Another death hits Hollywood as award winning actor Ryan O’Neal dies at 82

Dec 18, 2023

Hollywood is in mourning once again.

It seems the deaths of legendary big screen giants are coming faster and faster.

Because another death just hit Hollywood as award winning actor Ryan O’Neal dies at age 82.

Academy Award-nominated actor Ryan O’Neal died December 8 at age 82, his son Patrick O’Neal announced.

A long and storied career

O’Neal was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Harvard preppie Oliver, playing opposite actress Ali MacGraw (Jenny) in the 1970 film Love Story.

This is the film Al Gore bizarrely said was based on his life.

But O’Neal would go on to be known for far more than just playing “Al Gore.”

O’Neal was a major heartthrob of the 1970s, and went on to have a number of hit movies, including What’s Up, Doc? (1972) with Barbara Streisand, Paper Moon (1973) with his then 9-year-old daughter Tatum O’Neal (who won an Academy Award for her performance), the classic war film A Bridge Too Far (1977), and The Main Event (1979) in which he played a prize fighter and co-starred again with Barbara Streisand.

Streisand weighed in on O’Neal’s death on social media.

O’Neal’s big break in acting came when he landed the role of Rodney Harrington on the 1960s television prime time soap opera Peyton Place, based on the novel of the same name.

O’Neal continued acting in both films and on television up until 2017, including a recurring role of the popular television show Bones.

Bigger than life

O’Neal had been diagnosed with chronic leukemia in 2001 and then prostate cancer in 2012.

His son Patrick posted on Instagram, “So this is the toughest thing I’ve ever had to say but here we go. My dad passed away peacefully today, with his loving team by his side supporting him and loving him as he would us.”

“My father Ryan O’Neal has always been my hero,” Patrick continued. “I looked up to him and he was always bigger than life. When I was born in 1967 my dad was already a TV star on Peyton Place.”

“That’s where he met my mom Leigh Taylor-Young, and about 9 months later (give or take a date night or two) I was born.”

O’Neal was married to actress Joanna Moore from 1963 to 1967, and they had two children together, Academy Award winning actress Tatum and son Griffin.

He later wed Peyton Place co-star Young in 1967 and they had son Patrick though they divorced in 1971.

O’Neal was then famously in an on-again-off-again relationship with Charlie’s Angels star Farrah Fawcett beginning in 1979, and lasting until her death from cancer in 2009.

Fawcett and O’Neal, despite never marrying, had one son together, Redmond.

Redmond currently is in the Patton State Psychiatric Hospital in San Bernardino, California, after a slew of criminal charges, including attempted murder, robbery, assault, and drug possession.

O’Neal, who himself struggled with drug and alcohol abuse throughout the years, admitted he had not been a very good father.

“I’m a hopeless father. I don’t know why,” he told Vanity Fair in 2009. “I don’t think I was supposed to be a father. Just look around at my work — they’re either in jail or they should be.”

“I have nice grandchildren, though,” he said.

Good father or not, O’Neal was a legend in Hollywood and will be missed.

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