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Overview (3)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameCharles Samuel Eldridge Patrick Ryan O'Neal III
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ryan O'Neal was born on April 20, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Charles Samuel Eldridge Patrick Ryan O'Neal III. He is an actor, known for Love Story (1970), 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 - 27 February 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 (39)

Father of Patrick O'Neal (full name at birth: Charles Samuel Eldridge Patrick Ryan O'Neal IV) by actress Leigh Taylor-Young.
Began his career as a stand-in and stunt man. He was reportedly considered for the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972) as well as 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.
Father, with Joanna Moore, of daughter Tatum O'Neal and son Griffin O'Neal. Ex-father-in-law of John McEnroe.
Ex-brother-in-law of Dey Young and Lance Young.
A friend of Lee Majors until his long-term relationship began with Majors' then-wife, actress Farrah Fawcett.
Patrick "Ryan" O'Neal attended and graduated from Munich American High School (established to serve the US military in the Southern Bavarian region after World War II) in 1959. His brother is Kevin O'Neal. Their father was a Hollywood writer who was doing a stint working for the famed communist-busting "Radio Free Europe," and he attended high school at Munich AHS alongside the children of servicemen stationed there.
As a teenager, he was a Golden Gloves boxer who compiled an amateur boxing record of 18-4 with 13 knockouts.
His manager is Neil Hassman.
One of his best friends is Charlie Mattera.
Prosecutors decided not to file charges against Ryan O'Neal following a row with his son and allegations of assault on February 3rd. [May 2007]
Son of Patricia O'Neal and Charles O'Neal. Ryan's paternal grandfather, Charles Samuel Eldridge Patrick Ryan O'Neal, was born in South Carolina, and had Irish and English ancestry. His paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Maude Duffey, was born in Ireland, as was Ryan's maternal grandfather, Richard Edward O'Callaghan. His 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 (or 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]
Lived with Farrah Fawcett from 1979 to 1997; the union produced a son, Redmond O'Neal. The couple got back together in 2001 after Ryan O'Neal was diagnosed with leukemia.
Although never able to convince Farrah Fawcett to marry him, O'Neal did propose various times. Fawcett died at 9:28 AM PST on June 25, 2009 at age 62 before she and O'Neal could carry out the ceremony.
O'Neal served 51 days of a 60-day sentence for assaulting a stranger during a New Year's Eve party in Los Angeles. [1960]
Knocked out Frankie Lohman in 1-round in an amateur boxing match in Munich, Germany. [1959]
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]
Knocked out Steven Rouse in 1-round in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match. (Golden Gloves Tournament: Open Division). [1957]
Won a 3-round decision over Charlie Newell in an amateur boxing match in Los Angeles, CA. (Golden Gloves Tournament: Open Division). [1957]
Knocked out Allen Walker in 1-round in an amateur boxing match in Los Angeles, CA. [1957]
Defeated Sam Roland by 1st-round foul in Hollywood, CA in an amateur boxing match. [1956]
Knocked out Leonard Wallace in 1-round in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match. [1956]
Knocked out Gene Liebert in 1-round in Los Angels, CA in an amateur boxing match. [1956]
Knocked out Felix Morse in 2-rounds in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match. [1956]
Won a 3-round decision over George Shay in Hollywood, CA in an amateur boxing match. [1956]
Won a 3-round decision over Edmund Dowe in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match. [1956]
Knocked out Vic Fellsen in 1-round in Los Angeles,CA in an amateur boxing match. [1956]
Lost a 3-round decision to Dal Stewart in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match. [1956]
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 a 3-round decision over Cecil Gray in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match. (Golden Glove Tournament: Novice Division). [1956]
Lost a 3-round decision to Cecil Gray in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match. [1956]
O'Neal presented the Best Supporting Actress Oscar at the 1985 ceremony. The winner was Dame Peggy Ashcroft for A Passage to India (1984), however she did not attend the ceremony and the award was accepted on her behalf by Angela Lansbury.
Four of his ex-lovers are former Bond girls: Ursula Andress, Barbara Carrera, Britt Ekland and Lana Wood.
His acting mentor was Dorothy Malone.
His son Griffin O'Neal was involved in a speedboating accident mishap that killed Francis Ford Coppola's 23-year-old son Gian-Carlo Coppola in 1986. Griffin was indicted and charged with manslaughter, convicted on Dec. 19, 1986 of the negligent operation of a boat but not guilty of a more serious charge of manslaughter, just receiving a $200 fine and placed on 18 months' probation.
Treated for chronic myelogenous leukemia since 2001. O'Neal's spokeswoman Dede Binder told Reuters that O'Neal had been diagnosed with " ... chronic leukemia. It is treatable and he is doing very well". In April 2012, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Personal Quotes (2)

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.
[About Farrah Fawcett's ultimately unsuccessful 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.

Salary (1)

The Main Event (1979) $1,000,000

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