Renowned American actor Ryan O’Neal, widely recognized for his Oscar-nominated performance in the 1970 romantic film Love Story, has passed away at the age of 82, according to his son.
The cause of death was not disclosed by the family, but O’Neal had been dealing with chronic leukemia since 2001 and prostate cancer since 2012.
Known for his striking appearance, O’Neal rose from television soap operas to achieve movie stardom in Love Story, a poignant tale where he portrayed an upper-class Harvard student in love with a working-class counterpart played by Ali MacGraw. The film is acknowledged by the American Film Institute as one of the top 10 most romantic movies of all time.
O’Neal’s career included notable roles in 1970s hits such as What’s Up, Doc?, Paper Moon, and A Bridge Too Far. His son Patrick described him as a “Hollywood legend” on Instagram, stating that his father passed away peacefully with a supportive team by his side.
In addition to his successful career, O’Neal’s personal life drew attention, marked by marriages to actresses Joanna Moore and Leigh Taylor-Young. He was also famously involved in a tumultuous romance with actress Farrah Fawcett, which spanned from 1979 to 1997 and then resumed from 2001 until Fawcett’s death in 2009.
Patrick O’Neal paid tribute to his father, acknowledging his skills, hard work, and love for acting. In the Instagram post, he described Ryan O’Neal as generous, humorous, handsome, and charming. The tribute also remembered Farrah Fawcett, stating that the two have reunited, expressing how much his father missed her.
Ryan O’Neal’s career, spanning from successful films to soap operas, showcased his talent and left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry.