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Ryan O'Neal Biography

Birth Name:
Charles Patrick Ryan O'Neal
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States

Fast Facts

  • Made his start in movies as a stunt man
  • His father, Charles, was a Hollywood screenwriter
  • Was a talented Golden Gloves boxer in his teens
  • Selected for his role in Love Story (for which he won an Oscar) out of a pool of 300 hopefuls
  • Considered for the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather, which eventually went to Al Pacino
  • Longtime partner of 1970s sex symbol Farrah Fawcett, with whom he had a son


  • 1974Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1971Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1970Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated