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Also Known As: Charles Patrick Ryan O'Neal Died:
Born: April 20, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, amateur boxer, stuntman, lifeguard

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Though one of the biggest screen actors of the 1970s, Ryan O'Neal saw his career crumble in later decades under the weight of arrests, drug addiction and estrangement from his own children. After playing Rodney Harrington on the popular primetime soap, "Peyton Place" (ABC, 1964-69), O'Neal broke through with an Oscar-nominated turn in the classic tearjerker, "Love Story" (1970). From there, he starred opposite Barbra Streisand in the screwball comedy "What's Up, Doc?" (1972) and was cast by Stanley Kubrick in "Barry Lyndon" (1975). But it was his turn opposite his daughter, a young Tatum O'Neal, in Peter Bogdanovich's "Paper Moon" (1973) that solidified his stardom. But following "Nickelodeon" (1976), "A Bridge Too Far" (1977) and "The Main Event" (1979), his career began to fade, despite a high-profile romance with sex symbol Farrah Fawcett. Though he would star in "Irreconcilable Differences" (1984) and "Tough Guys Don't Dance" (1987), O'Neal saw his workload decline in the 1990s. Not helping matters was being the patriarch of a sadly dysfunctional show business family. In later years, he endured accusations of abuse from his famous children, who themselves made headlines with their addictions,...

Though one of the biggest screen actors of the 1970s, Ryan O'Neal saw his career crumble in later decades under the weight of arrests, drug addiction and estrangement from his own children. After playing Rodney Harrington on the popular primetime soap, "Peyton Place" (ABC, 1964-69), O'Neal broke through with an Oscar-nominated turn in the classic tearjerker, "Love Story" (1970). From there, he starred opposite Barbra Streisand in the screwball comedy "What's Up, Doc?" (1972) and was cast by Stanley Kubrick in "Barry Lyndon" (1975). But it was his turn opposite his daughter, a young Tatum O'Neal, in Peter Bogdanovich's "Paper Moon" (1973) that solidified his stardom. But following "Nickelodeon" (1976), "A Bridge Too Far" (1977) and "The Main Event" (1979), his career began to fade, despite a high-profile romance with sex symbol Farrah Fawcett. Though he would star in "Irreconcilable Differences" (1984) and "Tough Guys Don't Dance" (1987), O'Neal saw his workload decline in the 1990s. Not helping matters was being the patriarch of a sadly dysfunctional show business family. In later years, he endured accusations of abuse from his famous children, who themselves made headlines with their addictions, criminal behavior, and suicide attempts. O'Neal survived cancer in 2006, and stood by Fawcett's battle with the disease until her death in 2009. He earned public sympathy throughout her ordeal, but moviegoers was still left to wonder if he would ever be able to recapture the leading man magic he once possessed.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Knight of Cups (2014)
2.
 People I Know (2003) Cary Launer
3.
 Malibu's Most Wanted (2003) Bill Gluckman
4.
5.
 Epoch (2001) Ryan Lysander
6.
 LIST, THE (2000)
7.
 Coming Soon (1999) Dick
8.
 Zero Effect (1998) Gregory Stark
9.
 Burn, Hollywood, Burn (1997) James Edmunds
10.
 Hacks (1997) Dr Appelfield
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1956:
Competed as an amateur boxer, winning the Los Angeles Golden Gloves in 1956 and 1957
1959:
Was a stunt performer on the German TV series "Tales of the Vikings"
1962:
Made TV series debut as a regular on "Empire" (NBC)
1964:
Gained popularity as Rodney Harrington on the ABC series "Peyton Place"
1969:
Feature film debut, "The Big Bounce"
1970:
Breakthrough film appearance, starring opposite Ali MacGraw in the romantic drama "Love Story"; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Actor
1972:
First screen teaming with Barbra Streisand, "What's Up, Doc?"
1973:
Starred opposite daughter Tatum in Peter Bogdanovich's feature "Paper Moon"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor
1975:
Played the title role in Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon"
1977:
Featured in Richard Attenborough's World War II epic "A Bridge Too Far"
1978:
Reprised Oscar-nominated role for the sequel "Oliver's Story"
1981:
Second collaboration with Streisand, the boxing comedy "The Main Event"
1982:
Played a police detective posing with John Hurt as a gay couple in the comedy feature "Partners"
1984:
Starred alongside Shelley Long and Drew Barrymore in the comedy "Irreconcilable Differences"
1985:
Played a compulsive gambler in "Fever Pitch"
1987:
Starred in Norman Mailer's "Tough Guys Don't Dance"
1989:
Acted opposite real life love Farrah Fawcett in the ABC TV-movie "Small Sacrifices"
1989:
Last film released for seven years, "Chances Are"
1991:
Returned to series TV on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Good Sports"; also co-starred Farrah Fawcett
1992:
Starred with Katharine Hepburn in the Lifetime movie "The Man Upstairs"
1996:
First film in seven years, played Cher's cheating spouse in "Faithful"
1998:
Co-starred with Bill Pullman in Jake Kasdan's debut feature "Zero Effect"
2000:
Featured in the independent romantic comedy "Coming Soon"
2000:
Cast in a recurring role in the TNT series "Bull"
2003:
Played the parents (with Bo Derek) to Jamie Kennedy's character in "Malibu's Most Wanted"
2003:
Portrayed a movie star in the feature "People I Know"
2003:
Cast as Alicia Silverstone's father Jerry Fox on the NBC series "Miss Match"
2005:
Guest starred on an episode of "Desperate Housewives" (ABC) as Lynette Scavo's (Felicity Huffman) father-in-law
2006:
Landed recurring role on the Fox series "Bones" as Max Keenan
2011:
Co-starred with daughter on the documentary series "Ryan & Tatum: The O'Neals" (OWN); also executive produced
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Education

