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Ryan O'Neal

Highest Rated:   97% Barry Lyndon (1975)
Lowest Rated:   7% Faithful (1996)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
67% Filmworker
  • Actor
2017
46% Knight of Cups
  • Ryan
$0.4M 2016
No Score Yet Slumber Party Slaughter
  • William O'Toole
2012
42% 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
64% Chances Are
  • Philip Train
1989
39% Tough Guys Don't Dance
  • Tim Madden
1987
14% Fever Pitch
  • Taggart
1985
62% Irreconcilable Differences
  • Albert Brodsky
1984
No Score Yet Partners
  • Sgt. Benson
1982
No Score Yet Green Ice
  • Wiley
1981
80% So Fine
  • Bobby
1981
38% The Main Event
  • Eddie 'Kid Natural' Scanlon
1979
20% Oliver's Story
  • Oliver Barrett IV
1978
85% The Driver
  • The Driver
1978
73% A Bridge Too Far
  • Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin
1977
14% Nickelodeon
  • Leo Harrigan
1976
97% Barry Lyndon
  • Barry Lyndon/Redmond Barry
1975
91% Paper Moon
  • Moses Pray
1973
No Score Yet The Thief Who Came to Dinner
  • Webster
1973
90% What's Up, Doc?
  • Howard Bannister
1972
60% Wild Rovers
  • Frank Post
1971
57% Love Story
  • Oliver Barrett IV
1970
No Score Yet The Games
  • Scott Reynolds
1970
No Score Yet The Big Bounce
  • Jack Ryan
1969

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Max Father Toby Coulter Max Keenan
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Rodney Scavo
  • 2005

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