The Love Story star revealed he had been diagnosed with stage two prostate cancer last month (Apr12), but assured fans he would bounce back from the health crisis as the disease had been "detected early" and the prognosis was "positive for a full recovery".
He was due to appear on U.S. breakfast show Today on Monday (30Apr12) to advertise his new tell-all tome about his longtime love affair with Farrah Fawcett, Both Of Us: My Life With Farrah, but O'Neal had to pull out at the last minute after falling ill.
He returned to the New York-based programme on Tuesday (01May12) and explained that he had suffered a panic attack moments before going on air on Monday - although he's unsure why.
He said, "I don't know what was wrong. Terror, perhaps? I just broke out into a terrible sweat, you wouldn't have wanted me! So I went home and went to bed, and I feel better now. They (doctors) said that's what it was (a panic attack), but I had never had one before... I'm OK now."
The 71 year old, who previously battled leukaemia, went on to confess he's yet to begin the exhaustive process to treat the cancer and try to put a stop to the spread of the disease.
When asked how he was feeling, he told host Matt Lauer, "Inundated with the disease, actually. I'm working to cure it... I've chose (sic) to go to you first, and then I'll do something about it when I go back to California."
The Love Story star's eldest son was sentenced to 16 months behind bars in February (12) following a car crash last August (11), when he was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.
But O'Neal, who last month (Apr12) announced he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, reveals he's still yet to visit Griffin, 47 - the actor's son with late actress Joanna Moore.
During an appearance on U.S. talk show The View on Tuesday (01May12), he confessed, "I don't even know what prison he's in. They don't tell me."
He did not elaborate on who was banning him from finding out where his son is being held.
But O'Neal admits he has patched up his differences with his daughter Tatum - Griffin's older sister - and she has been taking care of her sick father after overcoming her own issues at a drug rehabilitation centre earlier this year (Feb12).
He added, "Tatum is out and about and doing much better, looks wonderful and is happy. She's always happiest when I'm ill because she can mother me and fawn over me and take care of me."
O'Neal has another son, Redmond, with the late Farrah Fawcett. He is also tackling substance abuse issues in a court-ordered drug treatment programme.
The Love Story star was diagnosed with stage-two prostate cancer in early April (12), but he assured fans his prognosis was positive and he was expected to make a full recovery.
On Monday, the actor was slated to open up about his relationship with tragic lover Farrah Fawcett in a candid chat with Today show host Matt Lauer, but the heavily-promoted segment had to be postponed after the 71 year old fell sick.
Informing viewers of the schedule change, Lauer said, "We are sad to say Mr. O'Neal showed up here this morning... he was not feeling well. He has since gone back to his hotel and we are told he is cancelling all of his appearances for today. We hope he is all right, and we hope to see him tomorrow morning, here on Today."
The actor fought leukaemia in the late 1990s and he also reportedly has a skin cancer spot on his nose.
The stars fell out after the actor began dating Farrah Fawcett in the late 1970s, but reunited following her death in 2009.
They tried to tackle their issues on a reality TV show for Oprah Winfrey's OWN network, but the series was a flop and was soon axed - leaving their relationship worse off than before.
The Love Story star documents their tumultuous past in his new tell-all tome, Both Of Us: My Life With Farrah, and decided to send Tatum a copy as she attempted to beat her long-running drug problems at a treatment centre earlier this year (12).
He tells the New York Post, "I sent it. She waited a week then texted her OK. She's doesn't come off well (in the book).
"Tatum's complicated. I think she'll come out of rehab fine but, then, I thought that before."
The Charlie's Angels star was struck down with anal cancer in 2006 and O'Neal was a constant presence at her side as her condition deteriorated.
The Love Story star, who is fighting stage two prostate cancer, detailed his heartbreak over Fawcett's failing health in his diaries, which have been made into a new book, Both Of Us: My Life With Farrah, and serialised in Britain's Mail on Sunday.
In the tome, O'Neal tells how he planned to marry Fawcett in St John's Hospital, but the priest who arrived to oversee the ceremony ended up administering the last rites instead.
