The actor Ryan O’Neal He died this Friday at the age of 82, as confirmed by his son Patrick O’Neal through his social networks. The famous actor, star of ‘Love Story’, had been diagnosed with chronic leukemia in 2001 and prostate cancer in 2012.
His Extraordinary career in Hollywood took off in the 70s with his Oscar-nominated role as the lead in the romantic and exciting film ‘love story‘. O’Neal also starred with Barbra Streisand in ‘What’s Up, Doc?’ in 1972 and ‘The Main Event’ in 1979, and played the title character in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Barry Lyndon’ in 1975, the highly anticipated sequel to A Clockwork Orange.
Also starred on Nickelodeon (1976), his third collaboration with Bogdanovich in the decade. And previously, O’Neal played Rodney Harrington in more than 500 episodes of the hit drama ‘Peyton Place’, a series broadcast on ABC.
O’Neal was married and divorced from actresses Joanna Moore and also the ‘Payton Place’ co-star, Leigh Taylor-Youngbefore beginning a 30-year on-again, off-again relationship with the actress and ‘Charlie’s Angels’ icon, Farrah Fawcettwhich ended with his death at the age of 62, on June 25, 2009.
His son’s full statement is as follows::
“This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to say, but here we go. My father passed away peacefully today, with his beloved team by his side supporting him and loving him as he would love us. This is very difficult for my wife Summer and for me, but I will share some feelings to give you an idea of what a great man he is.
My father Ryan O’Neal has always been my hero. He looked up to him and he was always larger than life. When I was born in 1967, my father was already a TV star on Peyton Place. There he met my mother, Leigh Taylor-Young, and about 9 months later (more or less) I was born.
My father became an international film star with Love Story in the early 70s, a decade he swept starring in films such as What’s Up, Doc?, Paper Moon, Barry Lyndon, A Bridge Too Far, The Main Event and The Driver. He is a Hollywood legend. New paragraph.
The growth of the name Ryan can be traced back to my father. It is a fact. He was Rodney Harrington on Peyton Place 3 days a week (he starred in 500 series in 5 years) and then of course the name Ryan peaked after Love Story (the movie that saved Paramount studios and earned me father a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame).