What does Susan Lucci and University of Cincinnati football have in common? If you said David Canary you are right. The Six-time Emmy Award-winning actor spent his college years as a member of the Bearcats football team before embarking on a long and successful career in film, stage and television.
While football paid the way for the former Massillon Tiger, the stage and desire to study voice at the famed University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music made his choice of becoming a Bearcat and easy one.
While not on stage, Canary saw action as a two-way starter (spilt end / defensive end) during the 1957, 58, 59 seasons under Coach George Blackburn. As stated in a UC press release, Coach Blackburn called Canary "the toughest guy, pound-for-pound, that I've ever seen." High praise considering Canary played with Ron Kostelnik, Jim Leo, Max Messner and Ken Byers, all who spent time playing in the pro ranks.
Drafted by Denver in the AFL, Canary turned away from blocking and making tackles to use his talent as an actor. Better known for his roles on All My Children, Canary also saw work on the hit show Bonanza (Candy) and Peyton Place (Russ Gehring) to go along with his work on shows like Another World (television), Law & Order (television) and Touched by an Angel (television). Canary also made appearances in feature films Hombre, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre and End of a Dark Street. While television and movies have paid the bills, Canary has also spent many hours working on Broadway.
While acting has been a lifelong job, great success has followed Canary since he joined the cast of All My Children in 1983 playing Adam Chandler.
Dave Canary will be formally enshrined at the Legion of Excellence Gala on Thursday, October 13 at the Marriott Kingsgate Conference Center on the campus of UC. You may attend this event by calling the University of Cincinnati Athletic Department at (513) 556-4884 and making reservations.
David Canary will be inducted with Becky Ruehl and brings the total number of former Bearcats athletes inducted into the Hall of Fame to 141.