David Canary as Stuart Chandler
|All My Children character|
|Portrayed by||David Canary|
|Last appearance||September 23, 2011|
|Created by||Wisner Washam|
|Introduced by||Jacqueline Babbin|
Owner of the Chandler Art Gallery
Local volunteer at the Brooke English House
|Residence||Pine Valley, Pennsylvania|
Stuart Chandler was a fictional character on American daytime drama All My Children. He was a member of the powerful and wealthy Chandler family. He was portrayed by David Canary from October 1984 to May 28, 2009, and for a brief return during the show's TV finale on September 23, 2011.
Brief character history
Stuart is the identical twin brother to wealthy businessman, Adam Chandler. Stuart's personality is the opposite of Adam's. Adam is ruthless, unethical, and domineering; Stuart is kind, generous, and honest. This is reflected in their physical appearances: Adam always wears a business suit and keeps his hair slick and neat. Stuart wears colorful cardigans with slacks and has ruffled hair. Stuart often serves as his brother's conscience, attempting to sway Adam from some of his more heartless schemes. If pressured by others, Stuart will impersonate his brother Adam, although this ruse is usually quickly undone.
Relationships and career
Stuart was an artist, who taught art classes and ran a gallery in Pine Valley.
At the time of his death, Stuart was married to Marian Colby, whose daughter, Liza, was married to Adam three times. Stuart's first wife was Joanna Yeager (played by Meg Myles), who served as Adam's assistant and who also had an affair with Adam. His second wife, Cindy Parker, died of AIDS, leaving Stuart with an adopted son, Scott Parker (now Scott Chandler).
Main role in Pine Valley
In Stuart's first appearances, Adam held Stuart against his will in the secluded West Wing of the Chandler mansion, due to misplaced anger at Palmer Cortlandt for allegedly murdering their sister, Lottie. After Stuart's release, he became a well-loved advice-giver in Pine Valley and a popular character for fans of the show.
In celebration of Adam handing down his business to Scott, Stuart abandoned his trademark sweaters and slacks and donned a suit. In a tragic twist of fate, a number of Pine Valley's residents, infuriated with Adam, arrived at the Chandler Mansion armed with handguns. On May 15, 2009, Stuart was mistaken for Adam and was shot to death by one of these people.
After being arrested, Zach Slater confessed to Stuart's murder, but Jesse Hubbard doubted his claims and soon after, Kendall Hart was arrested for his murder. Immediately following her arrest, Stuart's funeral was held and all of his friends in family were in attendance. In honor of his memory, those who were in attendance sang "High Hopes," which was Stuart's favorite song and Scott shared a conversation he had with his father just following 9/11 about the power of love. Ryan, Erica, Aidan, and Kendall think that Annie killed Stuart. D.A. Henry North before his death believed that Kendall killed Stuart.
He appears to Kendall as a ghost twice; the first to help her remember that she was the one who shot him, the second to accept her apology, saying he can now rest in peace. He forgives Kendall and disappears.
He appears as an illusion to his twin brother, Adam, who, after collapsing from exhaustion at the dance competition, asked him if he had been shot too.
On October 22, 2009, Emma Lavery has a flashback and we see that it was Adam who shot Stuart (while he was in a drugged state, he was not aware of what had happened until much later).
End of All My Children
It appears that as part of David Hayward's Project Orpheus, Stuart did not actually die in 2009. Family gathers around Stuart at the hospital in joy that he was still alive. Adam and the Chandlers subsequently throw a party to welcome Stuart home. He is last seen talking with wife Marian right about to leave the hospital.
Post-All My Children