(WatchDogReport.org) – Hollywood star Ryan O’Neal died on December 8 at the age of 82 at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. He cemented his status as a Hollywood heartthrob during the 1970s and starred in famous films such as Paper Moon and Love Story, for which the academy nominated him for an Oscar. O’Neal revealed in 2012 he was diagnosed with stage 2 prostate cancer, an illness that he had been fighting since.
The actor started to gain notoriety on the television show Peyton Place in the 1960s. However, he achieved his most enduring fame in his personal life after marrying legendary actress Farrah Fawcett, who died of cancer in 2009. O’Neil’s family drama usually landed in the headlines.
O’Neil’s agent, Sue Mengers, always suggested that his relationship with Fawcett ended up affecting his career because producers felt it was counterproductive to hire a good-looking actor who was also the husband of a “sex symbol.” He also claimed on numerous occasions that Hollywood moguls saw them as “too Hollywood” and “too perfect.”
During a 2009 interview with Vanity Fair, Hollywood director Paul Mazursky, who directed O’Neil in the comedy film Faithful, explained that the actor was a “monster star” even when he had a “really strange career.” He also told the media outlet that while O’Neil could be “volatile” or “sweet as sugar,” the actor was a good person and one of the most talented artists in the industry.
His son Patrick, who is also a Hollywood actor and a sportscaster, announced his death through an Instagram post. He said that the actor “passed away peacefully” with a “loving team” that stood by his side until the end. Patrick O’Neil also pointed out that his father was a Hollywood legend who could easily memorize many pages of dialogue in “an hour.” He added that while his father could’ve bragged about many things, he never did.
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