Adan Canto, the Mexican-American actor who went from being a successful musician in Mexico to become a leading actor in Hollywood, passed away on January 8 after a private struggle with appendiceal cancer.
Born in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, in 1981 and raised in Texas, Canto started his journey as a musician at the age of 16 in Mexico City, where he was a singer and guitarist.
Canto began his acting career with appearances in local commercials and TV shows, ultimately leading to a prominent role in Kevin Williamson’s 2013 Fox drama series, The Following.
‘Designated Survivor’ with Kiefer Sutherland gained him wide recognition, as well as roles in ‘Mixology’ and ‘Blood & Oil.’
Canto played the lead role of gangster Arman Morales opposite Élodie Yung on popular show ‘The Cleaning Lady’.
Canto took on the lead role for the first two seasons. Unfortunately, due to health reasons, he couldn’t participate in the filming of the upcoming Season 3 when production commenced in December. With plans to rejoin the cast later in the season after the SAG-AFTRA strikes concluded, the series will now honor its late star with a tribute card in the Season 3 premiere.
Canto also played the part of Minister Lara in Netflix’s Narcos
Canto marked his directorial debut with a short film in 2014, also directing a Western featuring Theo Rossi.
Canto is survived by his wife, Stephanie Ann Canto and their two young children.
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