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Birth name Charles Patrick Ryan O'NealNationality USABirth 20 april 1941Charles Patrick Ryan O'Neal (born April 20, 1941), better known as Ryan O'Neal, is an American television and film actor.
(77 years) at Los Angeles (USA
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 Love Story (1970), for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as Best Actor, What's Up, Doc? (1972), Paper Moon (1973), Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon (1975), and A Bridge Too Far (1977). Since 2007, he has had a recurring role in the TV series Bones.
Relationships and family
O'Neal was in a long-term relationship with actress Farrah Fawcett until her death in 2009. He was previously married to actresses Joanna Moore and Leigh Taylor-Young; both marriages ended in divorce. He has four children: Tatum O'Neal and Griffin O'Neal (with Moore), Patrick O'Neal (with Taylor-Young) and Redmond James Fawcett O'Neal (born January 30, 1985, Los Angeles) with Fawcett. In her 2014 memoir, Anjelica Huston claimed that O'Neal physically abused her when they were in a relationship.
For several years, Ryan was estranged from his elder three children, Patrick, Griffin, and Tatum. However, in 2011, Tatum reconciled with her father with a book and a television show. On August 4, Ryan, Tatum and Patrick O'Neal appeared on Redmond's court appearance on firearms and drug charges.
Ryan O'Neal has nine grandchildren, three from Tatum’s marriage to tennis player John McEnroe, four from both of Griffin’s marriages, and two from Patrick’s marriage to actress Rebecca De Mornay. He is a great-grandfather by his estranged son, Griffin.
In 2001 he was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). As of 2006, it is in remission. After struggling with leukemia, O'Neal was frequently seen at Fawcett's side when she was battling cancer. He told People magazine, "It's a love story. I just don't know how to play this one. I won't know this world without her. Cancer is an insidious enemy."
In April 2012, O'Neal revealed he had been diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer. He reported that it had been detected early enough to give a prognosis of full recovery, although some doctors have questioned this prognosis.