Adan Canto, Renowned Actor from ‘X-Men’ and ‘Designated Survivor,’ Passes Away at 42 After Battle with Appendiceal Cancer

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LOS ANGELES — Adan Canto, the versatile Mexican singer and actor celebrated for his roles in major productions such as “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Agent Game,” and the TV series “The Cleaning Lady,” has tragically passed away at the age of 42. Publicist Jennifer Allen, in a statement to The Associated Press, revealed that Canto lost his battle to appendiceal cancer, a diagnosis he had chosen to keep private.

Canto’s publicist, Jennifer Allen, shared heartfelt words about the actor’s profound spirit, saying, “Adan had a depth of spirit that few truly knew. Those who glimpsed it were changed forever. He will be greatly missed by so many.”

Born in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, and raised in Texas, Canto embarked on his career at the tender age of 16 when he ventured to Mexico City to pursue his passion as a singer-songwriter. Transitioning into acting, he made his TV debut in the 2009 Mexican series “Estado de Gracia” and marked his American debut in Kevin Williamson’s 2013 Fox drama series “The Following,” alongside Kevin Bacon.

Canto’s memorable roles spanned various genres, including portraying Vice President-elect Aaron Shore on “Designated Survivor,” Colombian politician Rodrigo Lara Bonilla on “Narcos,” and the mutant Sunspot in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” He also starred in Halle Berry’s directorial debut, “Bruised,” as well as the thrilling film “Agent Game.”

In addition to his acting career, Canto directed his first short film in 2014 and a second in 2020, a provocative western featuring Theo Rossi.

At the time of his passing, Canto was actively starring as Armand Morales in Fox’s “The Cleaning Lady,” currently filming its third season. Despite his illness preventing his participation, Canto expressed hope of rejoining the production later in the season.

Known for his warm smile and infectious laughter, Canto’s friends acknowledged his sensitivity and humility, qualities that set him apart as a leading man.

Kiefer Sutherland, who shared the screen with Canto on “Designated Survivor,” paid tribute to the late actor on Instagram. Sutherland expressed his sorrow and admiration for Canto’s commitment to excellence as an actor, sending condolences to his wife, Stephanie Ann Canto, and their two young children, Roman Alder and Eve Josephine.

Canto’s wife shared a touching message on Instagram, writing, “Forever my treasure Adan, see you soon.”

Adan Canto leaves behind a legacy of impactful performances and a lasting imprint on the entertainment industry. The loss of this talented artist has deeply affected his colleagues, friends, and fans alike, marking the end of a brilliant career that touched the hearts of many.


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