Clint Ritchie, best known for his work as cowboy Clint Buchanan on One Life to Live, has died after a brief illness, according to the actor's website. He was 70.
Ritchie died Saturday in Roseville, Calif., and details were not released. He retired in 1998 from the role he had played more than 20 years on the ABC soap, but he also made occasional guest appearances up until 2004.
"We are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend Clint Ritchie," the show's executive producer Frank Valentini said in a statement."He will always have a special place in our hearts and One Life to Live's legacy. 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."
Erika Slezak, who played Ritchie's on-screen wife, Viki, offered similar condolences on her website. "I was incredibly sad to learn that my colleague and friend, Clint Ritchie, passed away on January 31," she said. "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.
Ritchie also starred in TV westerns during 1950s and '60s and films, including The St. Valentine Day's Massacre, Patton, and A Force of One.
Ritchie, who never married or had children, lived on Happy Horse Ranch in Grass Valley, Calif., near Sacramento.