Actor Ryan O'Neal has become a great-grandfather. The Paper Moon star, 72, posted a family photo from a Memorial Day weekend party on his Facebook.com page on Monday (27May13) and revealed to fans the family had welcomed a new member.
In the picture, O'Neal holds a baby boy on his lap and adds, "Happy Memorial Day to all. I had a great day with friends and family, including new edition (sic), baby Sidney O'Neal."
O'Neal did not specify whose child he was holding but editors at People.com claim Sidney is the grandson of the actor's son Griffin.
The screen veteran has received much public backlash for his hands-off relationship with his kids as three of his four children - Tatum, Redmond and Griffin - have struggled with drug and legal issues over the last several years.
O'Neal recently opened up about his guilt and failure as a dad during an interview with U.S. breakfast show Today earlier this month (May12), but his sports broadcaster son Patrick O'Neal disagrees - and has come forward in a bid to help repair his dad's public persona.
During an appearance on U.S. news show Access Hollywood on Wednesday (09May12), the 44 year old said, "I'm real proud of my family... I'm real proud to say that Ryan O'Neal is my father and I'm real proud of my childhood and growing up how I grew up. The perception of my father as a bad parent (is something)... I have to argue...
"I have never stepped forward (to talk about this), I am a pretty busy guy... (but) I'm not on the payroll of my father so I'm here on my own volition to support my father and tell him that I love him."
O'Neal's sons Griffin and Redmond are currently incarcerated in jail and rehab for drug-related issues, while the actor's daughter Tatum has battled drug abuse for years.
The Love Story star recently blamed the children's mothers Joanna Cook-Moore and Farrah Fawcett for their woes, but during an appearance on Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday (02May12), he accepted the full brunt of the blame.
He said, "That was unfair of me. I'll take credit for it all... I'm the father.
"I take the full responsibility for as much of it as I can. Some of this they were able to do on their own."
Earlier this week (begs30Apr12), O'Neal confessed to being a bad dad, admitting he could have done better when his kids were growing up.
During an interview on U.S. breakfast show Today on Tuesday (01May12), the actor said, "I wasn't trained."
The Love Story star is father to son Griffin and daughter Tatum from his first marriage to the late Joanna Cook Moore, while he is also dad to Patrick, with second wife Leigh Taylor-Young, and his youngest child Redmond, from his relationship with Farrah Fawcett.
Griffin, who was born in 1964, is currently serving a 16-month jail sentence for a charge of driving under the influence of drugs, while Redmond is battling substance abuse issues in court-ordered rehab, and Paper Moon actress Tatum, who has long struggled with drug addiction, sought professional help for the use of painkillers following surgery earlier this year (12).
O'Neal has endured a strained relationship with each of his kids over the years, and only reunited with Tatum in 2011 following years of estrangement.
The 71 year old, who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, accepts that he could have done better as a dad - but he insists his kids can no longer blame him for their struggles as they are all grown-ups.
When asked whether he considers himself a bad father during an interview on U.S. breakfast show Today on Tuesday (01May12), he replied, "Looks like it, doesn't it? Sure looks like it. I suppose I was. I wasn't trained.
"(But) these are not children, anymore. Griffin is 45 (sic), Tatum is 49. Who's the other one? Oh yeah. Redmond is 27. At some point they have to take hold of their own existences."
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 actor's eldest son has been locked up after he pleaded guilty to two felony counts of DUI and gun possession charges stemming from a car crash in August (11), according to EOnline.com.
O'Neal was facing a maximum sentence of four years in prison after he veered into oncoming traffic while high on drugs and hit a van, leaving the driver injured.
He missed his initial sentencing hearing last month (Jan12) because he checked himself into rehab to seek help for drinking issues.
The reality TV star appeared a day late in a San Diego courtroom after a $100,000 (£62,500) bench warrant was issued for his arrest for failing to appear at his official sentencing for a 2011 DUI and gun possession arrest.
The 47 year old, who was arrested on New Year’s Eve (31Dec11) on a misdemeanour domestic violence charge, reportedly left jail just before he was due to appear in court for sentencing - and he went to rehab instead of the courthouse.
Griffin O'Neal has already pleaded guilty to the DUI and gun possession charges, after he veered into oncoming traffic while high on drugs and hit a van in August (11).
His attorney apologised to the court for the day delay, and the judge overseeing the case agreed to continue sentencing until 3 February (12), so O'Neal could complete his self-imposed rehab stint.
The actor's son was detained by cops who were called to his house in San Diego on Saturday night to investigate reports of a disturbance.
O'Neal was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanour domestic battery and was held at the San Diego Central Jail on $10,000 (£6,250) bail.
The arrest comes just days before the 47 year old is due in court to face sentencing after pleading guilty to separate charges of DUI and possession of a firearm by a felon stemming from a car crash in August (11).
The actor's son was detained by police after his vehicle veered into oncoming traffic in San Pasqual and collided with another car.
The 47 year old initially pleaded not guilty to drink-driving charges, but he was back in court in San Diego, California on Tuesday (22Nov11) to change his plea to guilty.
He admitted a charge of driving under the influence and possession of a firearm by a felon and faces up to four years in prison.
O'Neal will be back in court for sentencing on 12 January (12).
The 46 year old veered into oncoming traffic and collided with another car as he was driving through San Diego County, California, causing head and neck injuries to the other driver.
O'Neal is facing six felony and misdemeanour charges related to the incident, reports The San Diego Union Tribune.
Deputy District Attorney Vanessa DuVall stated in court on Thursday (06Oct11) that blood tests showed O'Neal had amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana and anti-anxiety drug Xanax in his system at the time of the accident, while loaded firearms were allegedly found in his vehicle.
Defence attorney Heather Boxeth claimed O'Neal had been trying to help his half-brother, Redmond O'Neal, who had been arrested on suspicion of heroin possession and violating probation after cops allegedly found heroin in his car earlier on the same day.
Griffin was on probation for a 2007 DUI conviction when the car collision occurred. He faces 11 years and six months in prison if convicted.