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… read more