‘Bonanza’: Candy Canaday Actor David Canary Explained Why He Ignored Lorne Greene’s Advice

by Joe Rutland

“Bonanza” actor David Canary found his interactions with Lorne Greene powerful, yet he remembers when he just didn’t listen to him.

Canary, who portrayed Candy Canaday on the popular NBC western, said in a 2004 interview with the Archive of American Television that Greene approached him with some advice.

“Twice while I was on the show, he came to me and suggested, gently suggested — this is in four years — suggested that I might do a part a little bit differently,” Canary said. “Change something. Both times I obviously disagreed with him and didn’t take his note.

Canary Says ‘Bonanza’ Star Greene ‘Was A Prince’

“The reason I’m telling you this is it didn’t make a bit of difference to him that I didn’t take his note,” Canary said. “This young whipper-snapper’s ignoring what Lorne Greene said. On a lot of sets, that could get you fired. But no, the man was a prince.”

Canary appeared in 93 episodes of “Bonanza” between 1967-73. He left the show in 1970 over a contract dispute, yet came back after Dan Blocker’s death in 1972. Canary remained with “Bonanza” until NBC canceled the show in 1973.

He made his other mark on television by playing twin brothers Mark and Stuart Chandler on ABC’s daytime soap opera hit “All My Children.”

Canary died on Nov. 16, 2015, from natural causes.

Seeing Show Come To An End Saddened Actor A Lot

When David Canary learned that “Bonanza” was being taken off of NBC’s schedule, he connected it to Blocker’s death.

“Oh, I felt … Well, it ended on such a down note because of Dan Blocker’s death,” Canary said. “I mean, that was, that is, synonymous with the end of the show, as far as I’m concerned. And, uh, I think that’s the actual truth. The actuality of it.”

He said that he hated to see a “really good show” leave the air. Canary admitted, though, that he was ready to try new things.

“It wasn’t that I didn’t have a job all of a sudden,” he said. “I didn’t panic and I knew they’d give me a wonderful boost to my career to start, so it wasn’t for professional reasons.

“It just felt like the death of an old friend,” he said, “which is what it was.”