He writes, "After the priest leaves, I lie down next to her, wrap my body around her to keep her warm, and then take her hand. I can feel a steady pulse... I caress her hand for hours. Her heart refuses to quit.
"I'm left alone with my love. I take her hand. I can still feel her pulse, but now it is fluttering. She's trying to let go. Her heartbeat slows, then disappears. On the morning of June 25, Farrah slips into eternal sleep."
O'Neal also shares his shame over the physical altercations he and Fawcett endured during their tumultuous relationship: "Neither of us possessed the emotional discipline to say: 'Wait a minute, this isn't normal, we need help.'
"You have to remember that I'm a trained boxer... If someone is coming at me with fists flailing, my instinct is to block the blows, which is what I did with Farrah... I didn't see my behaviour as aberrant. In reality, most of the time it wasn't her I was lashing out at, it was my kids, the world, Hollywood, my agent, you name it. I'm a moody guy."
News of the Love Story star's battle with prostate cancer broke late on Friday (13Apr12) with a statement released to People.com.
It read: "Recently I was diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer. Although I was shocked and stunned by the news, I feel fortunate that it was detected early and, according to my extraordinary team of doctors, the prognosis is positive for a full recovery."
But now the 70 year old, who fought leukaemia in the late 1990s, insists he has stage two cancer - and he has it "under control".
In an exclusive taped interview with U.S. news show Nightline, the actor says, "I wasn't prepared for it. I wasn't ready for it. But you never are."
O'Neal also tells the programme he has skin cancer - a melanoma - on his nose, joking, "Welcome to Malibu (California) and the sun!"
The Love Story star, who lost girlfriend Farrah Fawcett to cancer in 2009, has revealed he is now battling the disease.
A statement released by O'Neal to People.com reads, "Recently I was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. Although I was shocked and stunned by the news, I feel fortunate that it was detected early and, according to my extraordinary team of doctors, the prognosis is positive for a full recovery.
"I am deeply grateful for the support of my friends and family during this time, and I urge everyone to get regular check-ups, as early detection is the best defense against this horrible disease that has afflicted so many."
The 70 year old is not new to health battles - he fought leukaemia in the late 1990s.
In 2011, the 70 year old teamed up with his once-estranged daughter for Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals, which they filmed for OWN, but, despite family drama, the programme failed to take off and has yet to be renewed for a second season.
He tells TMZ.com, "Nobody saw it... I don't know if Oprah saw it."
And now the Paper Moon star has taken a jab at Winfrey for failing to flesh out her passion project and see to the network's success after she recently confessed to several regrets, including launching OWN too early.
Earlier this month (Apr12), the mogul said, "Launching when we really were not ready to launch, it's like having the wedding when you know you are not ready... Had I'd known that it was this difficult, I might have done something else."
And O'Neal is now wishing he had been clued in to Winfrey's concerns before signing up for the project - because it would have saved him from humiliation.
He states, "I wish we had known that... she should have told us."
After he completed taping the reality show last year (11), the actor revealed Ryan & Tatum: The O'Neals didn't end well for father and daughter and they had not spoken for two months.
He told Access Hollywood it could have been a lot different if Winfrey had been a part of the series: "We never saw her, never spoke to her, not a note, not a line, not a word... I don't think she was even in Los Angeles (where the show was filmed). I guess she thought we'd take care of it ourselves.
"One of the reasons we did it (the show) is that Oprah has a kind of a magical touch and that, with the combination of Oprah and hope, she (Tatum) and I could manage to get past what was bothering us. But we needed her and she didn't show."
Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz heaped praise on Redmond O'Neal during a hearing on Tuesday (27Mar12), and declared he will delay sentencing on a probation violation as long as the 27 year old continues to progress.
During the hearing, O'Neal told the judge he is studying for his GED (General Educational Development Test).
Redmond was arrested last year (11) for heroin possession. He was ordered into inpatient rehab but faces up to six years behind bars if he relapses.