Ryan O'Neal

Charles Patrick Ryan O'Neal (born April 20, 1941) is an American actor and former boxer. O'Neal trained as an amateur boxer before beginning his career in acting in 1960. In 1964, he landed the role of Rodney Harrington on the ABC nighttime soap opera Peyton Place. The series was an instant hit and boosted O'Neal's career. He later found success in films, most notably Love Story (1970), for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as Best Actor, Peter Bogdanovich's What's Up, Doc? (1972) and Paper Moon (1973), Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon (1975), Richard Attenborough's A Bridge Too Far (1977), and Walter Hill's The Driver (1978). From 2005 to 2017, he had a recurring role in the Fox TV series Bones as Max, the father of the show's protagonist.

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A Bridge Too Far (1977)

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Operation Market Garden, September 1944. The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  James Caan  •  Michael Caine  •  Sean Connery

Operation Market Garden, September 1944. The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  James Caan  •  Michael Caine  •  Sean Connery

Barry Lyndon (1975)

An Irish rogue uses his cunning and wit to work his way up the social classes of 18th century England, transforming himself from the humble Redmond Barry into the noble Barry Lyndon.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  Marisa Berenson  •  Hardy Krüger  •  Diana Körner

An Irish rogue uses his cunning and wit to work his way up the social classes of 18th century England, transforming himself from the humble Redmond Barry into the noble Barry Lyndon.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  Marisa Berenson  •  Hardy Krüger  •  Diana Körner

Irreconcilable Differences (1984)

Alternating between the past and the present, a precocious little girl sues her selfish, career-driven parents for emancipation, surprising them both.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Shyer
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  Shelley Long  •  Drew Barrymore  •  Sam Wanamaker

Alternating between the past and the present, a precocious little girl sues her selfish, career-driven parents for emancipation, surprising them both.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Shyer
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  Shelley Long  •  Drew Barrymore  •  Sam Wanamaker

Malibu's Most Wanted (2003)

A senator arranges for his son, a rich white kid who fancies himself black, to be kidnapped by a couple of black actors pretending to be murderers to try and shock him out of his plans to become a rapper.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Whitesell
CAST:  Jamie Kennedy  •  Taye Diggs  •  Anthony Anderson  •  Regina Hall

A senator arranges for his son, a rich white kid who fancies himself black, to be kidnapped by a couple of black actors pretending to be murderers to try and shock him out of his plans to become a rapper.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Whitesell
CAST:  Jamie Kennedy  •  Taye Diggs  •  Anthony Anderson  •  Regina Hall

Paper Moon (1973)

During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl—who may or may not be his daughter—and the two forge an unlikely partnership.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Bogdanovich
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  Tatum O'Neal  •  Madeline Kahn  •  John Hillerman

During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl—who may or may not be his daughter—and the two forge an unlikely partnership.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Bogdanovich
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  Tatum O'Neal  •  Madeline Kahn  •  John Hillerman

Partners (1982)

Benson is a police detective. After a series of murders in the Gay community he is ordered to go undercover with a gay police clerk named Kerwin as his partner. In order to be noticed they have to be flamboyant enough to attract attention which Benson finds rather ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Burrows
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  John Hurt  •  Kenneth McMillan  •  Robyn Douglass

Benson is a police detective. After a series of murders in the Gay community he is ordered to go undercover with a gay police clerk named Kerwin as his partner. In order to be noticed they have to be flamboyant enough to attract attention which Benson finds rather ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Burrows
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  John Hurt  •  Kenneth McMillan  •  Robyn Douglass

The Driver (1978)

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The Driver specializes in driving getaway cars for robberies. His exceptional talent has prevented him from being caught yet. After another successful flight from the police a self-assured detective makes it his primary goal to catch the Driver. He promises pardons ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Hill
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  Bruce Dern  •  Isabelle Adjani  •  Ronee Blakley

The Driver specializes in driving getaway cars for robberies. His exceptional talent has prevented him from being caught yet. After another successful flight from the police a self-assured detective makes it his primary goal to catch the Driver. He promises pardons ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Hill
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  Bruce Dern  •  Isabelle Adjani  •  Ronee Blakley

The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973)

A computer programmer decides to become a thief. And when he starts making waves an insurance investigator hounds him. He also meets a woman who becomes his accomplice.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bud Yorkin
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  Jacqueline Bisset  •  Warren Oates  •  Jill Clayburgh

A computer programmer decides to become a thief. And when he starts making waves an insurance investigator hounds him. He also meets a woman who becomes his accomplice.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bud Yorkin
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  Jacqueline Bisset  •  Warren Oates  •  Jill Clayburgh

What's Up, Doc? (1972)

The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Bogdanovich
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  Ryan O'Neal  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Kenneth Mars

The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Bogdanovich
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  Ryan O'Neal  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Kenneth Mars

Wild Rovers (1971)

Ross Bodine and Frank Post are cowhands on Walt Buckman's R-Bar-R ranch. Bodine is older and broods a bit about how he will get along when he's too old to cowboy. Post is young and rambunctious and ambitious for a better life than wrangling cows. When one of their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  William Holden  •  Ryan O'Neal  •  Karl Malden  •  Lynn Carlin

Ross Bodine and Frank Post are cowhands on Walt Buckman's R-Bar-R ranch. Bodine is older and broods a bit about how he will get along when he's too old to cowboy. Post is young and rambunctious and ambitious for a better life than wrangling cows. When one of their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  William Holden  •  Ryan O'Neal  •  Karl Malden  •  Lynn Carlin

Zero Effect (1998)

