Ryan O'Neal

Ryan O'Neal

Highest Rated: 95% Filmworker (2018)

Lowest Rated: 7% Faithful (1996)

Birthday: Apr 20, 1941

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Though his early career seemed to hold the promise of major stardom for actor Ryan O'Neal, matters didn't pan out and he has become more famous for his long-term live-in relationship with 1970s poster girl-turned-movie star-of-the-week actress Farrah Fawcett than any of his '80s and '90s films. Still, O'Neal is an appealing actor and his clean-cut good looks and reddish- blond hair give him an exuberant boyishness that belies his age. His first major role was that of Rodney Harrington on the television soap opera Peyton Place (1964-1969). O'Neal is the son of screenwriter Charles O'Neal and actress Patricia Callaghan O'Neal. A California native, he spent much of his childhood living abroad. As a young man, O'Neal sometimes got into trouble and at one point served a 51-day jail sentence for assault and battery after getting into a fight at a New Year's party. Before becoming an actor, O'Neal was a lifeguard and an amateur boxer who was a one-time Golden Gloves contender. In film and television, O'Neal started out as a stunt man on Tales of the Vikings, a German television series. His parents were working on the same show. Upon his return to the States, O'Neal continued finding work in small parts on television shows, getting his first regular acting job on the Western Empire (1962). Following the demise of Peyton Place, O'Neal made his feature debut in The Big Bounce (1969), but did not get his big break until he was chosen from 300 auditioners to play Oliver Barrett opposite Ally McGraw in Arthur Hiller's maudlin adaptation of Erich Seagal's best-seller Love Story- (1970). The film was a smash hit and landed O'Neal an Oscar nomination. Two more starring roles followed this success but it was not until he played an uptight professor who finds himself beleaguered by a free-spirited, love-struck Barbra Streisand in Peter Bogdanovich's What's Up Doc? (1972) that he rivaled the success of Love Story. It has been in light, romantic fare such as this that O'Neal has excelled. His next popular role was that of an exasperated con man in Paper Moon, the charming comedy that netted his co-star and real-life daughter, Tatum O'Neal, an Oscar. O'Neal then played the title role in Stanley Kubrick's slow-paced epic Barry Lyndon (1975). By the late '70s, O'Neal's career had gone into decline and he had begun appearing in such dismal outings as Oliver's Story (the 1978 sequel to his first big hit) and The Main Event (1979) which reteamed him with Streisand. The '80s were even tougher for O'Neal, even though he appeared regularly onscreen. In 1989, O'Neal turned up in the wrenching made-for-TV-movie Small Sacrifices, which starred his lover Fawcett. Two years later, he and Fawcett starred in the short-lived television sitcom Good Sports. He followed that up with a part in the body-switch comedy Chances Are. In the nineties he appeared in the showbiz satire Burn Hollywood Burn, and the quirky detective tale Zero Effect. As the 21st century began he could be seen opposite Al Pacino in People I Know, and in the 2003 comedy Malibu's Most Wanted. After seven years away from screen, he appeared in 2012's Slumber Party Slaughter. Before hooking up with Farrah in the early '80s, O'Neal was married to actresses to Joanna Moore and Leigh Taylor-Young. His children from those marriages, Tatum and Griffin O'Neal, are both actors as is his brother Kevin O'Neal.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet My Best Friend's Famous Actor 2019
No Score Yet This Is Farrah Fawcett Actor 2019
95% Filmworker Actor 2018
47% Knight of Cups Ryan $0.4M 2016
No Score Yet Slumber Party Slaughter William O'Toole 2012
44% People I Know Cary Launer 2003
31% Malibu's Most Wanted Bill Gluckman $34.4M 2003
No Score Yet Gentleman Bandit Bank Manager 2002
No Score Yet Epoch Allen Lysander 2001
No Score Yet The List Richard Miller 2000
29% Coming Soon Dick 1999
8% An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn James Edmunds 1998
No Score Yet Sink or Swim Dr. Applefield 1997
64% Zero Effect Gregory Stark 1997
7% Faithful Jack O'Donnell 1996
No Score Yet The Man Upstairs Moony Polaski 1993
No Score Yet Small Sacrifices Lew Lewiston 1989
67% Chances Are Philip Train 1989
40% Tough Guys Don't Dance Tim Madden 1987
14% Fever Pitch Taggart 1985
57% Irreconcilable Differences Albert Brodsky 1984
No Score Yet Partners Sgt. Benson 1982
No Score Yet Green Ice Wiley 1981
67% So Fine Bobby 1981
40% The Main Event Eddie 'Kid Natural' Scanlon 1979
29% Oliver's Story Oliver Barrett IV 1978
73% The Driver The Driver 1978
63% A Bridge Too Far Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin 1977
11% Nickelodeon Leo Harrigan 1976
90% Barry Lyndon Barry Lyndon/Redmond Barry 1975
92% Paper Moon Moses Pray 1973
No Score Yet The Thief Who Came to Dinner Webster 1973
90% What's Up, Doc? Howard Bannister 1972
54% Wild Rovers Frank Post 1971
67% Love Story Oliver Barrett IV 1970
No Score Yet The Games Scott Reynolds 1970
No Score Yet The Big Bounce Jack Ryan 1969


90% Bones
Max Father Toby Coulter Max Keenan 2017
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
Appearing 2016
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
Guest 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
Guest 2011
No Score Yet 90210
Spence 2010
72% Desperate Housewives
Rodney Scavo 2005
91% Miss Match
Sid Fox 2004
100% The Larry Sanders Show
Himself 1995
73% Good Sports
`Downtown' Bobby Tannen 1991
No Score Yet Perry Mason
John 1964
No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
Tom Henderson 1961


Eunice Burns says: Howard, why does she call you Steve?

Howard Bannister says: Eunice, I have no idea.

Oliver Barrett IV says: What can you say about a 25 year old girl who died? That she was beautiful. And brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. And the Beatles. And me.

Addie Loggins says: I want my two hundred dollars.

Cafe Waitress says: What do you say, Daddy? Why don't we give Precious a little dessert if she eats her dog?

Trixie Delight says: Hurry up, Doctor. This baby gots to go winky tinky!

Moses Pray says: Well, she ain't my grown-up and I ain't plannin' no more to sit in the back. Not for no cow!

Leroy says: Will you keep your voice down? And Miss Delight ain't no cow. She's a proper woman. She has a high school diploma. And right now she's got to go to the bathroom, so you get on down to the car!

Trixie Delight says: I just don't understand it, Daddy, but this little baby has got to go winky tinky all the time.

Addie Loggins says: said to Moses: No, I don't know what it is, but if you got 'em, it's a sure bet they belong to somebody else!

Moses Pray says: "Don't you think I have any scruples?"

Moses Pray says: Don't you think I have any scruples?

Addie Loggins says: "Well, if you do, it's a sure bet they belong to someone else!"

Addie Loggins says: Well, if you do, it's a sure bet they belong to someone else!

Howard Bannister says: What are you doing? This is a one way street!

Judy Maxwell says: We're only going one way.

Judy Maxwell says: I know I'm different, but from now on I'm going to try and be the same.

Howard Bannister says: The same as what?

Judy Maxwell says: The same as people who aren't different.

Moses Pray says: Eat your Coney Island!

Moses Pray says: Eat you're Coney Island!

Judy Maxwell says: But you know something Steve? Love means never having to say you're sorry.

Howard Bannister says: ...That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

Howard Bannister says: That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

Redmond Barry (Barry Lyndon) says: "but I am not sorry and shall not apologize, and I'll soon go to Dublin as to Hell."