Actor Ryan O’Neal, star of ‘Love Story’, dies at 82 | Culture


Actor Ryan O’Neal, best known for his role in the 1970s romantic drama love story, died this Friday in Los Angeles, California. He was 82 years old. The news was confirmed by her son Patrick through a statement on Instagram. “This is the harshest thing I’ve ever said so here we go. My father passed away today peacefully, with his beloved team at his side supporting him and loving him as he loved us.” In 2012 O’Neal was diagnosed with grade four prostate cancer. His partner for years, actress Farrah Fawcett, died of colon and rectal cancer in June 2009, at age 62.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, something unusual in a city made up of immigrants, O’Neal curiously did not begin his career in film, like so many who arrive seeking their fortune in the hills of Hollywood, and he did not train there as an actor. He was a boxer in his youth. Later, at the end of the fifties, his family moved to Germany and there he began to act as an extra and stunt double in some series. From there, he got the acting bug. And it was upon returning to his city that he began to make a name for himself, especially on television. After going through twenty characters, first secondary and then protagonists, he rose to fame thanks to Peyton Placewhich filmed for five years, between 1964 and 1969. His role as Rodney Harrington over more than 500 episodes made him a well-known face on television.

But it was love storyin 1970, which It brought him immense global success, with audiences, critics, recognition and nominations, including the Golden Globe and the Oscar, which he did not win. In February 2021, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (where flowers will be laid in her honor on Friday afternoon), in a double ceremony where her co-star, Ali McGraw, was also recognized.

Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neil in 'Love Story'.
Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neil in ‘Love Story’.Paramount Pictures (ZUMAPRESS.com / Cordon Press)

He himself explained in some interviews that Oliver’s role in love story It was essential for his career because he was exhausted from working in television, which he did not intend to return to (although he did do so later in his career). The popularity of the title directed by Arthur Hiller made him a star in the seventies, a decade in which he filmed what were his greatest hits: paper moonl, by Peter Bogdanovich in 1973, in which he worked with his daughter Tatum and which earned him another Golden Globe nomination; and Barry Lyndon, under the orders of Stanley Kubrick, in 1975. In the eighties, nineties and two thousand he did not stop working, although on titles with less impact. His last work, which gave him some popularity in new generations, was in the series boneswhere he recorded two dozen episodes in different seasons between 2006 and 2017.

Ryan O’Neal was part of a line of performers that he himself continued. His mother was an actress, his father was a screenwriter and he himself had long relationships with actresses that produced, as fruit, other actors. In the early sixties he was married to actress Joanna Moore, from whom he separated in 1967 and with whom he had two children, Griffin and Tatum (he was left with custody of their children due to her addictions and mental problems). . Tatum O’Neal has also been an actress, and in fact she would become the youngest person to win an Oscar, in 1974 at only 10 years old, precisely because Paper moon Like her father, she also made gossip magazines for her marriage to tennis player John McEnroe, between 1986 and 1992, with whom she had three children.

That same 1967 O’Neal married Leigh Taylor-Young, who was his co-star for years in Peyton Place. They had a son, Patrick, and separated in 1971. By then, the actor was 30 years old and had three children in his care, with whom for decades he maintained a complex and distant relationship. But it was in the late seventies when he met his most famous partner, but whom he never married: the actress Farrah Fawcett, with whom he had a relationship, although they never married, from 1979 to 1997; In 1985 they had a son, Redmond, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder after going through several addictions and violent episodes that caused him to live on the streets and go to jail. The protagonist of Charlie’s Angels She left O’Neal when she discovered him in the midst of infidelity, but there was a long history of fights and aggression between them. They resumed their relationship in 2001 and remained together until her death in 2009.

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