Phil Carey, who played business mogul Asa Buchanan on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live from 1980 to 2007, died Friday after a struggle with lung cancer, says the network. Carey took a short medical leave from the show after his cancer diagnosis in 2006, and his character died in his sleep on the episode that aired Aug. 16, 2007. The following day, Asa Buchanan’s funeral aired on the show’s 10,000th episode.
A World War II and Korean War veteran, Carey got his first feature-film role in the 1951 John Wayne movie Operation Pacific, and he worked steadily in movies and television for the following 30 years until he was cast on One Life to Live. Carey is survived by his wife Colleen, their two children, Shannon and Sean, and his three children Lisa, Linda and Jeff from a previous marriage.