Ryan O’Neal, one of the faces of 70s cinema, died | The “Love Story” actor was 82 years old


American actor Ryan O’Nealknown for iconic 1970s films such as love story either Paper Moon, He died this Friday at the age of 82..

“This is very hard for us (…) Ryan had a great impact and this will be difficult without him. It is and will be a huge void in our lives,” announced his son, sports presenter Patrick O’Neal, in a publication from Instagram. No further details were provided about the death, but O’Neal was diagnosed with chronic leukemia in 2001 and prostate cancer in 2012..

O’Neal began to carve out a space for himself on the small screen with the night soap opera Peyton Placein which he appeared alongside Mia Farrowto make a meteoric leap into cinema with the acclaimed love story (1970) alongside Ali MacGraw, who received seven Oscar nominations, including his as leading actor.

Two years later, he would star in the comedy What’s Up, Docdirected by Peter Bogdanovichin which he played a young music teacher who meets the eccentric young Judy (Barbra Streisand), with whom he left countless crazy situations that still exist among film lovers.

O’Neal and Bogdanovich would repeat team in Paper Moon (1973), where, alongside Madelyn Kahn, he demonstrated his versatility as a comic and moving actor at the same time. There he acted with her daughter Tatum O’Neal, who won the Oscar for best supporting actress for that role. Two years later, in 1975, was seen in the protagonist of Barry Lyndon by Stanley Kubrick.

He was married to the actresses Joanna Moore (1963-1967) and Leigh Taylor-Young (1967-1974) and in 1981 He began a courtship with the famous Farrah Fawcett.star of the series Charlie’s Angelswith whom she broke up in 1997. From that relationship, her son Redmond O’Neal was born, also an actor, and whose name is a tribute to Redmond Barry, the character of Barry Lyndon.

O’Neal and his daughter Tatum in Paper Moon.

However, their union was marked by O’Neal’s alleged infidelities, addiction problems and an alleged lack of control over his temperament that affected his career.

Thus, it progressively lost relevance in Hollywood until it was relegated to sporadic work in the 1990s, such as the feature film The Man Upstairs (1992) with Katherine Hepburn, or comedy thriller film Zero Effectdirected by Jake Kasdan.

“I will share my father’s legacy forever. I will not be stopped by outside voices that say negative things. “If you decide to speak ill of my father, even if you have no idea what you are talking about, your attention will be drawn,” his son Patrick stressed in the statement this Friday.

In 2012, three years after Fawcett died of cancer, O’Neal published his memoirs, Both of Us: My Life with Farrahin which he gave his version of the bond he had with the female icon and tried to channel his family relationship after a long estrangement with his daughter Tatum.

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