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    Fans Mourn Lee Patterson’s (Joe Riley) Death

    Tuesday, October 23 2007


    (Courtesy of ABC)
    Nearly eight months later, sadly, the news of former One Life to Live actor Lee Patterson (ex- Joe Riley) has been released to the soap world. The actor was said to have suffered an illness, which in turn resulted in the 77 year-old’s death on February 14, 2007.

    Since we couldn’t find any concrete documentation concerning Lee’s death, we contacted ABC Media Relations Rep. Laurie Hogan who told Soaps.com, “As far as I am aware it is true. Since he was no longer on OLTL, we did not have direct contact with him.”

    Born on March 31, 1929, Lee was best known by OLTL fans as the husband to Victoria Lord Riley (Erika Slezak), and father to her sons Kevin and Joey Riley (now Buchanan). Lee took on the role of Joe back in 1968 and appeared on and off throughout the years until 1988. Aside from an amazing resume prior to his time on One Life to Live, Lee also appeared on Another World and Texas as Dr. Kevin Cooke during the 1980’s. His last documented role was playing Sergeant Gaylor in the 1994 movie Healer.

    Soaps.com wants to express our condolences to Lee’s family. His character provided fans with much pleasure all through the years and will always be remembered amongst those who admired his talent!


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    Posted by pdames4 at Tuesday, October 23 2007 08:22 AM

    I will always remember Vicky's greatest love. I always felt a sadness whenever she'd talk about him, I always hoped they'd re-cast and bring the character back. So sad!

    Posted by vikilordriley at Wednesday, October 24 2007 12:00 AM

    rest in peace mr patterson you were and will always be missed.your talent lives on forever

    Posted by shardar at Saturday, October 27 2007 10:44 PM

    I was saddened to hear of Lee Patterson's death. He was one of my favorite actors and Joe Riley was one of my favorite characters. I'll never forget the Joe/Viki love story. May he rest in peace.

    Posted by suepie at Tuesday, November 13 2007 12:07 PM

    My heartfelt sympathy. I think one of the most memorable times were the Vicki-Joe and Vinnie story lines. I was always hoping also that he would make an appearance on a segment. RIP

    Posted by Lynnae at Tuesday, November 13 2007 01:19 PM

    I remember him very well. I do hope that some time the character Joe Riley could make a come back. {I hope I said that right!}
    He is now so very healthy and strong. He is watching all his friends on OLTL and his family.

    Posted by Lynn1955 at Tuesday, November 13 2007 01:42 PM

    I am sorry to hear of Lee Patterson's death. I enjoyed the Viki and Joe storyline. I have been watching One Life To Live for many years..My condolences to his family and all his friends on the show..

    Posted by butterfly52 at Tuesday, November 13 2007 01:47 PM

    I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Patterson. I have watch OLTL from the begining when he played opposite the first actress Gillian Spenser, who played Vikki, they had great chemistry and then with Erica Slezak. I always loved him in the character of Joe Riley and was sorry to see him depart the show. The Patterson family have my deepest sympathy.

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