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The Buchanan family is a long-running family of fictional characters on One Life to Live. An ensemble originally inspired by the Ewings of the popular primetime soap opera, Dallas,[1][2] the family appears on the serial continually from September 1979 through the series finale in January 2012. The Buchanan family, however, is set to be revived on the new online OLTL.


  • Only current spouses are listed or those who were married when they died
  • Characters who appear in the final original television episodes of OLTL or subsequent continuation appear in bold
  • Notable children who are stillborn or die before proper character development are italicized


  • Jasper Buchanan - Buck's father, Asa's great-grandfather
  • Buck Buchanan - Asa's grandfather
  • Dorothy "Blaize" Pardee Buchanan - Asa's grandmother

First generation[]

From left standing: Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan and Clint Ritchie as Clint Buchanan, and Philip Carey as Asa Buchanan, 1980

  • Asa Buchanan (born October 31, 1924; died August 16, 2007)
    • Olympia Bonard
    • Renée Divine
  • Pike Buchanan (deceased)
    • Rebecca Buchanan
  • Jeannie Buchanan Garretson (deceased)
    • Miguel Garretson (deceased)
  • Wanda Webb[3]
    • Vince Wolek
  • Paul Webb[3] (deceased)
    • Donna Webb

Second generation[]

  • Clint Buchanan (born March 9, 1945 revised to 1948)
  • Bo Buchanan (born April 18, 1948 revised to 1950)
  • Ben Davidson (born March 27, 1961; died May 27, 2004)
  • Austin Buchanan (deceased)
  • Rafe Garretson
  • Jason Webb[3]

Third generation[]

Fourth generation[]

Fifth generation[]


Clint Buchanan arrives in Llanview, Pennsylvania in September 1979, soon followed by his brother Bo in November and their father Asa in December 1979. Clint marries central heroine Victoria Lord Riley in 1982, cementing the family's prominence in the series.

Clint adopts Viki's sons Kevin and Joey Riley, and in 1986 discovers he has an adult son, Cord Roberts, with old flame Maria. Clint and Viki have a daughter of their own, Jessica, that same year. In 2001 it is revealed that Viki had been pregnant with twins, one fathered by Clint and the other by Viki's nemesis Mitch Laurence; Jessica turns out to be Mitch's daughter, and Clint and Viki's child — kidnapped at birth — is a young woman named Natalie. On January 6, 2012, Allison Perkins revealed that Jessica and Natalie are both biologically Clint's daughters.

In 1983, Bo and Becky Lee Abbott have a son they name Drew, who ultimately becomes a police officer and dies in the line of duty in 1998. In February 1999, Bo fathers a son (later named Matthew) with wife Nora, though Matthew is thought to be Sam Rappaport's biological child until 2003.

Patriarch Asa marries multiple women during his decades in Llanview, and in 1999 Viki's husband Ben Davidson turns out to be Asa's biological son. Ben is shot and slips into a coma in 2002; he eventually dies in 2004. Asa passes away on August 16, 2007,[6] and it is revealed that he had believed con-man David Vickers is his son. David is ultimately proven to be Bo's biological child in 2009.

In 2010, it is revealed that Rex Balsom, the man who was raised with Natalie by Roxy Balsom, is actually Clint's son with Echo DiSavoy, who was conceived after an affair in 1983.

Minor character roles[]

Drew Buchanan[]

Buchanan Family
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The Buchanan Men of One Life to Live 2.0
One Life to Live
Place(s) of Origin Texas
Species Human
Duration 1979-present
Drew Buchanan
One Life to Live
Portrayed by Keith Bogart (1988–89)
Victor Browne (1996–97)
Sam Ball (1998)
(and infant child actors)
Duration 1983–85, 1988–89, 1996–98
First appearance September 23, 1983
Last appearance September 16, 1998
Created by John William Corrington
Joyce Hooper Corrington
Introduced by Jean Arley
Family Buchanan
Gender Male
Occupation Officer for the Llanview Police Department
Parents Bo Buchanan
Becky Lee Hunt
Siblings David Vickers Buchanan
Matthew Buchanan
Grandparents Asa Buchanan
Olympia Buchanan
Aunts and uncles Clint Buchanan
Ben Davidson
First cousins Cord Roberts
Natalie Buchanan
Rex Balsom
Kevin Buchanan (adoptive)
Joey Buchanan (adoptive)
Jessica Buchanan

