This week would have been the 83rd birthday of ALL MY CHILDREN legend David Canary (Adam/Stuart), who sadly passed away in 2015. And in the days leading up to Canary’s Aug. 25 birthday, AMC alum Jacob Young (JR) took to Instagram to pay tribute to the daytime icon who played his TV father for over a decade.
“I love this candid behind-the-scenes photo of my hero, my friend, and yes, David Canary was like a father,” Young wrote in his moving post. “I sure do miss him and our lovely talks. I used to walk and get lunch with David every day I worked for nearly a year. I think he thought, ‘What’s with this kid?’ I just loved being around him because David inspired me.”
Young, who went on to play THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL‘s young business exec Rick Forrester after his 2003-’11 run on AMC, not only treasured Canary’s insight as a friend but appreciated the legendary actor’s work ethic. “As you can see, David is looking through his lines,” Young explained about the photo he posted. “One of the many things I admired about David is that he never settled. He always strived to make every scene that much better, motivating everyone around him to raise the bar.”
The throwback picture also served to remind Young exactly how much time had passed since he taped this particular scene with Rory and Declan McTigue, the twin brothers who played Little A — the character was later renamed AJ and aged for the Prospect Park reboot. “In this photo, I’m talking to either Rory or Declan,” Young pointed out. “These boys are the sweetest! I just found out they graduated high school! Wow!”
Before signing off, Young invited his followers to share their favorite memories of AMC, and those who commented didn’t disappoint! There were stories of watching the beloved soap with grandmothers, being named after iconic Pine Valley characters, and lots of love shared for Canary. If you would like to add in your own AMC memory, you can visit Young’s Instagram post here.