Actor Ryan O’Neal has died at the age of 82

He had been ill for some time

American actor Ryan O’Neal, star of the legendary romantic tearjerker “Love Story” (1970), with the role of Harvard Oliver, which he played with Ali MacGraw, has died at the age of 82. O’Neal passed away today, Friday 8 December, his son Patrick O’Neal, a sports journalist for Bally Sports West in Los Angeles, reported on Instagram. The actor was diagnosed with chronic leukemia in 2001 and prostate cancer in 2012.

Ryan O’Neal, born Charles Patrick Ryan O’Neal, was born in Los Angeles on April 20, 1941. For “Love Story” he was nominated for an Oscar as best leading actor in 1971 and won the David di Donatello for best foreign actor in 1972. Arthur Hiller’s film received seven nominations (including best film) and won an Oscar for Francis Lai’s music. During the filming of the film, Erich Segal simultaneously wrote the best seller based on his own screenplay. A sequel was also made in 1978, “Oliver’s Story”, again starring Ryan O’Neal.