Charles Patrick Ryan O’Neal is a Los Angeles, California-born American actor, but was actually an amateur boxer before making his name as an actor in the TV soap opera “Peyton Place” as Rodney Harrington. Born on 20 April 1941, Ryan has English, Irish and Ashkenazi-Jewish ancestry. A name well known in American television and Hollywood, Ryan has been in the field of acting since 1960.
One of the few actors who have been in showbiz for more than five decades of their life, one may wonder how rich Ryan really is as, of mid-2017? Authoritative sources estimate that Ryan has amassed an amount of $18 million as his net worth, his involvement in movies and television series as an actor has been most significant in adding to his net worth.
Ryan O’Neal Net Worth $18 Million
Raised in Los Angeles by his parents, actress Patricia Ruth Olga and screenwriter and novelist Charles O’Neal, Ryan attended University High School. He spent some time in Munich in his teenage days because of his father’s work, where he attended Munich American High School. Ryan briefly trained to become an amateur boxer, but before long Ryan found himself choosing a career in acting, as he landed the role of Rodney Harrington in the television soap opera “Peyton Place”, and soon became famous through this work.
Starting his acting career in 1960 and finding fame as a soap opera star, Ryan continued to involve himself in the field of entertainment as an actor. He was noted for his work on television series such as “The Case Of The Bountiful Beauty” and “Good Sports” among others. He also appeared in television movies including “The Man Upstairs”, “1775” and “Bull” which not only made Ryan prominent on television but also helped him earn millions of dollars in the long run. More recently, he is active on television from a recurring role in the series “Bones”, and some notable guest appearances, still adding to his net worth.
Apart from television, Ryan has been active in Hollywood since the beginning of his acting career, being a part of hit movies such as “Love Story”, “Paper Moon”, “Tough Guys Don’t Dance”, “Zero Effect”, “Coming Soon” and many more. During his career he has performed in a total of 33 movies , including recent films “People I Know”, “Knight Of Cups” and “Unity” among others. Needless to say, all of these movies have been helpful to Ryan in amassing his present riches.
For his work as an actor, Ryan has been rewarded several times with prestigious awards and nominations. He won a David Di Donatello Awards and was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his leading role in the movie “Love Story”. He has also been nominated twice for Golden Globe awards, but conversely also twice for Golden Raspberry awards.
As for his personal life, Ryan was married to Joanna Moore(1963-67) with whom he has a son and daughter – actress Tatum. His second wife was actress Leigh Taylor-Young(1967-73), and they have a son, after which he lived with his partner Farrah Fawcett for a many years until she died from cancer in 2009; they also had a son. Ryan himself survived leukemia in the early years of the century, and more recently prostate cancer. As of now, Ryan apparently leads the life of a single man in Los Angeles, although over the years he is known to have had romances with actresses Ursula Andress, Jacqueline Bisset, Bianca Jagger, Anouk Aimee, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand and Anjelica Huston.
1956:Lost:Ryan O'Neal lost a 3-round decision to Cecil Gray in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match.
1956:Won:Ryan O'Neal won a 3-round decision over Cecil Gray in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match.(Golden Glove Tournament:Novice Division).
1956:Lost:Ryan O'Neal lost a 3-round decision to George Shay in West Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match.(Golden Glove Tournament:Novice Division).
1956:Lost:Ryan O'Neal lost a 3-round decision to Dal Stewart in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match.
1956:Won:Ryan O'Neal knocked out Vic Fellsen in 1-round in Los Angeles,CA in an amateur boxing match.
1956:Won:Ryan O'Neal won a 3-round decision over Edmund Dowe in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match.
1956:Won:Ryan O'Neal won a 3-round decision over George Shay in Hollywood, CA in an amateur boxing match.
1956:Won:Ryan O'Neal knocked out Felix Morse in 2-rounds in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match.
1956:Won:Ryan O'Neal knocked out Gene Liebert in 1-round in Los Angels, CA in an amateur boxing match.
