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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 9 August 1938Grafton, North Dakota, USA
Date of Death 31 January 2009Roseville, California, USA  (blood clot)
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

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Clint Ritchie was born on August 9, 1938 in Grafton, North Dakota, USA. He was an actor, known for One Life to Live (1968), Patton (1970) and Joe Kidd (1972). He died on January 31, 2009 in Roseville, California, USA.

Trivia (11)

He was crushed and seriously injured by a tractor, May 10, 1993.
Clint's nickname is "Bucky."
One Life to Live (1968) named Clint Buchanan's Arizona ranch "Happy Horse Ranch" because that was the name of Clint Ritchie's very real California spread.
In 1980, Clint purchased his beloved "Happy Horse Ranch," situated near Grass Valley, California, in large part because it is not far from the site of the annual Tevis Cup 100 mile endurance horse race which originates in Squaw Valley and concludes in Auburn, California.
When Clint Buchanan found himself thrown back 100 years in time to Buchanan City, 1888, Clint Ritchie transported 6 of his own horses to the Old Tucson location. The white horse he was seen riding in the storyline was his own "Bunny," while "Okie Dokie" portrayed Clint Buchanan's horse, "Okie."
Clint was under contract at 20th Century Fox with Tom Selleck. In fact, it was Clint who taught Tom how to ride a horse.
When Clint auditioned for One Life to Live (1968) in 1979, his character was named "Chris Logan". After meeting and deciding to cast Clint, the casting director called and asked if he would mind if they changed the character's name to Clint. He said he didn't. Later, the character's last name was changed to Buchanan.
His family moved to Washington state when he was a child, but settled in California as a teenager.
He was off the show for several months after the tractor he was riding crashed into a tree stump on his ranch on May 10, 1993. Tossed from the vehicle and knocked to the ground, he suffered broken bones (including his ribs) and a collapsed lung when the vehicle proceeded to run over him.
He owned a ranch called Happy Horse Ranch. His character's fictional ranch was named in honor of Ritchie's real one. He lived the rest of his life alone on his 60-acre with his numerous dogs, cats and beloved horses.
In late January 2009, Ritchie had surgery to implant a pacemaker. Although the surgery was successful, a blood clot traveled to his brain, resulting in a massive stroke. He died a few days later at about 4:00 a.m. on January 31, 2009. He was 70.

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