Hollywood actor Ryan O’Neal died at the age of 82.
His son Patrick shared the sad news on social media on Friday afternoon. ‘So this is the toughest thing I’ve ever had to say but here we go,’ he began.
‘My dad passed away peacefully today, with his loving team by his side supporting him and loving him as he would us.’
The actor was born Charles Patrick Ryan O’Neal on April 20, 1941 in Los Angeles and trained as an amateur boxer before landing his first role on ABC nighttime sitcom Peyton Place in 1964.
He went on to enjoy a successful career in film and television with his career highlight being an Oscar nomination in the Best Actor category for his work in 1970 romantic drama Love Story.
The actor’s most high-profile relationship was with actress Farrah Fawcett as they enjoyed a near two-decade romance from 1979 to 1997 before rekindling for another eight years from 2001 to 2009 until Fawcett’s passing.
O’Neal’s unfortunate last time being seen in public was being aided into his vehicle from a wheelchair by helper in Brentwood, California on November 6, 2023.
Here DailyMail.com looks back on the acting legend’s life in pictures:
1964: Ryan O’Neal got his breakthrough role as he was cast in primetime ABC serial drama Peyton Place
June 1965: He is pictured with daughter Tatum whom he shares with Joanna Moore as they were married from 1963 to 1967
February 1967: Clint Eastwood, Doug McClure, and O’Neal are seen left to right at a celebrity baseball game
1969: O’Neal starred as Jack Ryan in The Big Bounce which was directed by Alex March
1970: One of his most iconic roles was apposite Ali MacGraw in Love Story which was directed by Arthur Hiller
1970: O’Neal is seen with son Griffin – whom he also shares with ex-wife Moore – in New York
1971: He starred as cowboy Frank Post in western film Wild Rovers
1972: He starred in screwball comedy What’s Up, Doc? opposite Barbra Streisand
1973: Ryan starred with daughter Tatum in comedy film Paper Moon as they starred as con artists Moses Pray and Addie Loggins
May 1973: Ryan is seen with Tatum on the 22nd floor terrace of the Hotel Pierre in New York
1977: He starred as Brigadier General James Gavin of the United States Army in the epic war film A Bridge Too Far
June 1977: O’Neal dated actress and model Ursula Andress from 1972 to 1978
1979: He continued his working relationship with Streisand as they starred in The Main Event together
March 1979: O’Neal is seen at a party for Diana Ross in Beverly Hills
1979: O’Neal is seen partying it up at the iconic Studio 54 in New York City
May 1982: O’Neal attended the Friar’s Club event honoring Cary Grant in New York as the two A-listers enjoyed a near two-decade romance from 1979 to 1997
1983: O’Neal helped support longtime love Fawcett as she stood by her caricature at the iconic Sardi’s Restaurant in New York
December 1983: O’Neal and Fawcett are seen enjoying a sweet cuddle
April 1987: O’Neal is seen posing with an Oscar statue backstage at the Academy Awards in LA
December 1988: O’Neal and Fawcett share a kiss at the premiere of Chances Are in New York City
February 1995: O’Neal was on hand to support Fawcett as she received her star on the Hollywood Walk-of-Fame as they were joined by son Redmond
April 2003: Power couple O’Neal and Fawcett rekindled their relationship for another eight years from 2001 to 2009 until Fawcett’s passing as they are seen at the Malibu’s Most Wanted premiere in Hollywood
May 2004: O’Neill and Fawcett are seen attending the Share Boomtown party in Los Angeles
February 2007: O’Neal was arrested for shooting at son Griffin O’Neal which he claimed was in self-defense. The charges were later dropped
January 2011: Ryan and daughter Tatum are seen at the screening of First Grade at the Palm Springs International Film Festival
February 2011: O’Neal spoke at a ceremony donating Fawcett’s memorabilia including her iconic red swimsuit to the Smithsonian National Museum Of American History in Washington, D.C.
May 2012: O’Neal is seen at a signing of his book Both Of Us at a Barnes & Noble in LA which he wrote about his relationship with longtime love Fawcett
October 2012: O’Neal accepted Farrah Fawcett’s Inspiration Award at the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation’s 9th annual Diamond & Pearl Ball in Costa Mesa
June 2014: O’Neal is seen attending the Farrah Fawcett 5th Anniversary Reception at the Farrah Fawcett Foundation in Beverly Hills
September 2015: Ryan was aseen at the Farrah Fawcett Foundation Presents 1st Annual Tex-Mex Fiesta in Beverly Hills
2016: O’Neal portrayed the father of the protagonist of television series Bones which aired over 12 seasons from 2005 to 2017
May 2022: O’Neal is seen with son Patrick O’Neal – whom he shares with second ex-wife Leigh Taylor-Young as they were married from 1967 to 1974- as he is the Los Angeles Angels television play-by-play announcer
November 6, 2023: O’Neal’s unfortunate last time being seen in public was being aided into his vehicle from a wheelchair by helper in Brentwood, California