David Canary, 77, a longtime soap opera actor best known for his role as twin brothers on

All My Children

, died Nov. 16 at his home in Wilton, Conn.

Mr. Canary's career spanned more than five decades, with appearances in the films Hombre and Saint Valentine's Day Massacre before he earned recurring roles on Peyton Place and Bonanza. In December 1983, he joined the cast of All My Children as twins Adam and Stuart Chandler. Playing the brothers - one evil and the other good-hearted - brought Mr. Canary his greatest fame and five Daytime Emmy Awards.

"For more than two decades David Canary defined daytime drama on ABC," the network wrote in a statement Tuesday. "Our hearts go out to his family and we mourn his passing."

Despite his popularity on the show, Mr. Canary shunned the spotlight and preferred to live quietly. "At the risk of being misunderstood, I'm a real private person," Mr. Canary said in 1993. "I don't make appearances. I don't do fan magazine interviews. My wife and our two children live in a little town in Connecticut, where most of the people don't watch the show and, if they do, don't make a big deal out of it."

In addition to on-screen roles, Mr. Canary also performed on the stage, appearing in on and off Broadway productions, according to an obituary published in the Wilton Bulletin.

- AP