University High School: Los Angeles , California -
US Army High School: -

Notes

In May 2001, O'Neal disclosed that he was diagnosed with leukemia on his 60th birthday (April 20).

"The turnaround [in my career] was 'Barry Lyndon'. Now people say it's my best work. But I never got a good job after it. I didn't have an image ... I knew I wasn't good. I was ordinary. I developed up to a point, and then ... I stopped trying, I nearly gave up. I'd made a lot of money in the early 1970s and I'd put it all into old-age trailer parks, so I had about $20 million in real estate--I didn't need to work." --Ryan O'Neal in Vanity Fair, February 1991.

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wife:
Joanna Moore. Actor. Married in 1963; divorced in 1967; born c. 1934; died on November 22, 1997 of lung cancer.
wife:
Leigh Taylor-Young. Actor. Become romantically involved c. 1966; married in 1967; divorced c. 1972.
companion:
Juanita Brown. Actor, later agent. Linked romantically in the 1970s.
companion:
Barbra Streisand. Actor, singer. Co-starred together in "What's Up, Doc?" and "The Main Event".
companion:
Farrah Fawcett. Actor. Together from 1979 until separation in 1997.
companion:
Leslie Stefanson. Actor. Born c. 1971; dating as of February 1997.
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father:
Charles O'Neal. Novelist, screenwriter. Acted in Orson Welles' Todd summer festival 1934; died on September 1, 1996.
mother:
Patricia O'Neal. Actor.
brother:
Kevin O'Neal. Actor, screenwriter.
daughter:
Tatum O'Neal. Actor. Born on November 5, 1963; mother, Joanna Moore; formerly married to tennis pro John McEnroe.
son:
Griffin O'Neal. Actor. Born on October 28, 1964; mother, Joanna Moore.
son:
Patrick O'Neal. Actor. Mother, Leigh Taylor-Young; born September 14, 1967; has child with Rebecca DeMornay.
son:
Redmond James O'Neal. Born on January 30, 1985; mother, Farrah Fawcett.
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