American actor Ryan O’Neal has died

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.

The announcement of his son Patrick on social media

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. “As a human being, my father was as generous as ever,” his son Patrick wrote on social media. “He was a fun person. And the most beautiful obviously, but also the most fascinating. He loved making people laugh. That was pretty much his goal. No matter the situation, if there was a joke to be found, he nailed it. He really wanted us to laugh. And we all laughed. Every time. We had fun”.

A tumultuous life

Married to the actress Joanna Moore from 1963 to 1967, with whom he had two children, the actors Griffin and Tatum O’Neal, after the divorce Ryan O’Neal remarried the actress Leigh Taylor-Young, with whom he had his third child Patrick. SIn the wake of his famous cinematic duet with Ali MacGraw, O’Neal starred with Barbra Streisand in “Does Daddy Send You Alone?” (1972) by Peter Bogdanovich (1972) and “What are you all crazy about?” (1979) directed by Howard Zieff. In 2008 O’Neal was arrested, together with his son Redmont, at his home in Malibu, California, for possession of narcotics. Despite his turbulent private life, he continued his acting activity: in 2006 he joined the cast of the American television series “Bones”, playing the father of the protagonist Temperance Brennan. He also took part in some episodes of the TV series “90210” (2010). Fawcett caught her husband in bed with a younger actress and they broke up for a time but reunited after O’Neal was diagnosed with leukemia. In 2012 he published a memoir, “Both of Us: My Life With Farrah.”