Born in Los Angeles, Ryan O'Neal
skyrocketed to stardom on the primetime TV soap opera Peyton Place
in 1964. He was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role opposite Ali McGraw in the box office hit Love Story
, and proved a great comic foil to Barbra Streisand
in What's Up, Doc?
In 1973, he co-starred with his daughter Tatum in Paper Moon
, which resulted in an Oscar for his spunky child.
Stanley Kubrick cast him in his 1975 period piece, Barry Lyndon, which was followed by a group of light comedies including So Fine, Irreconcilable Differences, and Chances Are. In 1979, O'Neal teamed up with Streisand again in The Main Event.
In 1987, he was directed by Norman Mailer in Tough Guys Don't Dance, and returned to television in 1991 in Good Sports opposite then-wife, Farrah Fawcett. His film credits also include A Bridge Too Far, Nickelodeon, and Oliver's Story, Paul Mazursky's Faithful, Jake Kasdan's Zero Effect, James Burrows Partners and Arthur Hiller's Burn Hollywood Burn.
O'Neal has just completed for Warner Bros. Malibu's Most Wanted Directed by John Whitsell with Jamie Kennedy, Blair Underwood and Taye Diggs.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
Ryan O'Neal Facts
|A Bridge Too Far|
|Knight of Cups|
|Soccer Mom in the Mini-Van|
|Stargazer in a Puddle|
|The Skeleton Key|
|What's Up, Doc?|