Ryan O'Neal, known for his roles in "Love Story" and "Paper Moon," passed away at the age of 82.

Ryan O’Neal, known for his roles in “Love Story” and “Paper Moon,” passed away at the age of 82.

Ryan O’Neal, a well-known actor who received an Oscar nomination for his performances in “Love Story” and “Paper Moon,” has passed away at the age of 82.

Patrick O’Neal, the son of O’Neal, announced his passing on Friday via Instagram. He expressed his family’s struggles with the news and acknowledged the impact that Ryan had on their lives. His absence will be greatly felt.

Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw in a promotional still for the movie "Love Story"

In 1970, Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw appeared in a promotional photo for the film “Love Story.”

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During the late 1960s and early 1970s, O’Neal was among the most prominent actors, alongside Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, and Robert Redford.

As stated on his website, he pursued a career as a professional boxer before securing a position in television as a stunt performer. Subsequently, during the 1960s, he secured a significant role on the popular television drama “Peyton Place.”

O’Neal’s most notable role was in the movie version of the popular book “Love Story,” where he co-starred with Ali MacGraw. The film was a huge success and O’Neal’s acting earned him a nomination for an Academy Award.

The movie “Love Story” was a modern version of “Romeo & Juliet” penned by Erich Segal. Under the direction of Arthur Hiller, O’Neal portrayed Oliver Barrett IV, a wealthy student from Harvard with a family legacy, and McGraw played Jenny, a girl from a working-class background.

A peculiar romantic relationship was taking place among all the members of the set.O’Neal told CBS Sunday Morning in 2021

“And Ali and I were just a part of that.”

Following his role in “Love Story,” O’Neal appeared alongside Barbara Streisand in the comedic film “What’s Up Doc.” In the 1973 movie “Paper Moon,” O’Neal portrayed a wanderer who engages in con schemes with his daughter, played by his real-life daughter Tatum. O’Neal received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance, while 10-year-old Tatum became the youngest person to ever win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role.

“According to Patrick O’Neal’s Instagram post, Ryan was an extremely kind individual who dedicated decades to assisting his loved ones. In the afterlife, I hope he proudly shares about his experience of sparring with Joe Frazier in 1966 on live television, with Muhammad Ali as the commentator, and holding his own against Smokin’ Joe.”


Source: cbsnews.com