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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 20 April 1941Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameCharles Patrick Ryan O'Neal
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ryan O'Neal was born on April 20, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Charles Patrick Ryan O'Neal. He is an actor, known for Peyton Place (1964), Barry Lyndon (1975) and Paper Moon (1973). He was previously married to Leigh Taylor-Young and Joanna Moore.

Spouse (2)

Leigh Taylor-Young (28 February 1967 - 13 March 1974) (divorced) (1 child)
Joanna Moore (3 April 1963 - 1967) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (4)

Wavy fair hair
Rugged yet boyish looks
Lean, boxer's physique
Often plays inept characters in comedies

Trivia (45)

Lived with Farrah Fawcett (1980-1997). They have a son, Redmond O'Neal.
Father of actor Patrick O'Neal from his marriage to Leigh Taylor-Young.
He was considered for the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972)
In remission in his battle with leukemia.
Was originally considered for the role of Rocky Balboa in Rocky (1976). However, "Rocky" scriptwriter Sylvester Stallone had sold the film rights on the condition that he got to play the title role, so he and not O'Neal wound up starring in the picture.
Began his career as a stand-in and stunt man.
Older brother of Kevin O'Neal.
Father, with Joanna Moore, of daughter Tatum O'Neal and son Griffin O'Neal.
Former brother-in-law of Dey Young and Lance Young.
He was a close friend of Lee Majors until a relationship blossomed between him and Majors' wife Farrah Fawcett.
He attended and graduated from Munich American High School in Munich, Germany, in 1959. His father was a Hollywood writer who was doing a stint working for the American government radio network "Radio Free Europe", which beamed programing and propaganda into Communist-controlled Eastern Europe.
As a teenager, he was a Golden Gloves boxer who compiled an amateur boxing record of 18-4 with 13 knockouts.
Former father-in-law of John McEnroe and Rebecca De Mornay.
His manager is Neil Hassman.
One of his best friends is Charlie Mattera.
5/07: Prosecutors decided not to file charges against him following a brawl with his son and allegations of assault on 2/3/07.
Was once romantically linked to Ursula Andress.
Son of actress Patricia O'Neal and author/screenwriter Charles O'Neal.
Was a Golden Gloves boxer in 1956-1957 with an 18-4 record including 13 knockouts.
His first acting job was on the German series Tales of the Vikings (1959) in 1959.
Ryan's paternal grandfather, Charles Samuel O'Neal, was born in South Carolina, and had Irish and English ancestry. Ryan's paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Maude Duffey, was born in Ireland, as was Ryan's maternal grandfather, Richard E. O'Callaghan. Ryan's maternal grandmother, Mathilde Pius, was born in New York, to a Jewish family; Mathilde's father, Gustave Pius, was from Germany, and Mathilde's mother, Rebecca/Regina Iglick, was from Schrimm (now Srem, Poland).
Was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and negligent discharge of a firearm after a fight with his son Griffin O'Neal. Griffin apparently tied his intoxicated younger brother Redmond O'Neal to a staircase in order to keep him from leaving the house to use more drugs. When Ryan returned home and saw his son tied to the staircase he became so enraged that he fired a warning shot in order to scare Griffin. [February 2007]
He and his son Redmond O'Neal were arrested on suspicion of narcotics possession. [September 2008]
Was sentenced to undergo 18 months of rehabilitation treatment after pleading guilty to drug possession in relation to his arrest in September 2008. [January 2009]
Although he and Farrah Fawcett split in 1997, they got back together in 2001 after he was diagnosed with leukemia.
Though never able to marry Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O'Neal did propose to Farrah with every intention of walking down the aisle with her. Farrah died at 9:28 AM PST on June 25, 2009 before she and O'Neal could marry.
In 1960, O'Neal served fifty-one days of a 60-day sentence for assaulting a stranger during a New Year's Eve party in Los Angeles.
1959:Won:Ryan O'Neal knocked out Frankie Lohman in 1-round in an amateur boxing match in Munich, Germany.
1957:Lost:Ryan O'Neal lost a 3-round decision to Tony Foramero in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match.(Golden Gloves Tournament:Open Division:Semi-Finals).
1957:Won:Ryan O'Neal knocked out Steven Rouse in 1-round in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match.(Golden Gloves Tournament:Open Division).
1957:Won:Ryan O'Neal won a 3-round decision over Charlie Newell in an amateur boxing match in Los Angeles, CA.(Golden Gloves Tournament:Open Division).
1957:Won:Ryan O'Neal knocked out Allen Walker in 1-round in an amateur boxing match in Los Angeles, CA.
1956:Won:Ryan O'Neal defeated Sam Roland by 1st-round foul in Hollywood, CA in an amateur boxing match.
1956:Won:Ryan O'Neal knocked out Leonard Wallace in 1-round in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match.
1956:Won:Ryan O'Neal knocked out Gene Liebert in 1-round in Los Angels, CA in an amateur boxing match.
1956:Won:Ryan O'Neal knocked out Felix Morse in 2-rounds in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match.
1956:Won:Ryan O'Neal won a 3-round decision over George Shay in Hollywood, CA in an amateur boxing match.
1956:Won:Ryan O'Neal won a 3-round decision over Edmund Dowe in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match.
1956:Won:Ryan O'Neal knocked out Vic Fellsen in 1-round in Los Angeles,CA in an amateur boxing match.
1956:Lost:Ryan O'Neal lost a 3-round decision to Dal Stewart in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match.
1956:Lost:Ryan O'Neal lost a 3-round decision to George Shay in West Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match.(Golden Glove Tournament:Novice Division).
1956:Won:Ryan O'Neal won a 3-round decision over Cecil Gray in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match.(Golden Glove Tournament:Novice Division).
1956:Lost:Ryan O'Neal lost a 3-round decision to Cecil Gray in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match.
Diagnosed with prostate cancer [April 2012].
He presented the Best Supporting Actress Oscar at the 1985 ceremony. The winner was Peggy Ashcroft for A Passage to India (1984).

Personal Quotes (7)

The only time I ever had steady employment was in Peyton Place (1964). Once I was in control of my destiny, I found it very difficult.
I'm as moody and complex and private as anyone I ever knew.
[on Barbra Streisand] The most pretentious woman the cinema has ever known.
[on Farrah Fawcett's ongoing cancer battle] 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.
I had just put the casket in the hearse and I was watching it drive away when a beautiful blonde woman comes up and embraces me. I said to her, 'You have a drink on you? You have a car?' She said, 'Daddy, it's me - Tatum!' I was just trying to be funny with a strange Swedish woman, and it's my daughter. It's so sick. [in Vanity Fair, admitting to propositioning a woman (who he was unable to recognize as his own daughter) at Farrah Fawcett's funeral]
[when asked how he would like to be remembered, 2011] He was a child to children and a man to men.
[on Love Story (1970)] I didn't worry a lot about whether I was preparing enough for the part. I'm not into study and research much. I just thought about it as a story about a man and a woman and I made sure I looked right. You know, the right scarf, the right sweater.

Salary (1)

The Main Event (1979) $1,000,000

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