Ryan O'Neal

Actor, Amateur boxer, Stuntman
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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/20/1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (52)

Knight of Cups 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bones 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hero Dog Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual TV Land Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Farrah's Story 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Match 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

JKX: The Brad Gluckman Special 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Malibu's Most Wanted 2003 (Movie)

Bill Gluckman (Actor)

People I Know 2003 (Movie)

Cary Launer (Actor)

Epoch 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gentleman Bandit 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Coming Soon 2000 (Movie)

Dick (Actor)

Mia Farrow: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The List (Moonstone Entertainment) 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Burn, Hollywood, Burn 1998 (Movie)

James Edmunds (Actor)

Zero Effect 1998 (Movie)

Gregory Stark (Actor)

Faithful 1996 (Movie)

Jack O'Donnell (Actor)

Hacks 1996 (Movie)

Dr Appelfield (Actor)

1775 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Sports 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Chances Are 1989 (Movie)

Philip Train (Actor)

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Liza Minnelli in Sam Found Out: A Triple Play 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Tough Guys Don't Dance 1987 (Movie)

Tim Madden (Actor)

Fever Pitch 1985 (Movie)

Steve Taggart (Actor)

Irreconcilable Differences 1984 (Movie)

Albert Brodsky (Actor)

Green Ice 1981 (Movie)

Joseph Wiley (Actor)

Partners 1981 (Movie)

Detective Sergeant Benson (Actor)

So Fine 1981 (Movie)

Bobby Fine (Actor)

The Main Event 1979 (Movie)

Eddie "Kid Natural" Scanlon (Actor)

Oliver's Story 1978 (Movie)

Oliver Barrett (Actor)

The Driver 1978 (Movie)

Driver (Actor)

A Bridge Too Far 1976 (Movie)

Brigadier General James M Gavin (Actor)

Nickelodeon 1976 (Movie)

Leo Harrigan (Actor)

Barry Lyndon 1975 (Movie)

Barry Lyndon (Actor)

Paper Moon 1973 (Movie)

Moses Pray (Actor)

The Thief Who Came to Dinner 1972 (Movie)

Webster (Actor)

What's Up Doc? 1972 (Movie)

Howard Bannister (Actor)

Love, Hate, Love 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Search 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Story 1970 (Movie)

Oliver Barrett IV (Actor)

Wild Rovers 1970 (Movie)

Frank Post (Actor)

Peyton Place 1964 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Bounce 1969 (Movie)

Jack Ryan (Actor)

The Games 1969 (Movie)

Scott Reynolds (Actor)

Bull (TV Show)

Actor

Small Sacrifices (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Upstairs (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Juanita Brown Actor

Companion
Romantically linked in the 1970s No longer together

Joan Collins Actor

Companion

Farrah Fawcett Actor

Companion
Together on and off from 1979 until Fawcett's death from cancer in June 2009 O'Neal was at her side throughout her battle with cancer and revealed that he and Fawcett planned to marry, shortly before her death Mother of O'Neal's son Redmond

Joanna Moore Actor

Wife
Married April 3, 1963 Divorced in February 1967 Died Nov. 22, 1997 of lung cancer

Patrick O'Neal

Son
Born Sept. 14, 1967; mother, Leigh Taylor-Young

Tatum O'Neal Actor

Daughter
Born Nov. 5, 1963; mother, Joanna Moore Co-starred in "Paper Moon" (1973), which won Tatum an Academy Award Appeared together on the OWN series "Ryan & Tatum: The O'Neals" (2011)

Charles O'Neal Screenwriter

Father
Born Jan. 6, 1904; adapted his 1949 novel Three Wishes for Jamie McRuin for the short-lived 1952 musical "Three Wishes for Jamie" Died Sept. 1, 1996

