Adan Canto

Adan Canto (born December 5, 1981) is a Mexican-American actor and director. He is best known for his role as Sunspot in the 2014 superhero film X-Men: Days of Future Past. On television, Canto played Paul Torres on the Fox drama series The Following, and in 2015 starred as AJ Menendez in the ABC prime time series Blood & Oil. Canto played real life politician Rodrigo Lara Bonilla in acclaimed Netflix drama series Narcos. He is also well known for his role as Aaron Shore in the Netflix political drama Designated Survivor[1] starring alongside Kiefer Sutherland. Canto wrote and directed his first short film Before Tomorrow in 2014. His short film The Shot earned several festival awards for Best Narrative Short Film in 2020.

Adan Canto
Born (1981-12-05) December 5, 1981 (age 38)
OccupationActor, Director, Producer
Years active2009–present
Stephanie Ann Canto (m. 2017)

Early LifeEdit

Adan Canto was born in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila Mexico to Mexican parents Jose-Luis Narvaez, a dentist and Marlyn Canto-Narvaez a homemaker and singer. Born and raised in Mexico, Canto crossed the border daily as a child to attend an American Catholic School in Del Rio, TX. He grew up riding horses at his grandfather's ranch in Acuña where his father was a Charro. At the encouragement of his mother, Canto began performing on stage as a singer at the age of 7. He was introduced to the traditional Boleros and Mariachi music from a young age and performed in and around his home state through his teenage years.

Canto left home at the age of 16 to pursue a career as a musician. He had success as a singer/songwriter in San Antonio after collaborating with Studio M. He spent 5 years working as a musician in Mexico City where he performed as lead singer for the Jazz Band Del Canto. Canto wrote for and produced several songs for film and tv in Mexico. Canto began acting in a handful of commercials in Mexico City and was soon cast in a television series called Estado de Gracia. Canto eventually turned to the stage after being cast as a lead for the adaptation of Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother.


In 2013, Canto made his debut on American television, playing the role of Paul Torres on the Fox drama series, The Following during its first season.[2] He later was cast as Sunspot in the 2014 superhero film X-Men: Days of Future Past.[3][4] Also in 2014, Canto was regular cast member in the ABC comedy series, Mixology. He later co-starred in the Amazon pilot Hysteria,[5] and NBC's The Curse of the Fuentes Women.[6] In 2015, Canto was cast as AJ Menendez in ABC prime time series, Blood & Oil.[7][8] He later had the recurring role in Fox drama series, Second Chance, and guest-starred on ShondaLand's The Catch. In 2016, Canto was cast in the ABC political drama series, Designated Survivor, playing White House Deputy Chief of Staff, and later Chief of Staff Aaron Shore opposite Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, and Maggie Q.[9] The show was renewed by Netflix for a third season which was released on June 7, 2019.[10]

In 2019, Canto was cast opposite Halle Berry in her highly anticipated directorial debut film Bruised.

Canto started his production company Canto House Pictures in 2013 and directed his first short film Before Tomorrow in 2014. Canto's most recent short film The Shot, a period drama set in 1844 Texas, earned several festival awards for Best Narrative Short Film in 2020. Canto is currently developing projects for film and TV through his production company based in Los Angeles, CA.

Adan Canto on the set of The Shot in Dripping Springs, TX.

Personal lifeEdit

Canto met sculptor/painter Stephanie Lindquist[11] in 2012 while filming The Following in Brooklyn, NY.

Their first artistic collaboration was the short film Before Tomorrow in 2014.[12]

The two married in June of 2017. They continue to collaborate on film and television projects and currently reside in the Hollywood Hills. They are expecting their first child in April 2020.



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Te Presento a Laura Manuel
2010 Sin Memoria Coco
2011 Amar no es querer Mauro
2012 Al Ras Adan Short film
2014 Before Tomorrow Joseph Director, Writer
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Sunspot
2014 Almost Thirty Sid
2017 Amanda & Jack Go Glamping Nate
TBA Shookum Hills Post-production
TBA 2 Hearts Jorge Post-production
TBA The Shot Director, Producer
TBA Bruised Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Estado de Gracia Leon
2010 Los Minondo Episode: "El enfrentamiento"
2013 The Following Paul Torres 10 episodes
2014 Mixology Dominic 13 episodes
2014 Hysteria Matt Sanchez Pilot
2015 The Curse of the Fuentes Women Salvador Pilot
2015 Narcos Minister Lara Episode: "The Men of Always"
2015 Blood & Oil AJ Menendez 9 episodes
2016 Second Chance Connor Graff 5 episodes
2016 The Catch Jeffery Bloom Episode: "The Real Killer"
2016–2019 Designated Survivor Aaron Shore Main Role


  1. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "'Designated Survivor': Adan Canto Joins Kiefer Sutherland ABC Drama - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Adan Canto". Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Adan Canto Joins The X-Men - Movie News - Empire". Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  4. ^ "The Following's Adan Canto Joins 'The X-Men'". Vibe. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  5. ^ "'Mixology' Star Lands Lead in Amazon's 'Hysteria' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  6. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister. "'The Curse of the Fuentes Women': Adan Canto Cast In NBC Drama Pilot - Variety". Variety. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Adan Canto Boards ABC's 'Blood and Oil' as Series Regular (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  8. ^ Rebecca Iannucci. "'Blood & Oil': Adan Canto Replacing Yani Gellman as Series Regular - TVLine". TVLine. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  9. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "'Designated Survivor': Shore's character recently left the White House. Adan Canto Joins Kiefer Sutherland ABC Drama - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  10. ^ Nellie, Andreeva; Petski, Denise (October 18, 2018). "'Designated Survivor': Anthony Edwards & Julie White Cast In Season 3 On Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  11. ^ "Stephanie Ann Canto". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  12. ^ Ben Kaplan. "Cover Story: Adan Canto". Post City Toronto. Retrieved 28 September 2017.

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