Asa Buchanan (as played by Philip Carey on One Life To Live)

Useful information about Asa Buchanan

* Deceased.
* Left Renee Divine a widow.
* Resided at the Buchanan Mansion.
* Had been married thirteen times.
* Threw out his first wife Olympia for having an affair.
* Had been blackmailed into marriage more than once!
* Tried to kill Ben Davidson before learning he was his son.
* Had $30 million dollars stolen from him by mobster Carlo Hesser.
* Kidnapped and left in the middle of nowhere by Todd and Blair Manning.
* Faked his death a few times.
* Returned to Llanview as a ghost.

Who's played Asa Buchanan over the years?

Phil Carey (1979 - April 2007 - Was killed off the show off screen on August 17, 2007, later appeared as Asa's ghost on November 9, 12, and 13, 2007; July 16, 2007; on and off until December 29, 2008)
Brian Smiar (2000 temporary recast)

Past History

Arriving in Llanview in 1980, Asa Buchanan built his family business, Buchanan Enterprises, from the ground up. To his loved ones and close friends, he's a kind-hearted, good ole Texas cowboy who prides himself for his loyalty. Asa has frequently frustrated his family by meddling in their business and taking the law into his own hands.

With a long list of brides to his name, at one time or another, Asa has wronged each and every one of them! He held his first wife, Olympia, captive to ensure she wouldn't interrupt his second marriage to Samantha, faked his death thinking that his wife Delilah was having an affair with his son Bo and was even known to keep two brides at the same time! However, Asa met his match when he married Blair Cramer who left him for dead after showing signs of a heart attack and humiliated him by having an affair with Asa's archenemy Max Holden!

Along with all of his power and riches, Asa has been known to make many enemies over the years and has put himself above the law in order to stay on top! Asa has been involved in everything from putting a hit out on Carlo Hesser's life, to having Ben Davidson's medical license wrongfully revoked, to making his own family believe he'd gone crazy, died - anything - in order to get his way!

Asa's biggest challenge yet was having to face the possible truth that Spencer Truman was his long lost son after Spencer came to Llanview specifically to make Asa pay for ruining his mother's life and leaving her to raise Spencer alone. After the stress of Spencer's revenge against Asa caused him to have another heart attack, the Buchanan's demanded a DNA test, which proved that Spencer wasn't Asa's son after all, allowing Asa to breathe easy once again.

Sadly, Asa's heath kept deteriorating and the great man passed away in August 2007, but left a will full of possibilities for his family - the main goal being to have them work together to bring Buchanan Enterprises to its fullest capacity.

During the 1968 storyline in July 2008, Asa made some ghostly appearances and promised some future ones as well.

Despite all his crimes and wrongdoings, Asa successfully reigned over the Buchanan's in their entirety. However, enemies beware, Asa Buchanan was a force to be reckoned with whose vengeful streak was feared by many - even in death!

Flings and Relationships

Emma Bradley
Mimi King
Patricia Holden


Pike Buchanan (brother)
Jeannie Buchanan (sister - deceased)
Austin Buchanan (nephew - deceased)
Rafe Garretson (nephew)
Sammi Garretson (great-niece)


Clint Buchanan (son with Olympia)
Bo Buchanan (son with Olympia)
Ben Davidson (son with Renee
Cordero Roberts (grandson)
Kevin Riley Buchanan Sr. (grandson by adoption)
Joseph Buchanan (grandson by adoption)
Jessica Buchanan (granddaughter by adoption)
Natalie Buchanan (granddaughter)
Drew Buchanan (grandson deceased)
Matthew Buchanan (grandson)
Rex Balsom (grandson)
Clinton James Roberts (great-grandson)
Demerest Buchanan (great-grandson by adoption - deceased)
Kevin Riley Buchanan Jr. (great-grandson by adoption - deceased)
Sarah Victoria Roberts (great-granddaughter)
Megan Victoria Buchanan (great-granddaughter by adoption - deceased)
Brennan Buchanan (great-granddaughter by adoption)
Zane Buchanan (great-grandson by adoption)
Baby Brennan (great-granddaughter - deceased)
Shane Morasco (great-grandson)


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