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About Charles Patrick Ryan O'Neal
One of the hottest screen actors of the 1970s, Ryan O'Neal earned an Oscar nomination for the biggest tearjerker of the era, Love Story (1970), paired up with Barbra Streisand for a couple of classic screwball comedies, but is best remembered for his appearances in the ABC nighttime soap opera Peyton Place.
He was born Charles Patrick Ryan O'Neal 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 ajob writing on a Television series called Citizen Soldier and moved the family to Munich, Germany, where Ryan attended Munich American High School.
Before becoming an actor, O'Neal was a lifeguard and an amateur boxer who was a one-time Golden Gloves contender. In film and television, O'Neal started out as a stunt man on Tales of the Vikings, a German television series which his parents were working on at the time.
Upon his return to the States, the sandy-haired hunk found small parts in comedy series like Dobie Gillis (CBS, 1959-1963) and Westerns such as The Virginian (NBC, 1962-1971) before landing his first big break with a recurring role (in over 500 episodes!) on the early seminal soap opera, Peyton Place (ABC, 1964-69).
Following the demise of Peyton Place, O'Neal made his feature debut in The Big Bounce (1969), but did not get his big break until he was chosen from 300 auditioners to play Oliver Barrett opposite Ally McGraw in Arthur Hiller's maudlin adaptation of Erich Seagal's best-seller Love Story (1970). The film was a smash hit and landed O'Neal an Oscar nomination. Two more starring roles followed this success but it was not until he played an uptight professor who finds himself beleaguered by a free-spirited, love-struck Barbra Streisand in Peter Bogdanovich's What's Up Doc? (1972) that he rivaled the success of Love Story. It has been in light, romantic fare such as this that O'Neal has excelled.
His next popular role was that of an exasperated con man in Paper Moon, the charming comedy that netted his co-star and real-life daughter, Tatum O'Neal, an Oscar. O'Neal then played the title role in Stanley Kubrick's slow-paced epic Barry Lyndon (1975). By the late '70s, O'Neal's career had gone into decline and he had begun appearing in such dismal outings as Oliver's Story (the 1978 sequel to his first big hit) and The Main Event (1979) which reteamed him with Streisand.
The '80s were even tougher for O'Neal, even though he appeared regularly onscreen. Most of his films during that period were forgettable – with the sole exception being Irreconcilable Differences (1984). In the modest box office hit, he delivered a fine portrayal of a Hollywood director and father coping with divorce, starring opposite Shelley Long and a young Drew Barrymore.
O’Neal returned to television in 1991 for the short-lived CBS sitcom, Good Sports. Fortunately the failed series boasted one bright spot for O’Neal – working alongside his longtime lover, ‘70s icon, Farrah Fawcett, with the two playing co-anchors. For the rest of the nineties, he showed up as a wealthy pinstripe-clad business type in several TV and film roles – most memorably, the quirky independent film, Zero Effect (1998) starring Bill Pullman and then-unknown Ben Stiller. O’Neal eventually regained some credibility footing on the small screen, with recurring roles on the stock market drama Bull (TNT, 2000-01) and Alicia Silverstone’s Miss Match (NBC, 2003), as well as guest appearances on top shows, Bones (Fox, 2005- ) and Desperate Housewives (ABC, 2004- ).
Earning a reputation early on for a heavy dating schedule, O’Neal was linked with some of the hottest ladies of the big and small screen, including Mick Jagger’s former wife, Bianca Jagger, fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, Diana Ross, and co-star Barbra Streisand. His close friendship with Lee Majors (of Six Million Dollar Man (ABC, 1974-78) fame) unsurprisingly fizzled once O’Neal began dating Majors’ ex, Fawcett, in a very public relationship that would last 17 years. The two were never married but had one son, Redmond, in 1985. Prior to Fawcett, O’Neal had been married to actress Joanna Cook Moore – a troubled woman who battled drug and alcohol problems – with whom he had future famous kids, Tatum and son Griffin. He had also been married to actress Leigh Taylor-Young, with whom he had a son, Patrick, in 1967.
Charles Patrick Ryan O'Neal (born April 20, 1941), better known as Ryan O'Neal, is an American television and film actor.
O'Neal trained as an amateur boxer before beginning his career in acting in 1960. In 1964, he landed the role of Rodney Harrington on the ABC nighttime soap opera Peyton Place. The series was an instant hit and boosted O'Neal's career. He later found success in films, most notably Paper Moon (1973), Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), and Love Story (1970), for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as Best Actor. Since 2007, he has had a recurring role in the TV series Bones.
O'Neal has been married twice and has four children. His eldest child, Tatum, is an Academy Award-winning actress. He was also in a long-term relationship with actress Farrah Fawcett from 1979 to 1997, and from 2001 until her death in 2009.
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April 20, 1941
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA, USA