Asa Buchanan
Phil Carey as Asa Buchanan
One Life to Live
Portrayed by Phil Carey
First appearance 1980
Last appearance December 2008
Cause/reason Asa appeared in his videotaped will.
Created by Gordon Russell and Sam Hall
Born October 31,1924
Died August 16th, 2007
Age 82 (at death)
Occupation Founder of Buchanan Enterprises
former shareholder in The Sun
Siblings Pike Buchanan
Jeannie Buchanan (deceased)
Spouses See article
Romances Renee Divine (pre-1968)
Patricia Holden (pre-1968)
Emma Bradley (c. 1968)
Mimi King (1980s, broken engagement)
Dorian Lord (flirted, 1990s)
Children Clint Buchanan
Bo Buchanan
Ben Davidson
Grandchildren Cord Roberts
Kevin Buchanan (adoptive)
Joey Buchanan (adoptive)
Jessica Buchanan
Natalie Buchanan
David Vickers
Drew Buchanan (deceased)
Matthew Buchanan
Grandparents Buck Buchanan (deceased)
Blaize Pardee (deceased)
Jasper Buchanan (great-grandfather; deceased)
Nieces and nephews Rafe Garretson (nephew)
Austin Buchanan (nephew; deceased)

Asa Jeb Stuart Buchanan is a fictional character and patriarch of the Buchanan family on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live. The Texan industrialist father of newly-arrived characters Clint and Bo Buchanan, Asa was originated in late 1979 by Phil Carey. Carey portrayed the role continually for nearly three decades, through to his final pre-taped appearance in 2008. Throughout those years, Asa's ruthless business dealings and attempts to both protect and control his family members drive much of the drama in the series.


The patriarch of the Buchanan family, Asa is a self-made billionaire (having purchased his first oil well at age 22) and Chief Executive Officer of Buchanan Enterprises (casually called "B.E." by the family). Born on October 31, 1924 and raised in Texas, Buchanan moves the headquarters of his company to Llanview in 1980 to stay close to his sons. Thought dead by her sons, Asa's first wife Olympia had actually been banished to Europe by Asa after having an affair. Living in Paris as Nicole Bonard, Olympia (Taina Elg) sees Bo but is snatched by Asa and held captive before she can reveal herself. In June 1981 Asa marries the much-younger Samantha Vernon. An escaped Olympia dons a costume and mask identical to Samantha's and reveals herself at the Buchanan Ball.

In 1986, Tina Lord discovers that Asa has been leading a double life for years; on the tropical island of Malakeva, he is known as Jeb Stuart, and has been "married" to a woman named Pamela for a decade. Tina tells Pamela that her "husband" is not a sea captain, as she believes, but actually a millionaire with a family in Llanview. Noting that Asa and Pamela's marriage is not legal, Tina convinces Pamela to pretend she is dying to manipulate Asa into marrying her for real. He does on January 20, 1986, and Pamela springs from her "deathbed" and confronts her husband. Arriving in Llanview to live as "Mrs. Asa Buchanan," Pamela is at first a thorn in his side. As Asa realizes he wants her to be his wife in every sense of the word, she demands a divorce — and half of his fortune. Their marriage ends in 1987.

In 1999, it is revealed that Asa's on-again off-again wife Renée Divine had conceived a son by Asa when they had been involved in their youth, and had put the boy up for adoption. Max Holden poses as the missing heir, but Asa and Renee's real son turns out to be Ben Davidson, adopted brother of Sam Rappaport and love interest of Asa's former daughter-in-law Viki Lord Carpenter.

In October 2006, David Vickers finds out that Asa once had an affair with David's mother, Emma Bradley, but Asa denies it. Later, David's brother Dr. Spencer Truman claims to be Asa's son, but a DNA test proves otherwise. A conversation between Asa and his longtime butler Nigel Bartholomew-Smythe hints that there is more to the story.

On August 16, 2007, Asa dies in his sleep and is found by Nigel. Grandsons Cord Roberts, Kevin Buchanan, and Joey Buchanan, and ex-wife Alex Olanov, return for his funeral. On August 17, 2007 Nigel tells a returned Max Holden that Asa does indeed have another son: David Vickers. Max advises Nigel to wait to tell the rest of the family, and an eavesdropping Alex overhears. She begins a search for David herself.

Asa's will is executed in November 2007 as a video is played featuring the Buchanan patriarch. He bequeaths his mansion to former daughter-in-law Nora Hanen, who has been living there with her and Bo's son Matthew since her house burned down; he also leaves his yacht, the Jeb Stuart, and his tropical island, St. Blaize's, to loyal servant Nigel. Asa also notes the existence of his other son, though not his identity, and finally states that he will not be splitting Buchanan Enterprises amongst his heirs and taking the chance that the company will be split up or partially sold. He instead challenges the family to run it as a cohesive team and, if the company's stock rises, be rewarded handsomely in a year. Alex appears, married to an in-the-dark David, and blackmails Nigel with the facts of David's parentage. Not wanting the Buchanans to discover that con man David is one of them, Nigel gives his inheritance to Alex in exchange for her silence. Meanwhile, Buchanan Enterprises up-and-comer Jared Banks; an admirer of Asa's who is already a favorite of widow Renee and circling Natalie Buchanan romantically; overhears Alex's news and pressures Nigel to pass him off as Asa's heir instead. Nigel does, and Jared feigns disinterest, armed with a lock of David's hair to prove his claim.

The many wives of Asa BuchananEdit

Asa is one of the most married male characters in daytime television, having been married 14 times to 10 different women (although three marriages were technically invalid). Because Asa had faked Olympia Buchanan's death, his marriage to Samantha Vernon is proven invalid when Olympia reveals herself as alive in 1981 at their reception. In a struggle, she falls over the upper railing and is killed; Samantha then makes the decision not to stay with Asa. Similarly, Asa's previous "marriage" to Pamela Oliver is invalid because he had wed her as "Jeb Stuart" and had been still legally married to Olympia.

  1. Olympia Bonard (pre-1968–81, dissolved by her death)
  2. Pamela Oliver Stuart (1976, invalid)
  3. Samantha Vernon (June 24, 1981, invalid)
  4. Delila Ralston (February 7, 1983–1983, divorced)
  5. Becky Lee Hunt (July 11, 1983–83, divorced)
  6. Pamela Oliver Stuart (January 20, 1986–87, divorced)
  7. Renée Divine (November 30, 1988–92, divorced)
  8. Blair Cramer (June 16, 1992–92, divorced)
  9. Alex Olanov (November 1994, invalid)
  10. Alex Olanov (March 29, 1996–96, divorced)
  11. Renée Divine (May 18, 1999–2001, divorced)
  12. Gabrielle Medina (May 2001–February 2002, divorced)
  13. Gretel Rae Cummings (August 2002–February 2003, divorced)
  14. Renée Divine (February 14, 2004–August 16, 2007, dissolved by his death)
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