Clint Ricthie (August 9, 1938 – January 31, 2009)
Clinton Charles Augustus Ritchie was born near Grafton, North Dakota and is best known as Clinton “Clint” Buchanon, husband of Victoria “Viki” Lord on the ABc soap opera One Life to Live, a role he originated in 1979. He stayed on the soap full-time until 1998. He reprised his role in 1999, 2003 and 2004. On May 10, 1993, Ritchie was critically injured on his California ranch when his John Deere tractor upended, knocking to the ground and rolled over him, the actor was able to hear his own ribs cracking. He survived and was able to return to OLTL set. Erika Slezak, who played Viki, fought to not have his role recast by another actor. The show’s producers complied and Clint was written off having his recovering him from a airplane crash while Ritchie recuperated.
Ritchie retired from acting in December 1998 because the show had changed his character too much for his liking during a 1992 Viki-Clint-Sloan love triangle storyline. His retirement forced Clint to be recast though the actor did return for short stints. Ritchie retired to his ranch. In late January 2009, Ricthie has surgery to implant a pacemaker. Though successful, a blood clot traveled to his brain, causing a major stroke. He died a few days later, on January 31 at age 70. Fellow OLTL Phil Carey, who played Clint’s father Asa Buchanon, died six days after Ritchie, of lung cancer at the age of 83. Ritchie never married nor had any children.