Patricia O'Neal Actor

Mother

Griffin O'Neal Actor

Father
Born Oct. 28, 1964; mother, Joanna Moore

Redmond O'Neal Production Assistant

Son
Born Jan. 30, 1985; mother, Farrah Fawcett

Kevin O'Neal Actor

Brother
Born March 26, 1945 Appeared together in films "Love Story" (1970) and "What's Up, Doc?" (1972)

Leslie Stefanson Actor

Companion
Dated in the late 1990s No longer together

Barbra Streisand Actor

Companion
Dated in the 1970s Appeared together in "What's Up, Doc?" (1972) and "The Main Event" (1979) No longer together

Leigh Taylor-Young Actor

Wife
Co-starred on "Peyton Place" (ABC) Married Feb. 28, 1967 Divorced March 13, 1974

EDUCATION

US Army High School

University High School

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2011

Co-starred with daughter on the documentary series "Ryan & Tatum: The O'Neals" (OWN); also executive produced

2006

Landed recurring role on the Fox series "Bones" as Max Keenan

2005

Guest starred on an episode of "Desperate Housewives" (ABC) as Lynette Scavo's (Felicity Huffman) father-in-law

2003

Cast as Alicia Silverstone's father Jerry Fox on the NBC series "Miss Match"

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"

2000

Featured in the independent romantic comedy "Coming Soon"

2000

Cast in a recurring role in the TNT series "Bull"

1998

Co-starred with Bill Pullman in Jake Kasdan's debut feature "Zero Effect"

1996

First film in seven years, played Cher's cheating spouse in "Faithful"

1992

Starred with Katharine Hepburn in the Lifetime movie "The Man Upstairs"

1991

Returned to series TV on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Good Sports"; also co-starred Farrah Fawcett

1989

Acted opposite real life love Farrah Fawcett in the ABC TV-movie "Small Sacrifices"

1989

Last film released for seven years, "Chances Are"

1987

Starred in Norman Mailer's "Tough Guys Don't Dance"

1985

Played a compulsive gambler in "Fever Pitch"

1984

Starred alongside Shelley Long and Drew Barrymore in the comedy "Irreconcilable Differences"

1982

Played a police detective posing with John Hurt as a gay couple in the comedy feature "Partners"

1981

Second collaboration with Streisand, the boxing comedy "The Main Event"

1978

Reprised Oscar-nominated role for the sequel "Oliver's Story"

1977

Featured in Richard Attenborough's World War II epic "A Bridge Too Far"

1975

Played the title role in Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon"

1973

Starred opposite daughter Tatum in Peter Bogdanovich's feature "Paper Moon"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor

1972

First screen teaming with Barbra Streisand, "What's Up, Doc?"

1969

Breakthrough film appearance, starring opposite Ali MacGraw in the romantic drama "Love Story"; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Actor

1968

Feature film debut, "The Big Bounce"

1964

Gained popularity as Rodney Harrington on the ABC series "Peyton Place"

1962

Made TV series debut as a regular on "Empire" (NBC)

1959

Was a stunt performer on the German TV series "Tales of the Vikings"

1956

Competed as an amateur boxer, winning the Los Angeles Golden Gloves in 1956 and 1957

Bonus Trivia

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

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On Feb. 3, 2007, O'Neal was arrested for allegedly assaulting his son Griffin in Malibu, CA. The elder O'Neal was arrested and accused of assault with a deadly weapon and negligent discharge of a firearm. He was released on a $50,000 bond. O'Neal's manager Neil Hassman claimed the actor was defending himself after his son began "wildly swinging a fireplace poker." Griffin's pregnant girlfriend was slightly injured in the incident. Prosecutors decided against filing charges against O'Neal.

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On Sept. 17, 2008, O'Neal and son Redmond O'Neal were arrested on suspicion of narcotics possession after a probation search at the actor's Malibu home. Deputies found Redmond, 24, in possession of methamphetamine while a vial of the drug was found in his father's bedroom. On Jan. 9, 2009, O'Neal pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge for the September 2008 arrest and was ordered into an 18-month drug diversion program.

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On April 13, 2012, O'Neal disclosed that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer.

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