Adán Canto dead at 42
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The entertainment world mourns the loss of Adán Canto, the Mexican-American actor and musician, who passed away on January 8 at the age of 42, after a valiant fight against appendix cancer.

Known for his captivating performances and musical prowess, Canto crafted a legacy that transcends borders and genres. He leaves behind his wife, Stephanie Ann Canto, and their two young children, Roman Alder and Eve Josephine.

A career born in Mexico

Born in 1981 in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, and raised in Texas, Canto's journey to stardom began at the tender age of 16. He ventured to Mexico City to carve a niche as a singer and guitarist, setting the stage for his multifaceted career. Canto's foray into acting saw him appearing in local commercials and TV shows, gradually building a reputation for his natural on-screen presence.

One of his biggest roles in Mexico City was a part in the theatre version of the Pedro Almodóvar movie "Todo sobre mi madre." He also composed music for commercials, TV shows and local films until he decided to try to make it in Hollywood.

A bright TV star

And he made it! Canto's breakthrough came in 2013 with a significant role in Kevin Williamson's drama series on Fox, "The Following," where he showcased his range as an actor.

This part was a stepping stone that led him to prominent roles in television. He shone brightly in "Designated Survivor," playing the charismatic Vice President-elect Aaron Shore alongside Kiefer Sutherland. His other notable TV appearances included roles in "Mixology," "Blood & Oil," and as the politician Rodrigo Lara Bonilla in the acclaimed series "Narcos," as well as in "Second Chance."

More recently, Canto captivated audiences in "The Cleaning Lady," a Fox drama series, where he played the intriguing gangster Arman Morales, alongside Élodie Yung. His role in the series was celebrated for its depth and complexity, marking a high point in his television career.

Adán Canto, the movie star and filmaker

Canto's film career was equally impressive. He is widely remembered for his portrayal of Sunspot in the blockbuster "X-Men: Days of Future Past." His filmography also includes significant roles in "2 Hearts," Halle Berry's directorial debut "Bruised," and the thriller "Agent Game."

Beyond acting, Canto was a visionary filmmaker. He directed his first short film in 2014, followed by a groundbreaking western starring Theo Rossi in 2020. These directorial ventures revealed a new facet of his artistic talent, garnering attention in the filmmaking community.

The depth of Canto's spirit was profound, as remembered by his representatives at UTA, Entertainment360, and Viewpoint. The cast of the series "The Cleaning Lady" and Fox have already honor him. His colleagues and fans alike have noted the indelible impact he had on those who knew him, both on and off the screen.

Adán Canto's departure is a profound loss to the arts. His memory and the art he created will continue to inspire and resonate with audiences around the world.

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