Feb 29, 2024
Adan Canto

Adan Canto, Renowned for Designated Survivor and X-Men, Passes Away at 42 Following Battle with Cancer

Mexican actor Adan Canto, acclaimed for his roles in US TV series like Designated Survivor and movies including X-Men: Days of Future Past, has succumbed to appendiceal cancer at the age of 42.

Notably, Canto portrayed the national security adviser in Designated Survivor alongside Kiefer Sutherland, who fondly remembered the actor as “such a wonderful spirit.”

In the 2014 X-Men film, Canto depicted mutant Sunspot, and co-star Halle Berry later cast him in her movie Bruised. Berry expressed her grief on Instagram, stating, “I don’t have the words just yet… but my dear sweet friend Adan just gained his wings. Forever, forever in my heart.”

Canto’s wife Stephanie Ann shared a photo of the couple, a Bible passage, and the words: “Forever my treasure Adan, see you soon.”

In a statement, his publicist Jennifer Allen remarked, “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.”

Sutherland added in his tribute, “As an actor, his desire to do well, to be great, and then do better, was truly impressive, and he will be greatly missed. I am also heartbroken for his wife, Steph, and his two young children. Adan, may you rest in peace.”

Canto’s notable roles also include Aaron Shore in Designated Survivor and gangster Arman Morales in Fox’s The Cleaning Lady in 2022. Fox and Warner Bros Television jointly expressed their sorrow, describing him as “a wonderful actor and dear friend” and emphasizing that “this is an unfathomable loss, and we grieve alongside his wife Stephanie, their children, and loved ones.”