‘Paper Moon’ and ‘Love Story’ actor Ryan O’Neal dies at 82

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Actor Ryan O’Neal, known for films like “Paper Moon” and “Love Story,” has died, his son Patrick O’Neal shared on Instagram on Friday. He was 82 years old.

“This is very hard for us,” Patrick O’Neal said in the caption of an Instagram post. “Ryan made such an impact and it will be difficult without him. It is and will be a huge void in our lives.”

Before acting, Ryan O’Neal was a professional boxer. Patrick Ryan O’Neal was born on April 20, 1941 in Los Angeles to writer Charles O’Neal and actress Patricia O’Callaghan. According to the actor’s biography on his website, before landing the role of a stuntman on the TV show “Tales of the Vikings,” he trained as a boxer and competed in two Golden Gloves championships.

This role piqued his interest in acting and he began making several television appearances on shows such as “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” in 1960 and “Leave It to Beaver” in 1961.

He got his first major television role in 1964 on the prime-time soap opera, “Peyton Place”, where he played Rodney Harrington.

In 1970 he played Oliver Barrett IV in the romance film “Love Story”, starring opposite Ali McGraw. The film is based on Ryan O’Neal and McGraw’s character, who fall in love regardless of their upbringing. Ryan O’Neal’s performance in the film earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.

Ryan O’Neal spoke openly about the film’s influence in an interview with Entertainment Tonight in 2015.

“They say they got married after seeing that movie, when their first child was named Jenny,” he recalled.

The following year, he starred in “What’s Up Doc” with Barbra Streisand.

Ryan O’Neal again found success in his career when he played Moses Prayers in the 1973 film “Paper Moon”, a comedy-drama film that earned him another Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. She starred in “Paper Moon” alongside her daughter Tatum O’Neal, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film.

The actor shares Tatum O’Neal with his first wife, actress Joanna Moore. The former couple were also the parents of actor Griffin O’Neal. Their marriage lasted for four years before divorcing in 1967.

He married actress Leigh Taylor-Young for the second time. The couple had a son, Patrick O’Neill, and divorced in 1974.

He had a high profile relationship with the late actress Farrah Fawcett. The couple never married, but were together for about 20 years.

In a 2015 interview with Ryan Tubridy on “The Late Late Show”, Ryan O’Neal recalled first meeting Fawcett during a racquetball game at the home of Lee Majors, to whom Fawcett was married at the time.

“I knew who she was, she was on ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ but I hadn’t seen ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ I didn’t know the intensity of her popularity,” he said. “So I went and I played and she was on the street. Oh my God, she was breathtaking.”

Ryan O’Neal said that three weeks after meeting Fawcett for the first time, he took her to a show.

“The rest is history,” he said.

The couple had a son named Redmond, and starred in the TV miniseries, “Small Sacrifices”. They were together until Fawcett’s death in 2009.

In 2021, Ryan O’Neal was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame along with McGraw. His star is located next to Fawcett.

“I grew up around Hollywood Boulevard,” Ryan O’Neal said at the time. “I grew up on Holloway Drive in Hollywood and as a high school junior, I used to come down Hollywood Boulevard with my boys and look for fights and girls. Who would have thought I’d end up with a star on the Walk of Fame Will I finish?”

“I’m very impressed,” he said. “(I’m) moved and happy.”

The Hollywood Walk of Fame announced Friday that flowers will be placed on Ryan O’Neal’s Walk of Fame star.

In his Instagram post about his father, Patrick O’Neal continued to say that his father lied about his “kick ass life” and that he is back together with Fawcett.

Patrick O’Neill said, “Ryan never brags. But he’s got bragging rights in heaven.” “Especially when it comes to Farrah. Everyone had the poster, she had the real McCoy. And now they meet again. Farrah and Ryan. She’s missed him so much. What a hug that would be. Again.” Together.”

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