David Vickers

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David Vickers
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One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Tuc Watkins
Duration 1994–96, 2001–13
First appearance May 1994 (May 1994)
Created by Michael Malone
Introduced by
All My Children
Classification Final ,regular
Other names
  • David Bradley Truman (birth name)
  • David Vickers (common name until 2009)
  • David Vickeroshi
  • Actor (2009–)
  • Reporter for The Banner (2010–11)
  • Con artist (pre-2010)
Residence La Boulaie, 56 Lincoln Street,
Llanview, Pennsylvania

David Vickers Buchanan (born Truman; formerly Vickers) is a fictional character from the American soap opera One Life to Live, portrayed by Tuc Watkins.

Appearances and reception[edit]

David was originated in 1994 by Watkins, who played the character until 1996[2][3] and then reprised the role briefly in October 2001 and January 2002.[4][5] Watkins returned from August 2003 through November 2006 and then for a five-month run starting March 6, 2007.[3] He reappeared again near the end of May 2007 and left July 26, 2007, returning temporarily in November 2007.[4] Watkins came back from May 7 to August 6, 2008 for another short-term run,[4][5] and Soap Opera Digest subsequently named David their "Most Entertaining Male Character" of 2008, noting that "Time and time again, David's harebrained schemes and Tuc Watkins's side-splitting performances provide amusement we're always sorry to see end."[6] Watkins returned again from December 26, 2008[5][7][8][9] though March 2, 2009,[10] later reappearing on April 7, 2009[11] and on April 22,[12] April 23,[13] and April 27, 2009.[14] Watkins returns again on August 10, 2009,[15] February 2010, April 2010, and June 2010. Watkins reprised the role continually from late 2010 through the original television finale episode aired January 12, 2012, and reprised the role when new daily episodes of OLTL debuted on Hulu, iTunes, and FX Canada via The Online Network April 29, 2013.[16][17] Watkins also appeared on All My Children for several episodes in 2005.

Character history[edit]

In 2007, David spends time in prison for a crime he did not commit. Asa Buchanan had agreed to pay him $10 million to murder Spencer Truman. When Truman was murdered by Lindsay Rappapport, David pleaded guilty in order to receive the payoff.

While David is in prison, Jessica Buchanan Vega is in need of a liver transplant. Dorian visits David and asks him to get tested to see if he is a match. He is not interested in helping Jessica, but takes the test anyway.

David is angry when Detective John McBain fights to get him out of jail because he will not receive payment from Asa. McBain feels certain that David did not commit murder. David is released, but has no money and no home. It seems no one in Llanview will let him move in with him. Viki Davidson, however, agrees to let him move into Llanfair when she sees how jealous and angry it makes Dorian. Viki and David pretend to be lovers in order to further annoy Dorian. In the process, they become good friends.

Jessica's body rejects a transplant from her husband, Antonio Vega. It is revealed that David is a match. David does not want to donate part of his liver, but is willing to do it for a fee. He tells Clint Buchanan that he will agree to the surgery for $10 million. Clint takes the deal and states that he will not tell Viki about the bribe.

Viki is grateful to David for saving her daughter. She brings David a new computer as a thank-you gift while visiting him in the hospital. When she finds out that he was paid for the deed, she is angry and storms out of the room. David is sad to lose his best friend and soon signs the money back over to Clint. Viki forgives him.

In November 2007, Vickers is being stalked at Dreamland, a pricey rehab facility on an unnamed tropical island, by Alex Olanov. At the funeral of Asa Buchanan in August, Olanov overheard Nigel tell Max Holden that David is Asa's biological son. Olanov also learns that David is at the resort not as a client/patient, but is working there as a towelboy/waiter. Alex pretends to be there to treat her addiction to sex (aggravated when her wealthy ex-husband died), but cons the broke Vickers into marrying him to help her "cure" her "addiction. Smelling a fun ride through the money Alex received from her dead ex-husband, David quickly agrees to marry Alex. Olanov gets David to sign a pre-nup, which gives him half of her earnings and her half of his earnings in a divorce. Thinking he's completely broke, David eagerly signs the document. Olanov and Vickers then fly to Texas, where Clint Buchanan, Nora Buchanan, Remaiden name Divine Buchanan, Jessica Buchanan, Nash Brennan, Natalie Buchanan, Jared Banks, Nigel Bartholomew-Smythe and Matthew Buchanan have all gone for the reading of Asa's will. David is at this point still in the dark about his new family and inheritance. David and Alex run into Dorian at the airport on their way to Texas. At the ranch—when Dorian misinterprets a kiss between Clint and Nora, she and David wind up having sex (which Clint discovers the next morning). After Alex discovers that Asa left Vickers no money in the will, she dumps David.