Main article: Drew Buchanan

Drew Buchanan is the son of Bo Buchanan and Becky Lee Abbott (née Hunt), conceived during a one-night stand between the two when Bo cheated on his then-fiancée Delilah Ralston. Upon the realization of her pregnancy with Drew, Becky Lee accepts the marriage proposal of Delilah's brother, Drew Ralston, to legitimize the pregnancy. The morning of Becky and Drew's wedding, Drew Ralston is killed. Asa Buchanan, assuming the child to be the illegitimate child of his son Bo, offered to marry Becky Lee to give the child the surname "Buchanan." The child is born to Becky Lee Buchanan on the episode first-run September 23, 1983, and Becky Lee later leaves Llanview with new husband Jesse Wilde and infant Drew Buchanan in tow in 1985. A SORAS-ed, teenaged Drew returns to Llanview in 1988 for the funeral of Bo's then-wife and his stepmother, Didi O'Neill, leaving shortly thereafter in 1989. Drew returns as the bitter estranged son of Bo in 1996, influenced by his mother's torrid feelings toward the Buchanan family. A charming and troubled young man, he engages in romantic liaisons with some women in Llanview before leaving again in 1997. In 1998, a reformed Drew, freshly graduated from the police academy, returns to Llanview to repair his broken relationship with his father, and is hired by Bo as an officer for the Llanview Police Department. Months later, he is shot in the line of duty. Template:-

Drew Buchanan II[]

Mia-Bella Knight (January 13, 2012)

Drew David Buchanan II is the son of Matthew Buchanan and Destiny Evans, born on January 13, 2012 at the Buchanan mansion. He was named after his deceased uncle, Drew and other uncle David. Dr. Vivian Wright delivers him with Matthew and Destiny's families surrounding them.

Duke Buchanan[]

Duke Buchanan
One Life to Live
Portrayed by Matthew Metzger (2004–06)
(and infant child actors)
Duration 1992–94, 2004–06
First appearance June 29, 1992
Last appearance May 15, 2006
Created by Josh Griffith
Michael Malone
Introduced by Linda Gottlieb
Family Lord
Buchanan (adoptive)
Occupation Executive for Buchanan Enterprises
Parents Kevin Buchanan
LeeAnn Demerest
Romances Adriana Cramer
Ginger Foley
Kelly Cramer
Children Zane Buchanan
Grandparents Joe Riley
Victoria Lord
Clint Buchanan (adoptive)
Duann Demerest
Aunts and uncles Megan Gordon
Cord Roberts (adoptive)
Joey Buchanan
Jessica Buchanan
Natalie Buchanan
Rex Balsom
Megan Craig Riley
First cousins C. J. Roberts
Sarah Roberts
Megan Rappaport
Shane Balsom
Bree Brennan
Chloe Brennan
Ryder Ford
Liam McBain

Adam and Connor O'Brien (1992)[7]
David and Michael DeFranco (December 1993 – January 1994)[7]
Matthew Metzger (August 23, 2004 – May 22, 2006)[7]

Demerest "Duke" Buchanan is the son of Kevin Buchanan and LeeAnn Demerest. On the rebound from a failed romance with Stephanie Hobart, Kevin becomes involved with LeeAnn. They sleep together and LeeAnn becomes pregnant; Kevin finds out in 1992, and he and LeeAnn elope. Their son Duke is born in 1992, but their marriage crumbles over her closeness with Jason Webb. Kevin and LeeAnn divorce, and at one point in the fierce custody battle LeeAnn insists Duke is Max Holden's son. LeeAnn ultimately leaves town for Texas with Duke in 1993.

