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Ryan O'Neal (1941)

Patrick Ryan O'Neal

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Charles Patrick Ryan O'Neal , better known as Ryan O'Neal, is an American actor best known for his appearances in the ABC nighttime soap opera Peyton Place and for his roles in such films as Paper Moon , Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon , A Bridge Too Far , and Love Story , for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as Best Actor.


 early life
O'Neal was born on April 20, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, the eldest son of actress Patricia (née O'Callaghan) and novelist/screenwriter Charles "Blackie" O'Neal. His brother, Kevin, is an actor and screenwriter. His maternal grandfather was Irish and his maternal grandmother was a Russian Jew. O'Neal attended University High School, and trained there to become a Golden Gloves boxer. During the late 1950s, Blackie O'Neal had a job writing on a Television series called "Citizen Soldier" and moved the family to Munich, Germany, where Ryan attended Munich American High School.

  TV roles in early career
O'Neal appeared in guest roles on series that included The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Bachelor Father, Leave It to Beaver, Westinghouse Playhouse, Perry Mason and Wagon Train. In 1961, he and Leonard Nimoy guest starred in the episode "Doctor's Orders" on the syndicated western series Two Faces West. In 1962–1963, O'Neal was a regular on NBC's Empire, another modern day western. He played 21-year-old rancher's son Tal Garrett. On October 3, 1962, a week after the premiere of Empire, O'Neal guest starred in the premiere episode of the ABC's Our Man Higgins, starring Stanley Holloway. O'Neal gained enormous popularity from 1964–1969 on the hit prime time ABC soap opera Peyton Place .

  Feature film success
O'Neal's film career took off beginning with his role in Love Story , earning a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor. In 1973, he was #2 in the Annual Top Ten Box Office Stars, behind Clint Eastwood. He starred in a series of films for director Peter Bogdanovich, beginning with the screwball comedy What's Up, Doc? ; following were Paper Moon (with daughter Tatum O'Neal in an Oscar-winning role, 1973), and Nickelodeon . Other films of the 1970s included Barry Lyndon , A Bridge Too Far , Oliver's Story , and the car chase film The Driver .

 Later career
His film career faded by the end of the 1970s. He starred as a character loosely based on director Bogdanovich in Irreconcilable Differences . He returned to TV in the short-lived CBS series Good Sports , and as a recurring character on Fox's Bones (2007–).

In 2011, Ryan and his daughter, Tatum, attempted to restore their broken father/daughter relationship after 25 years. Their reunion and reconciliation process was captured in the Oprah Winfrey Network series, Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals.

 personal life
  Relationships and family
O'Neal was in a long-term relationship with the late actress Farrah Fawcett until her death.
He was previously married to actresses Joanna Cook Moore and Leigh Taylor-Young; both marriages ended in divorce. He has four children: Tatum O'Neal and Griffin O'Neal , Patrick O'Neal (with Taylor-Young) and Redmond James Fawcett O'Neal .

Ryan's youngest son, Redmond, continued his legal problems and was arrested for firearms and drug charges during a traffic stop in Santa Monica on August 2, 2011. For several years, Ryan was estranged from his elder three children, Patrick, Griffin, and Tatum. However, in 2011, Tatum reconciled her relationship with her father through a book and a television show. On August 4, Patrick O'Neal appeared with his father and Tatum for Redmond's court appearance for the firearms and drug charges arrest Redmond pleaded not-guilty to the charges.

O’Neal has eight grandchildren: three from Tatum’s marriage to tennis player John McEnroe, three from both of Griffin’s marriages, and two from Patrick’s marriage to actress Rebecca De Mornay.

In 2001 he was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia . As of 2006, it is in remission.
After struggling with leukemia, O'Neal was frequently seen at Fawcett's side when she had cancer. He opened up to People magazine saying, "It's a love story. I just don't know how to play this one. I won't know this world without her. Cancer is an insidious enemy."

On February 4, 2007, O'Neal was arrested for allegedly assaulting his son, Griffin, in Malibu, California, but the charges were dismissed.

Ryan and Redmond O'Neal were arrested on September 17, 2008, after authorities said they found methamphetamine at the actor's Malibu home during a probation check on Redmond. The elder O'Neal was ordered to participate in a drug awareness program, with Redmond to receive drug rehabilitation on an outpatient basis. Redmond was later incarcerated on separate charges, and briefly allowed to leave jail twice, once to visit his dying mother and later to speak at her funeral.

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