Thinking Fans salute Mr. Ritchie: Steve misses “the easy chemistry between Erika Slezak and Clint Ritchie” … Dale says he “brought a fresh masculine sensibility to Llanview when the town was filled with bluebloods” … and more. See Comments below.
By Marlena De Lacroix
How sad it is for One Life to Live viewers that Clint Ritchie passed away this week at age 70.
When his eponymous character Clint Buchanan galloped in from the west to take over The Llaniew Banner newspaper and later the heart of its owner, the show’s main heroine, the widow Viki Riley, he really became part of the fabric of the show and remained so for the next twenty years.
The foundation of his character was a throwback to old movie heroes like John Wayne and James Stewart — a truly good man you can depend on. A quiet hero, a true American. Clint was the strong shoulders a troubled woman like Viki needed to lean on sometimes to be able to pick up the pieces of her shattered life (most notably her DID, which exploded in the
At the end of the 90s, the actor who was not happy with the modern misunderstanding and direction of his hero character quit OLTL and rode off into the sunset.
mid-80s and in the early 90s). I always admired that the character Clint adopted her sons and always treated them as if they were his own. And I actually bought him as a newspaper editor — a member of the rare breed of men (and women) I’ve known in real life who are [Read more...]