In 2004, Kevin is married to Kelly Cramer; they become involved in a messy divorce and an even messier custody battle over their son Ace. Somewhat bitter over Kevin's lack of participation in his life so far, an adult Duke comes to town to attend business school and sides with Kelly, even testifying for her in court. Kevin and Kelly's marriage completely collapses when Kevin discovers that Kelly had miscarried their biological child, adopted another baby illegally, and passed him off as theirs; Ace turns out to have been stolen from his biological mother, and a devastated Kevin and Kelly return him.

Meanwhile, Duke has begun a relationship with Adriana Cramer; her mother Dorian Lord has hated the Buchanans for decades and despises the match. But when Adriana breaks up with Duke over her increasing feelings for Rex Balsom, Duke turns to alcohol and admits to Kelly that he has fallen in love with her. She convinces him that his feelings are not real, and they part. Later on in the St. James Church rectory, Duke again comes across Kelly, distraught from a horrible argument with Kevin. Their emotions get the best of them and they have sex, but a tornado hits and they are buried under debris. Critically injured, Duke and Kelly are rushed to Llanview Hospital, where a shortage of surgeons puts Kevin in the impossible position of choosing who will be operated on first. He chooses Kelly, whom he is told by the doctors is in more desperate need. Kevin is devastated when Duke dies on May 15, 2006 before he can be brought into surgery.

Initially blaming Kelly for Duke's death, Kevin goes off the deep end when he learns that Kelly is pregnant with Duke's child. Having both had fertility issues in the past, Kevin and Kelly begin to view the pregnancy as a blessing, and are brought closer together. Kevin is by Kelly's side when Duke's son Zane is born on October 31, 2006. Kelly accepts Kevin's invitation to accompany him to London, where they can start over and raise Zane together. Template:-

Buchanan Enterprises[]

Buchanan Enterprises, founded by billionaire Asa Buchanan, is a multinational, family-owned corporation with offices worldwide. After visiting in Llanview in 1979, Texas-born Asa moves the headquarters of his company to Llanview in 1980 to stay close to sons Clint and Bo. As ruthless in business as he is devoted to his family, Asa's machinations (and attempts to both protect and control his family members) drive much of the drama in the series over the next two decades.In 1997, Clint's son Cord Roberts leaves Llanview for the London office of Buchanan Enterprises, and in 1998 Clint follows him. Clint returns to Llanview for good in 2005, and his adopted son Kevin later succeeds him in London in late 2006. Clint's daughter Natalie joins the company in 2007 after a failed attempt to become a police forensics investigator. Natalie's sister Jessica as well soon joins B.E. to fund her husband Nash's vineyard. Asa remained at B.E.'s helm until his death in August 2007 in which his son Clint succeed him as CEO. Asa's will forces his heirs[8] to work together as board members for the company to earn their inheritance. The usually-upstanding Clint finds himself using the underhanded tactics of his father to fend off the multiple takeover attempts of Asa's business rivals. Fueled by a desire for personal revenge against Clint, Dr. Dorian Lord plots a secret, hostile take-over of the company, which succeeds at the Buchanan Enterprises shareholder meeting on June 3, 2008.[9] Dorian renames the company Cramer Enterprises. In October 2008, District Attorney and Clint's love interest, Nora Hanen, manages to finesse Dorian into signing controlling interest of the company back to the Buchanan family in exchange for dropping potential attempted murder charges. The company is re-christened Buchanan Enterprises or BE.

In December 2008, the Buchanans gather for a video message from Asa. A year prior, Asa had stipulated in his will that the family had one year to fulfill a challenge in order to receive their inheritance: work together as a family to raise the price of BE stocks. If they succeeded, they would be rich, if they failed...they would not receive a cent. Due to the takeover commandeered by Dorian and the near collapse of the US economy, BE shares have declined. As punishment, the Buchanan inheritance is left to Asa's long-lost son, David Vickers.[10] David learns of his true parentage,[11] and soon claims what is his.[12] However, a DNA test confirms that David is instead Bo's son,[13] rendering Asa's original will null and void.

