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In this image released by ABC, actor Clint Ritchie, who played Clint Buchanan on the ABC daytime series, "One Live to Live," is shown. Ritchie, the real-life cowboy and veteran actor best known for originating the role of patriarch Clint Buchanan on the ABC daytime soap opera "One Life to Live," died following a brief illness Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, in Roseville, Calif., said longtime friend Janie Hickok Siess. He was 70. (AP Photo/ABC, Robert Milazzo)

Clint Ritchie, 70, Grafton native who became 'One Live to Live' soap actor, dies

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Clint Ritchie, the tall, handsome actor who played Clint Buchanan for two decades on the ABC soap opera "One Life to Live," died Saturday in Roseville, Calif., after a brief illness, network spokeswoman Lauri Hogan said. He was 70 and lived on a horse ranch in nearby Grass Valley, Calif.

Ritchie was born Aug. 9, 1938, and grew up on a farm near Grafton, N.D. His family moved to Washington State when he was 7. He moved to California as a teenager and later took acting classes.

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