Hughes, Maxwell Caufield, Vincent Irizarry and more, so many are taking a moment to share their grief and outpouring of love for Michael.

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Here are what several of Nader’s former co-stars and colleagues shared below:

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children):”MICHAEL NADER—so handsome, so talented—so wonderful and beloved as All My Children’s DIMITRI MARICK—and a great love of “Erica Kane”. I am so lucky to have played opposite Michael—playing some of the most romantic scenes ever—dancing in palaces in Budapest, our gorgeous Greek Orthodox wedding, complete with crowns. Michael was a doll to work with and to know.  RIP, Michael💙💙💙🙏🙏🙏”

Joan Collins (Ex-Alexis, Dynasty): “Very sad to hear of the death of my onscreen husband and lover #michaelnader aka #dexdexter – I loved working with him and his character was a wonderful mixture of tough and tender. #alexis was crazy to keep on rejecting him! #rip #ripmichaelnader”

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Emma Samms (Ex-Fallon, Dynasty): “Incredibly sad news about Michael Nader. What a blessing it was to have had his participation and support for our Dynasty Reunion fundraiser back in March. Thinking of his wife Jodi and sending condolences to all of his many fans.”

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John James (Ex-Jeff, Dynasty): “I’m so sad to hear, that my dear friend Michael Nader passed away. We shared some great laughs together and I will miss miss you buddy. Sending prayers to the family.”

Finola Hughes (Ex-Alex, All My Children): “Oh #michaelnader sweet man. I worked with him so briefly, but he cared about his craft and his fellow actors. Sending much love and condolences to his family ❤️”

Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, All My Children): “So heartbreaking to hear about the passing of Michael Nader! The sweetest man, with the best stories and the funniest out takes! Thank you for the endless belly laughs around that Wildwind dining table at #AMC ! You will be remembered with so much Love!😢♥️ All my prayers and sympathy to his family🙏🏼♥️ Rest peacefully sweet man♥️”

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Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie, All My Children): “Michael was always a joy to work with, and one of the funniest human beings I ever met. I feel so blessed to have crossed his path and been able to watch him work his magic. I know he felt the love and appreciation of his colleagues and I’m grateful our discussions were always deep or kind. #RIP #michaelnader Photo by @stevenbergman29 💕 (note his book and bookmark! Only Michael would carry it on the res carpet. 😂)”

Maxwell Caufield (Ex-Miles, Dynasty): “That #MichaelNader in the arena many seasons with both @Joancollinsdbe and #SusanLucci – quel hombre.”

Dondre T. Whitfield (Ex-Terrence, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “Wow. Haven’t seen him in years. So sad to see the Brother. He was very mice to me during my “Pine Valley” time. RIP Nader.”

Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “OMG, my heart is breaking!!! Loved dear Michael, working opposite him in both “Pine Valley” and in Jackie Collins’ ‘Lucky Chances’. So so sad to hear of his passing. Yes @evalarue, the sweetest man, and ABSOLUTELY the funniest outtakes…”

Sean Kanan: (Ex-AJ, GH, Deacon, B&B) “I was so sorry to hear that Michael Nader passed away. He and I played father and son in Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster. We spent some time together and he was a very authentic person. My sincerest condolences to his family. RIP Michael.”

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