See ‘Love Story’ star Ryan O’Neal now at 80

Actor Ryan O’Neal is known as much for his tumultuous personal life as for his work. Over the years, her problems with her children, including the actor Tatum O’Nealhave been well documented, as has his long, on-and-off relationship with the late Farrah Fawcett. O’Neal’s acting career, however, got off to a good start. He appeared in many television series throughout the 1960s, notably in Peyton Square from 1964 to 1969. Then, in 1970, he took on one of his biggest roles as Oliver in Love story opposite Ali MacGraw. For the film, he received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe.

While his career went into decline over the years, he continued to perform and is still working today. He even reunited to play alongside MacGraw again. Read on to learn more about O’Neal’s career and life today at 80.

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O’Neal went on to appear in many other films after Love storyincluding What’s up doctor?, moon paper (with Tatum), Barry Lyndonand Irreconcilable differences. He also made a sequel to Love story called Olivier’s story, which did not succeed. But, in a 2021 interview with CBS Sunday morning, he said he was paid a lot for the film. “I live in Malibu thanks to Olivier’s story,” he said.

Some of O’Neal’s more recent work includes the TV show Taurusthe 90210 rebirth, and the series BONE. He also appeared in the 2015 film knight of cups.

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From 2015 to 2017, O’Neal and MacGraw reunited for a touring production of the play love letters. “It may be an extension of the movie we did years ago,” O’Neal said at a press conference for the play, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “For me, it’s like [the character Jenny] didn’t die, and we’ve been together all this time. And you can take a look at what happened to us.”

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Ryan and Tatum O'Neal at the Palm Spring Film Festival in 2011
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O’Neal has four children. Tatum and Griffin O’Nealfrom his first marriage to Joanna Moore; Patrick O’Neal of his marriage to Leigh Taylor Young; and Redmond Fawcett O’Neal with Fawcett. O’Neal’s strained relationship with Tatum has been particularly publicized. They were apart for a while and tried to work out their relationship during a show on OWN channel in 2010 titled Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals. Redmond has also made headlines for a variety of legal issues and alleged crimes. In 2007, O’Neal fired a gun during a fight with his son Griffin, but claimed self-defense. The case was later dismissed.

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Fawcett and O’Neal were together from 1979 to 1997. They got back together in 2001 and remained a couple until his death in 2009. During this time, O’Neal battled leukemia and Fawcett was diagnosed of cancer, which ultimately led to his death. “There was never a day that I didn’t love her,” O’Neal said People in 2019.

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