On May 7, 2008, David is revealed to be an employee at the Bon Jour Café in Paris, Texas, working as a dishwasher. Escaping the watchful eyes of Llanview, Jared and Natalie Buchanan — who now knows Jared is not her uncle, and has fallen into an affair with him — arrive at the Bon Jour. Overhearing their secret, David follows them back to Llanview and blackmails them. As they plan to reveal their ruse to the family rather than pay David, Dorian reveals the secret as part of her takeover of Buchanan Enterprises. Jared is arrested, but Natalie secures his freedom by offering her father Clint his real brother's identity in exchange for dropping the charges. Clint and his brother Bo Buchanan reluctantly agree to her terms on June 18, 2008, and are shocked (and suspicious) at the news that David is their brother. Meanwhile, David marries Dorian's sister Addie Cramer to secure his financial future but reluctantly divorces her in exchange for Dorian saving Viki's life after a car crash. He tries to continue his relationship with Addie as leverage to force Dorian into relinquishing the renamed Cramer Enterprises back to Clint. However, Addie dumps David, as both marriage and divorce were part of an eccentric "to do list" that Addie had created after being released from St. Ann's sanitarium.[6]

David reappears on December 26, 2008,[7][8][9] calling himself "David Vickeroshi" and having "found peace" and renounced all worldly possessions as a Buddhist monk.[18] Meanwhile, a codicil of Asa's will is executed based on his heirs' failure to raise the Buchanan Enterprises stock price, and the entire estate is left to David — if Asa's lawyer Beaver Calhoun can find him.[19] Dorian learns of David's paternity and pending inheritance,[20] and plots to marry him or gain his power-of-attorney before he learns the truth himself. They marry on February 9, 2009.[21] With David's paternity revealed publicly, Dorian manages to convince David to shed his Buddhist ways and take his inheritance; the couple soon throw the rest of the Buchanans out of Asa's mansion out of spite for withholding the secret. However, on February 25, 2009 a new paternity test determines that David is actually Bo's son, as Bo had slept with Emma once in 1968 (indirectly caused by Rex Balsom, who represented Bo when he was trapped in the past).[22][23] After talking to Viki about what would truly make him happy, David decides to pursue his dream of an acting career in Los Angeles.[10] Dorian chooses to stay in Llanview to seek her revenge against Clint, and David leaves town on March 2, 2009.[10]

David returned to Llanview in August 2009 after his acting career fails. His teenage half-brother Matthew Buchanan, crippled in an accident, is suing his parents Nora Hanen and Bo for the right to proceed with a dangerous surgery that can cure him. David is revealed to be the one paying for Matthew's legal fees, and later helps Matthew escape from the British boarding school where Bo and Nora have sent him to thwart the legal decision against them. David bonds with Bo but remains in London, later helping Kelly Cramer in February 2010. In an attempt to protect the family, David returns to Llanview once again on April 2, 2010 and blackmails Clint Buchanan's new wife Kimberly Andrews into leaving Llanview. He reappears on June 3, 2010 for Bo and Nora's remarriage. He begins hanging around Viki again much to the chagrin of her husband, Charlie Banks. Meanwhile, Viki offers him a fashion job at The Banner because Charlie and Dorian are working very closely together on another project. Charlie and Viki come up with a plan to help David and Dorian realize they still love each other.

On August 17, 2010 Dorian and David admit their love for one another and make love. David "proposes" and Dorian accepts. On August 18 Dorian and David and Eli and Blair plan on having a double wedding, but that plan was thwarted by Clint who kidnapped David and, by letter, made Dorian believe that David had left her again.

