Actor Adan Canto, of ‘X-Men’ and ‘Designated Survivor,’ Dies at 42

Actor Adan Canto, of 'X-Men' and 'Designated Survivor,' Dies at 42Adan Canto, the versatile Mexican singer and actor known for his roles in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Agent Game,” and TV series like “Designated Survivor” and “The Cleaning Lady,” has passed away at the age of 42. His publicist, Jennifer Allen, revealed that Canto had been privately battling appendiceal cancer.

Canto, born in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, and raised in Texas, began his career as a singer-songwriter in Mexico City at the age of 16. He later transitioned to acting, making his TV debut in the 2009 Mexican series “Estado de Gracia” and his American debut in Kevin Williamson’s 2013 Fox drama series, “The Following.”

His notable roles included 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.” Canto also starred in Halle Berry’s directorial debut, “Bruised,” and “Agent Game.” Additionally, he directed short films in 2014 and 2020.

At the time of his death, Canto was portraying Armand Morales on Fox’s “The Cleaning Lady,” currently filming its third season. Despite his illness preventing his participation, he had hoped to rejoin the production later in the season.

Known for his broad smile and boisterous laugh, Canto was remembered by friends for his sensitivity and humility, qualities that contrasted with his leading man appearance. Kiefer Sutherland, who worked with Canto on “Designated Survivor,” paid tribute on Instagram, expressing heartbreak over the loss and praising Canto’s impressive dedication to his craft.

Adan Canto is survived by his wife, Stephanie Ann Canto, and their two children, Roman Alder, 3, and Eve Josephine, 18 months. His wife shared a poignant message on her Instagram account, saying, “Forever my treasure Adan, see you soon.”