“The Storyteller’s Creed: I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge — that myth is more potent than history. I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts — That hope always triumphs over experience — That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death. ” — Robert Fulghum
A great friend to daytime, Mr. Clint Ritchie (August 1938 – January 2009), has quietly passed away at the age of 70. His death comes shortly after a surgery to implant a pacemaker, on January 31st of this year.
OLTL fans know him best as “Clint Buchanan’, a role he originated in 1979 and continued to star in until 1998. Mr. Ritchie continued to periodically return to OLTL in the same role, through 2004. He’s also starred in a number of film and television productions, including: Marcus Welby M.D., Police Story, Batman, The Wild Wild West, Daniel Boone, The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre – among other projects.
According to the IMDB: “When Clint auditioned for “One Life to Live” in 1979, his character was named Chris Logan. After meeting and deciding to cast Clint, the casting director called and asked if he would mind if they changed the character’s name to Clint. He said he didn’t. Later, the character’s last name was changed to Buchanan.”
That’s a man who knows how to make an impression! The writers chose well to name Clint Buchanan after his portrayer, Clint Ritchie. His was the quintessential essence of an American cowboy (both on and off the screen).
Mr. Ritchie’s legacy will live on as fans remember some of One Life to Live’s greatest storylines, including the time travel storyline that sent Viki Lord, and the Buchanan boys (father Asa, as well as Asa’s son and grandson, Clint Buchanan and Cord Roberts) back more than 100 years. It was a storyline that cemented the supercouple status of the show’s star crossed lovers Clint Buchanan and Viki Lord.
Below is a tribute to our real life cowboy, a mythic man and master storyteller who fed our imaginations, who gave us hope and laughter, and whose work we loved without measure, you will be missed. Thank you for sharing your time, and your talents, with us. They were and always will be considered treasured gifts.