David is eventually rescued from his prison cell and is soon reunited with his father and Rex Balsom, who is now his cousin. Upon his return he and Dorian reunite after he saves her from the clutches of Cutter Wentworth, a gold-digging con-artist who was trying to seduce Dorian for her money. Dorian and David then remarry for the third time. He also is cast in a film based on his life and has Dorian's daughter Langston Wilde write the script for it, while her ex-boyfriend, Markko Rivera, is set to direct it, leading to the pair's romantic reconciliation. David returned from Hollywood, California in June 2011 with Dorian, only to be arguing with each other when Dorian accuses David of having an affair with his co-star Ionia Masters, who plays his onscreen version of his wife Dorian in the big screen biopic "Vicker Man". David and Dorian are both unaware that Echo DiSavoy is paying Ionia to seduce David away from Dorian to avenge her for helping Viki to ruin her affair with Viki's ex-husband Charlie Banks, although David is suspicious that someone is setting him up to ruin his marriage. David accuses Clint at first, but Dorian reminds him that Clint's health problems at the time are preventing him from performing these type of machinations towards them. When David later has a conversation with Viki talking to her about all the people he known in his life who would hold a grudge against him, Viki eventually figures out that Echo was the person who was sabotaging his marriage to Dorian. David and Viki later goes to Dorian's La Boulaie estate to tell Dorian the truth, but they both discover that Dorian has vanished from her home. Viki tries to calm David down after his wife's disappearance. Dorian eventually reunites with David at the police station after she was kidnapped by Echo and held hostage at the Minute Man Motel, and was rescued by her seven-year-old grand nephew Sam Manning while he was wearing a Spider-Man mask! David and Dorian then go back home to the La Boulaie estate where they make love to each other. David and Dorian later attend the premiere of their movie "Vicker Man" at the Palace Hotel, where Dorian gets into a confrontation with Ionia because they are wearing identical dresses. David helps break up the fight between them when David has the movie's director Markko send Ionia home in a cab. David and Dorian's movie premiere is unfortunately upstaged by porn producer Rick Powers, when he switches the "Vicker Man" movie with his porno flick "Hold The Diploma", which stars local Llanview teenagers Nate Salinger and Deanna Forbes. David and Dorian both later learn that Rick put the "Vicker Man" movie on the internet.

In August 2011, David's agent offered him a role in a big blockbuster movie project that was going to be filmed in Stockholm, Sweden that David gladly accepted. David then told Dorian about the movie role, and wanted Dorian to move with him to Sweden when he does his movie. Dorian then tells David that she can't go to Sweden with him because she got a call to become a senator in Washington D.C. because the previous senator was involved in a sexting scandal. David wanted to put his acting career on hold to be with Dorian in Washington D.C. while she's senator. Dorian said that David couldn't do that because he would get bored with her being a senator's husband, and that he would cheat on her with another woman. David and Dorian both mutually agree to balance their marriage with their own busy careers, with David going to Sweden to film his movie for three months, while coming back to Washington D.C. on Election Night to be there to support Dorian to win the senatoral election. David then says good-bye to his family and Dorian before he leaves to go do his movie in Sweden. He also says good-bye to his best friend, Viki, after seeing her and Dorian trapped in her mayoral office. David returned to Llanview one last time on January 12, 2012 to visit Bo, Nora, and Matthew when he tells them that his latest movie that he filmed in Sweden, "The Boy with The Chipmunk Tattoo", bombed at the box office, and to convince Matthew to be there for the birth of his child with Destiny before he went back to Washington D.C. to tell Dorian the bad news about his second unsuccessful film.


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  13. ^ One Life to Live recap (4/27/09) - Soaps.com
  14. ^ One Life to Live recap (8/10/09) - Soaps.com
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  19. ^ One Life to Live recap (1/7/09) - Soaps.com
  20. ^ One Life to Live recap (2/9/09) - Soaps.com
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  22. ^ One Life to Live recap (2/25/09) - Soaps.com

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