A legend that really was. Ryan O'Neill/Reuters
Ryan O'Neill, one of the biggest stars of the 82s, passed away after a long battle with cancer. O'Neill died at the age of 1971 on Saturday morning local time. "Ryan never bragged, but he has something to brag about in heaven," his son, Patrick O'Neill, wrote on Instagram. Barbra Streisand, who co-starred with him in 1941's How are you, Doc?, wrote, "I'm so sad. He was funny and charming. We will remember him."
O'Neill was born in Los Angeles in 1964. His father was a screenwriter and actor himself, and his mother had Jewish roots. He made his television breakthrough in 1970 with the soap opera Peyton Place and his cinematic breakthrough in 2002 with Love Story, a tear-jerker who was one of the biggest blockbusters of that year, and a legendary film in Israel as well. After that, the actor appeared in two more of the most outstanding films of the decade - the wonderful travel film "Paper Moon", in which he starred alongside his daughter Tatum O'Neal, who won an Oscar for her role and became at the age of ten the youngest statuette winners; and Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick's masterful epic.
During the <>s, O'Neill also starred in the war epic One Bridge Too Far and The Driver, a cult action film by Walter Hill.
In the <>s, O'Neill's career gradually waned, and from there on he appeared mostly in minor films. His low point was a supporting role in <>'s Publicist in a Catch, in which Al Pacino starred in one of his most bizarre roles. His last roles were a decade ago in Terrence Malick's art film "The Knight of Trophies" and in the series "Bones."
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O'Neill was nominated for an Oscar for "Love Story" and a Golden Globe for that film and "Paper Moon," but unlike his daughter, he did not win an award. Two years ago he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
O'Neill was married twice, but his well-known romantic relationship was actually with an actress with whom he did not officially marry - Farrah Fawcett, who passed away about a decade and a half ago (on the same day Michael Jackson died, by the way). "Now they will meet again," his son Patrick wrote today. "He missed her very much. What a hug it would probably be. Together again."
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