1956:Won:Ryan O'Neal knocked out Leonard Wallace in 1-round in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match.
1956:Won:Ryan O'Neal defeated Sam Roland by 1st-round foul in Hollywood, CA in an amateur boxing match.
1957:Won:Ryan O'Neal knocked out Allen Walker in 1-round in an amateur boxing match in Los Angeles, CA.
1957:Won:Ryan O'Neal won a 3-round decision over Charlie Newell in an amateur boxing match in Los Angeles, CA.(Golden Gloves Tournament:Open Division).
1957:Won:Ryan O'Neal knocked out Steven Rouse in 1-round in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match.(Golden Gloves Tournament:Open Division).
1957:Lost:Ryan O'Neal lost a 3-round decision to Tony Foramero in Los Angeles, CA in an amateur boxing match.(Golden Gloves Tournament:Open Division:Semi-Finals).
1959:Won:Ryan O'Neal knocked out Frankie Lohman in 1-round in an amateur boxing match in Munich, Germany.
In 1960, O'Neal served fifty-one days of a 60-day sentence for assaulting a stranger during a New Year's Eve party in Los Angeles.
Though never able to marry Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O'Neal did propose to Farrah with every intention of walking down the aisle with her. Farrah died at 9:28 AM PST on June 25, 2009 before she and O'Neal could marry.
Although he and Farrah Fawcett split in 1997, they got back together in 2001 after he was diagnosed with leukemia.
Was sentenced to undergo 18 months of rehabilitation treatment after pleading guilty to drug possession in relation to his arrest in September 2008. [January 2009]
He and his son Redmond O'Neal were arrested on suspicion of narcotics possession. [September 2008]
Was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and negligent discharge of a firearm after a fight with his son Griffin O'Neal. Griffin apparently tied his intoxicated younger brother Redmond O'Neal to a staircase in order to keep him from leaving the house to use more drugs. When Ryan returned home and saw his son tied to the staircase he became so enraged that he fired a warning shot in order to scare Griffin. [February 2007]
Ryan's paternal grandfather, Charles Samuel O'Neal, was born in South Carolina, and had Irish and English ancestry. Ryan's paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Maude Duffey, was born in Ireland, as was Ryan's maternal grandfather, Richard Edward O'Callaghan. Ryan's maternal grandmother, Mathilde Pius, was born in New York, to a Jewish family; Mathilde's father, Gustave Pius, was from Germany, and Mathilde's mother, Rebecca/Regina Iglick, was from Schrimm (now Srem, Poland).
As a teenager, he was a Golden Gloves boxer who compiled an amateur boxing record of 18-4 with 13 knockouts.
He attended and graduated from Munich American High School in Munich, Germany, in 1959. His father was a Hollywood writer who was doing a stint working for the American government radio network "Radio Free Europe", which beamed programing and propaganda into Communist-controlled Eastern Europe.
Was originally considered for the role of Rocky Balboa in Rocky (1976). However, "Rocky" scriptwriter Sylvester Stallone had sold the film rights on the condition that he got to play the title role, so he and not O'Neal wound up starring in the picture.
In remission in his battle with leukemia.
He was considered for the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972)
[on Love Story (1970)] I didn't worry a lot about whether I was preparing enough for the part. I'm not into study and research much. I just thought about it as a story about a man and a woman and I made sure I looked right. You know, the right scarf, the right sweater.
[when asked how he would like to be remembered, 2011] He was a child to children and a man to men.
I had just put the casket in the hearse and I was watching it drive away when a beautiful blonde woman comes up and embraces me. I said to her, 'You have a drink on you? You have a car?' She said, 'Daddy, it's me - Tatum!' I was just trying to be funny with a strange Swedish woman, and it's my daughter. It's so sick. [in Vanity Fair, admitting to propositioning a woman (who he was unable to recognize as his own daughter) at Farrah Fawcett's funeral]
[on Farrah Fawcett's ongoing cancer battle] It's a love story. I just don't know how to play this one. I won't know this world without her. Cancer is an insidious enemy.