Sadness once again hits the One Life To Live family with the death of Phil Carey, who played the strong-willed Asa Buchanan for nearly three decades.
Carey died Friday at age 83. He had been fighting lung cancer since 2006.
Carey originated the role of the patriarch of the powerful Buchanan family in 1979 and was a regular on the show until 2007, when when failing health hastened his departure from the show, according to SOAPnet.com.
Carey most recently appeared in December in a video statement revealing David Vickers as the long lost Buchanan heir.
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Phil Carey as Asa with onscreen wife
Patricia Elliott as Renee Divine

Prior to OLTL, Carey had many credits in movies and television, including a co-starring role in the 1960’s series “Laredo,”
A former studio contract player in Hollywood in the 1950s, Carey made his film debut in a supporting role in the 1951 John Wayne war drama “Operation Pacific.”
Under contract to Warner Bros. and then to Columbia Pictures over the next several years, he appeared in films such as “I was a Communist for the FBI,” “Springfield Rifle,” “Calamity Jane,” “The Long Gray Line” and “Mister Roberts.”
Read the obituary from the Los Angeles Times.
The week before, Clint Ritchie, who played Carey’s onscreen son Clint Buchanan for 20 years, died.
It’s been a sad week for OLTL fans.

3 Responses to “Phil Carey, Asa on OLTL, Dies”

  1. Phil Carey was a terrific actor-I knew something was wrong, when he came back to the show, after a long hiatis-noticed he was in a wheelchair and he didn’t look “right”-strong and healthy as he once was..Been watching OLTL since its conception-He was one of my many favorites.
    Thoughts and prayers to the Carey family.

  2. Anne,
    It’s unbelievable to me that OLTL lost an onscreen father and son a week apart.
    I loved both characters and both actors portrayals of those characters.
    Phil Carey and Clint Ritchie will be missed.

  3. Aww I had no idea!!! My thoughts & prayers are with his family. He was a great actor & such a great part of OLTL.