Sources tell Soaps.com that One Life to Live veteran Phil Carey has decided to leave the show after his contract expires in April 2007! Although the show offered Phil a new contract for a recurring role – to appear when the storyline called for him – it is said the resident Texas cowboy quickly shot the offer down in hopes of a full contract role!

Taking on the role of tycoon Asa Buchanan in 1979, Phil is a former U.S. Marine who served in World War II and the Korean War, with a large portion of his acting career consisting in motion pictures. “Operation Pacific,” his first feature film, starred John Wayne and landed Phil a long-term contract with Warner Brothers. His time at Warner’s, later at Columbia Pictures, Phil went up against many of Hollywood’s legendary actors, including Gary Cooper, Henry and Peter Fonda, Tyrone Power, Fred MacMurray and Kim Novak.

Raised in the Long Island towns of Rosedale and Malverne, Carey dreamed of being an actor all his life. He went on to study drama at the University of Miami, then landed his big break during a summer stock production of “Over 21” when a representative of Warner Brothers asked him to take the screen test, inevitably launching his film career.

Through it all, Phil has recently overcome his biggest battle with lung cancer and is said to be doing remarkable. A father of three, Phil is an accomplished horseman and loves to play golf to relax.

Soaps.com wants to wish Phil the very best! I’m sure I can speak for many fans in saying, “You – a major legend to One Life to Live – will be sadly missed!”