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Matthew Buchanan
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Eddie Alderson as Matthew Buchanan
One Life to Live
Portrayed by Steven and Nicholas Towler
Ian Chandler Sheaffer
Eddie Alderson
First appearance February 22, 1999
Created by Jill Farren Phelps
Nickname(s) Matt
Aliases Matthew Hanen Rappaport[1]
Gender Male
Born February 22, 1994 (1994-02-22) (age 28) [2]
Occupation Student at Llanview High School
Residence Buchanan Mansion

Matthew Buchanan (born Matthew Hanen Rappaport[1]) is a fictional character on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live.


The role was portrayed by child actors Steven and Nicholas Towler from 1999 to June 2000 and Ian Chandler Sheaffer from July 2000 to May 2001.[1] Best known in the part is Eddie Alderson, who assumed the role in May 2001 and was put on contract with the series in December 2008.[4][5] Alderson's real-life older sister Kristen[4] has portrayed Matthew's friend Starr Manning on the series since March 1998.[6][7]


In October 1998, Bo is devastated when his son Drew, a police officer, is killed in the line of duty.[8] Bo's wife Nora hopes to conceive a child to give Bo a reason to live; out of desperation she turns to former flame Sam Rappaport. The pregnancy pulls Bo back onto his feet, but he and Nora later divorce when Bo learns that Nora's son had been fathered by Sam. Sam dies in 2003, leaving a letter behind stating that Bo is actually Matthew's biological father.[1][9]

In May 2005, Matthew suffers the death of his former "sister" Jennifer, Sam's daughter. It is revealed that Jennifer had been murdered by Matthew's stepfather (Nora's husband) Daniel Colson in his effort to cover up the murder of Paul Cramer, who had been blackmailing Daniel. Matthew changes his name to Buchanan on June 17, 2005 as a Father's Day gift to Bo.[1] Matthew has shared a long friendship with Starr Manning, who often manages to get him tangled up in her schemes.

In 2008, high school freshman Matthew has trouble fitting in, but is helped by his mother's ward, upperclassman Cole Thornhart. Matthew befriends a feisty and intelligent girl named Destiny Evans, who cannot understand his need to be liked by the popular crowd. Early in 2009, Matthew tries impress a girl named Becca by "admitting" to his parents that he proudly smokes marijuana (which he does not). Matthew narrowly escapes being sent off to military school, and thinks everything is coming together when Becca dances with him at a school dance. When Becca and her cohort Justin humiliate Matthew publicly by attributing the dance to a dare, an upset Matthew runs out and urges Cole, whom he knows is high on drugs, to drive him away. They crash, and Matthew is permanently paralyzed from the waist down. He is devastated by the news, but does not blame Cole. A young doctor named Greg Evans (coincidentally Destiny's brother) later promises that he can help Matthew walk again by performing a tricky surgery. Afraid of the risks, Bo and Nora refuse. A furious Matthew hires ruthless lawyer Téa Delgado to sue his parents for the right to make his own decision about the surgery. Bo and Nora bond on the eve of Nora's marriage to Bo's brother Clint Buchanan, and Matthew and Destiny see them kiss. Immediately prior to the wedding, Matthew threatens to tell Clint if his parents do not yield and allow him to have the surgery. They refuse, and Matthew ultimately does not reveal the truth to Clint to spare his feelings. In court, Téa also attempts to coerce Bo and Nora using the secret of their kiss, despite Matthew's forbidding her to do so. When Téa viciously cross-examines Matthew's half-sister Rachel Gannon on the stand, Matthew fires her. Matthew wins the case and decides to proceed with the surgery.

Bo and Nora take Matthew to London so her cannot have his surgery. Matthew meets Danielle Rayburn the daughter of Tea Delgado and Todd Manning.

In Nov 2009 Matthew and Danielle run away from the school in London and fly to America so Matthew can have a surgery that might help him walk again.

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Matthew Buchanan profile - Retrieved on December 24, 2008.
  2. The character was rapidly aged in 2001 with the casting of Alderson.
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Rappaport
  4. 4.0 4.1 "One Life to Live: Eddie Alderson Lands Contract!". December 23, 2008. Retrieved December 24, 2008. 
  5. "Comings and Goings: Eddie Alderson (Matthew Buchanan)". Soap Opera Digest. January 6, 2009 (Vol. 34, No. 01). pp. 19. 
  6. Kristen Alderson profile - Retrieved on December 24, 2008.
  7. Starr Manning profile - Retrieved on December 24, 2008.
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  9. Matthew Buchanan profile - Retrieved on January 24, 2009.