HOLLYWOOD legend Ryan O’Neal, best known for the 1970 tearjerker Love Story, has recently united with his family.
The 79-year-old actor continues to suffer from multiple health issues, including two types of cancer.
Here’s more on Ryan O’Neal.
Who is Ryan O Neal?
Charles Samuel Eldridge Patrick Ryan O’Neal III was born on April 20, 1941 in Los Angeles, California.
O’Neal is a legendary actor who began his tenure in Hollywood as a stand-in and stunt man.
He found fame on the hugely popular nighttime soap opera Peyton Place and later channeled it into a film career.
The 79-year-old most notably known for his role as Oliver Barrett IV, a wealthy Harvard University law student, in the 1970 tearjerker Love Story.
He also starred in a Western film Wild Rovers in 1971 and What’s up, Doc? in 1972.
What’s more, O’Neal acted in the comedy and crime film Paper Moon in 1973 with his daughter Tatum O’Neal, making Tatum the youngest person to win an Academy Award at just 10 years old.
O’Neal was married twice to actress Joanna Moore (1963-1967) and actress Leigh Taylor-Young (1967-1974).
He was also in an off-and-on relationship with Charlie’s Angel star Farrah Fawcett for three decades, though the pair never married.
What is his net worth?
Ryan O’Neal has a net worth of $15 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
O’Neal fame began to fade as the 70s drew to a close, making him return to TV where he worked as a recurring character on FOX TV series Bones.
What happened between him and Farrah Fawcett?
Actress Farrah’s relationship with O’Neal was anything but fairy-tale.
She became an international sex symbol in the 1970s for her famous swimsuit poster and her role as one of a trio of female private detectives on the hit television show Charlie’s Angels.
The pair had an off-and-on relationship that spanned three decades and produced a troubled son, Redmond O’Neal, in 1985.
They rekindled their relationship shortly before Fawcett died from cancer at the age of 62 in 2009.
After Fawcett’s death, O’Neal published Both of Us: My Life with Farrah in 2012.
What illness does Ryan O’Neal have?
The charmingly boyish actor suffers from multiple health issues, starting in 2001 with chronic myelogenous leukemia.
The cancer typically affects older adults and it is a slowly progressing and uncommon type of blood-cell cancer that begins in the bone marrow.
O’Neal spokeswoman Dede Binder told Reuters in 2001 that “he has chronic leukemia. It is treatable and he is doing very well.”
She added that the diagnosis is not life-threatening and O’Neal has already undergone treatment, but the spokeswoman stopped short of elaborating on the kind of treatment O’Neal has been receiving.
The actor also has been diagnosed with Stage 2 prostate cancer.
The actor said in a statement obtained by Reuters in 2012: “Recently I was diagnosed with Stage 2 prostate cancer.
“Although I was shocked and stunned by the news, I feel fortunate that it was detected early and according to my extraordinary team of doctors the prognosis is positive for a full recovery.
“I am deeply grateful for the support of my friends and family during this time, and I urge everyone to get regular check-ups, as early detection is the best defense against this horrible disease that has afflicted so many,” he added.
Is his health deteriorating?
Close friends of O’Neal revealed to RadarOnline.com that “Ryan’s deteriorated to the point where it’s beyond hiding”.
“He’s lost weight and seems so frail and can’t walk without the help of a cane,” a source told the outlet.
O’Neal has battled a plethora of ailments and diseases, including cancer, diabetes, leukemia, a bad heart, wrecked shoulder, and sepsis, according to the news agency.
What’s more, the emotional toll of losing the love of his life – actress Farrah Fawcett – from anal cancer in 2009 has also attributed to his health decline as well.
“Besides stumbling out to the beach to watch the sunset, he doesn’t have anything to look forward to,” the source said.
“Acting and Farrah were his two passions in life and they’re both gone.”
When did Ryan O’Neal reunite with his family?
On Sunday, September 13, O’Neal’s grandson Sean McEnroe posted a family photo of him with his 56-year-old mother Tatum O’Neal alongside his siblings, Kevin, and Emily.
The caption read: “This is one of the most memorable photos of my life. The last time we were all together was at the 30-year Paper Moon Anniversary in 2003.”
It continued: “I could cry tears of gratitude that everyone in this photo is still alive and that we were all able to come together again after so many years of hardship.
“The entire West Coast is burning, but if the O’Neals can reconcile, truly anything is possible #Reconciliation #Forgiveness #Wholeness #Love #Family.”
O’Neal has four children – Tatum, Redmond, Patrick and Griffin – with three different women and his relationships with them are complicated.
In 2004, Tatum detailed her dysfunctional relationship with her father in her searing autobiography A Paper Life.
Meanwhile, Redmond was arrested on attempted murder charges in May 2018, and deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial in 2019, according to Radar Online.
In 2010, O’Neal told People Fawcett’s death in 2009 played “a very big role” in their reconciliation.
“She brought us back together,” Tatum said.
She also revealed it was her father who extended the olive branch.
“He told me he’s sorry. He’s all I have in terms of family, and I needed him in my life,” she shared at the time.
“My dad was absolutely everything to me.”
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