‘Bonanza’: ‘Candy Canaday’ Actor David Canary Said the End of the Show was a ‘Death of an Old Friend’

by Keeli Parkey

It is said that all good things must come to an end. If you’re a television actor, you probably could change that expression to: “All good TV shows much come to an end.” This is a sentiment “Bonanza” actor David Canary would most likely share.

This popular Western television show aired from 1959 until 1973. David Canary played the character Candy Canaday in the series. As fans of the show know, Candy came to the Ponderosa and became a close friend of the Cartwrights. “Bonanza” also starred Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, and Pernell Roberts.

Canary’s run on “Bonanza” lasted from 1967 until 1973, according to IMDb.com. The actor appeared in 91 episodes of the show.

David Canary Shares Thoughts, Feelings About ‘Bonanza’

Prior to his death in November 2015 David Canary shared his thoughts about “Bonanza” during an interview with the Television Academy Foundation. The interview covered a variety of topics about the Western show. These included him talking about the costumes and some of his most memorable episodes.

When the show came to its abrupt in, its actors, including David Canary were caught off guard. He talked about this in the interview after he was asked to share his feelings about the end of “Bonanza.” And, he connects the end of the show to the untimely death of one of its main actors.

“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.”

Whatever led to the end of the show, seeing “Bonanza” come to an end was difficult for David Canary, even though he was hoping to take on other roles as an actor.

“You hate to see a really good show go off the air,” he added during the interview. “And, uh, I must admit that I was ready to try to move on. It wasn’t that I didn’t have a job all of a sudden. 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. Which is what it was,” he added.

Appearing on a Western such as “Bonanza” was somewhat in David Canary’s blood. According to IMDb.com, he was the great-great-nephew of Calamity Jane. Her given name was Martha Jane Canary.

“Bonanza” wasn’t the only famous television show David Canary acted in during his career. The actor also appeared in “Kung Fu,” “Another World,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Law and Order,” and “All My Children.”