His family and friends are reportedly shocked after he successfully has a pacemaker implanted only to die 10 hours later, quietly in his sleep.
Clint suffered a heart attack in late January and had a pacemaker implanted but developed a deadly blood clot and he died in the early hours of Jan. 31.
Clint was best known for his 20-year role as “Clinton ‘Clint’ Buchanan” on ABC’s One Life To Live.
He loved the role of “Clint Buchanan” because it allowed him to show off the real cowboy side of his character. Clint joined the cast of OLTL in 1979 and retired in 1998. He reprised his role in several encore appearances, the last in 2004. His role was eventually recast.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend Clint Ritchie. He will always have a special place in our hearts and One Life to Live’s legacy,” Frank Valentini, One Life to Live’s executive producer, said in a statement. ” With his creation of the role of Clint Buchanan, he helped to bring to life one of the most memorable families in the show’s history. The OLTL family will always hold dear the memories of the man we fondly referred to as ‘Bucky.’ Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
A true cowboy, Clint lived on his 60-acre Happy Horse Ranch in Grass Valley, Calif., near Sacramento with his horses, many dogs and cats.
He starred in several TV Westerns in the ’50s and ’60s including the 1965 pilot for The Wild, Wild West. His movie credits include: The St. Valentine Day’s Massacre, Patton, and A Force of One.
Clint never married or had children.
Tributes For Clint:
- Statement from Erika Slezak (”Viki” on “One Life to Live”): “I was incredibly sad to learn that my colleague and friend, Clint Ritchie, passed away on January 31. Clint and I worked together for nearly twenty years, and shared some wonderful stories together. Clint will be missed by me and his family here at One Life to Live.”
- Statement from Robin Strasser (”Dorian” on “One LIfe to Live”): In reference to both Clint and Phil Carey: “They were both great guys. Not easy, not uncomplicated, bigger than life. Clint, I’m sure, is with as many horses as you can possibly be surrounded by and on top of one of them, riding free. It was never simple with women but it was unconditional about horses. Their spirits are set free and I feel so lucky to have known them. I celebrate their legacy. My condolences to their near and dear. . . . Wherever [Clint] is, I hope that he’s on his favorite horse, riding free, getting togehter for a few good ones with Phil Carey.” To hear Robin’s entire message, call (212) 414-5300.
- Statement from Hillary B. Smith (”Nora” on “One Life to Life”): “I am saddened by the news of Clint Ritchie’s passing. I had the honor of working with him long after I became a die-hard fan of his work. He was a tender-hearted soul wrapped up in a tough cowboy exterior. He smiled with a naughty twinkle, would pass you in the hall with a wink and a pinch and lived his life with an uncontained passion. What a guy! Here’s to you, Clint! It is amazing to lose Clint Ritchie and Phil Carey in the same week, and yet I don’t think they would have wanted it any other way. I just hope they both end up in the same place or there will be Hell to pay . . . literally.”
- Carry On Clint Ritchie by Catherine Hickland (”Lindsay” on “One Life to Live”)
- Tuesday’s Tribute: Clint Ritchie
- Clint Ritchie and the Buchanan Years Remembered