On episode first-run June 28, 2011 in order for Clint Buchanan to get a heart transplant and live, he was forced to give his estranged son Rex Balsom Buchanan Enterprises. In return, Clint would get Rex's fiances, Gigi Morasco's heart. All existing shares, funds and properties were signed over to Rex Balsom. On the October 21 episode of that year, Rex Balsom returned all of the Buchanan holdings to its rightful owner Clint Buchanan.


  • Lone Star Records - Record Label started and run by Bo Buchanan in the 1980s. It was sold to rapper Snoop Dogg in 2008.
  • Cobb Industries - A company owned by rival Warren Cobb, but was bought out by B.E. in the 2008.
  • Webster International - A company owned by Virgil Webster another rival of Asa Buchanan, but was bought out by B.E. in 2008.
  • Brennan Winery - Owned by Nash Brennan, agreed to Jared's terms to sell the winery to B.E.


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  • Clint Buchanan - (Majority Shareholder; Chairman of the Board and CEO)
  • Bo Buchanan - (Senior member of the Board of Directors; and former Head of Buchanan Enterprises Security
  • Cord Roberts - ( President of Buchanan Enterprises offices in London; Member of the Board of Directors)
  • Kevin Buchanan - (In charge of Buchanan Enterprises offices in London; Member of the Board of Directors)
  • Joey Buchanan - (In charge of Buchanan Enterprises offices in London; Member of the Board of Directors)
  • Rex Balsom - (Member of the Board of Directors)
  • Natalie Buchanan Banks - (Member of the Board of Directors)
  • Jessica Buchanan Brennan - (Member of the Board of Directors)
  • Sarah Roberts - (Member of the Board of Directors)

Former employees[]


Jasper Buchanan [deceased]

              • m. Samantha Vernon (married/her death; 1984)
                • c. Sammi Garretson (born 1985 revised 1979)
              • m. Delila Ralston (married; 1987–present)


  1. Terry Ann Knopf. "DAYTIME TV: MONEY AND POWER ON THE SOAPS", 1 February 1981. Retrieved on 12 July 2012. 
  2. Scotty Gore (9 February 2009). Clint Ritchie Dies, 'One Life' Mourns. SoapOpera Network. Retrieved on 13 July 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 About OLTL: The Webb Family Tree. Soap Central. Retrieved on 2012-05-22.
  4. The "1968 storyline" that begins in July 2008 establishes that Maria is newly-pregnant with Cord in 1968, originally Cord was stated to be 25 in 1986, when he first came to town, making his birth year 1961.
  5. Joey was 16 in 1992, making his birth year 1976
  6. One Life to Live recap (8/16/07) -
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Duke Buchanan profile -
  8. After Asa's death, the Buchanan Enterprises Board consists of sons Clint and Bo, grandchildren Cord, Kevin, Joey, Jessica, Natalie and Sarah, and Asa's initially unnamed "secret son." Jared Banks poses as this heir, who is actually David Vickers.
  9. One Life to Live recap (6/3/08) -
  10. One Life to Live recap (12/29/08) -
  11. One Life to Live recap (2/13/09) -
  12. One Life to Live recap (2/18/09) -
  13. One Life to Live recap (2/25/09) -
  14. Clint was 16 in 1961 when Cord was born.
  15. Cord is stated to be 25 in 1986 when he first comes to Llanview.
  16. Rex would've been born originally in June 1984 because Echo left town in October 1983 pregnant. Because he was 17 years old when Shane is born in 1998, his and Gigi's birth year would be 1980.
  17. Shane celebrates his 10th birthday in May 2008.
  18. Bo stated he was 20 years old in 1968 when he slept with Emma Bradley and conceived David.

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