Daryl Zero is a private investigator and—along with his assistant, Steve Arlo—he solves impossible crimes and puzzles. Although Daryl's a master investigator, when he's not working he doesn't know what to do with himself. He has no social skills, writes bad music ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  Bill Pullman  •  Ben Stiller  •  Ryan O'Neal  •  Kim Dickens

Daryl Zero is a private investigator and—along with his assistant, Steve Arlo—he solves impossible crimes and puzzles. Although Daryl's a master investigator, when he's not working he doesn't know what to do with himself. He has no social skills, writes bad music ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  Bill Pullman  •  Ben Stiller  •  Ryan O'Neal  •  Kim Dickens

An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn (1998)

Filmmaker Alan Smithee finds himself the unwilling puppet of a potentially bad, big budget action film which he proceeds to steal the reels and leave the cast and crew in a frenzy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Smithee  •  Arthur Hiller
CAST:  Eric Idle  •  Ryan O'Neal  •  Sylvester Stallone  •  Coolio

Filmmaker Alan Smithee finds himself the unwilling puppet of a potentially bad, big budget action film which he proceeds to steal the reels and leave the cast and crew in a frenzy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Smithee  •  Arthur Hiller
CAST:  Eric Idle  •  Ryan O'Neal  •  Sylvester Stallone  •  Coolio

The Games (1970)

From Great Britain, the United States, France, Italy, Australia and behind the Iron Curtain. They are the most superbly conditioned animals in the world. They are also the pawns of powerful nations, the victims of dangerous drugs and the object of many men's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winner
CAST:  Michael Crawford  •  Ryan O'Neal  •  Charles Aznavour  •  Stanley Baker

From Great Britain, the United States, France, Italy, Australia and behind the Iron Curtain. They are the most superbly conditioned animals in the world. They are also the pawns of powerful nations, the victims of dangerous drugs and the object of many men's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winner
CAST:  Michael Crawford  •  Ryan O'Neal  •  Charles Aznavour  •  Stanley Baker

Oliver's Story (1978)

Oliver Barrett IV is emotionally devastated by the death of his wife Jenny, and, while he tries to lose himself in his work as a lawyer, the long hours don't ease his pain, especially when he finds that his leftist views conflict with those of the senior partners ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Korty
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  Candice Bergen  •  Nicola Pagett  •  Edward Binns

Oliver Barrett IV is emotionally devastated by the death of his wife Jenny, and, while he tries to lose himself in his work as a lawyer, the long hours don't ease his pain, especially when he finds that his leftist views conflict with those of the senior partners ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Korty
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  Candice Bergen  •  Nicola Pagett  •  Edward Binns

Fever Pitch (1985)

An investigative journalist gets hooked on the subject of his inquiry - organized gambling.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Brooks
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  John Saxon  •  Catherine Hicks  •  Giancarlo Giannini

An investigative journalist gets hooked on the subject of his inquiry - organized gambling.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Brooks
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  John Saxon  •  Catherine Hicks  •  Giancarlo Giannini

Nickelodeon (1976)

Going from a lawyer to a writer, and then to a film director, is the career path on which we find the bashful Leo Harrigan. But Leo has problems as well, such as being hopelessly smitten with his leading lady, who chooses to reward his attentions by getting herself ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Bogdanovich
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  Burt Reynolds  •  Tatum O'Neal  •  Brian Keith

Going from a lawyer to a writer, and then to a film director, is the career path on which we find the bashful Leo Harrigan. But Leo has problems as well, such as being hopelessly smitten with his leading lady, who chooses to reward his attentions by getting herself ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Bogdanovich
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  Burt Reynolds  •  Tatum O'Neal  •  Brian Keith

Small Sacrifices (1989)

A peculiar and disturbing case catches the attention of the police when a young mother and her children, all severely injured, show up in a hospital's emergency room.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Greene
CAST:  Farrah Fawcett  •  Ryan O'Neal  •  Gordon Clapp  •  John Shea

A peculiar and disturbing case catches the attention of the police when a young mother and her children, all severely injured, show up in a hospital's emergency room.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Greene
CAST:  Farrah Fawcett  •  Ryan O'Neal  •  Gordon Clapp  •  John Shea

Chances Are (1989)

Louie Jeffries is happily married to Corinne. On their first anniversary, Louie is killed crossing the road. Louie is reincarnated as Alex Finch, and twenty years later, fate brings Alex and Louie's daughter, Miranda, together. It's not until Alex is invited to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Emile Ardolino
CAST:  Cybill Shepherd  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Mary Stuart Masterson  •  Christopher McDonald

Louie Jeffries is happily married to Corinne. On their first anniversary, Louie is killed crossing the road. Louie is reincarnated as Alex Finch, and twenty years later, fate brings Alex and Louie's daughter, Miranda, together. It's not until Alex is invited to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Emile Ardolino
CAST:  Cybill Shepherd  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Mary Stuart Masterson  •  Christopher McDonald

Faithful (1996)

A depressed housewife whose husband is having an affair contemplates suicide, but changes her mind when she faces death by a killer hired to do her in.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mazursky
CAST:  Cher  •  Chazz Palminteri  •  Ryan O'Neal  •  Paul Mazursky

A depressed housewife whose husband is having an affair contemplates suicide, but changes her mind when she faces death by a killer hired to do her in.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mazursky
CAST:  Cher  •  Chazz Palminteri  •  Ryan O'Neal  •  Paul Mazursky

The Main Event (1979)

Hillary Kramer, successful Perfume magnate awakes one morning to find that her accountant has robbed her blind and left for South America. Going through all of her remaining assets she finds a boxer, purchased as a tax write off. She decides to take Kid Natural, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Zieff
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  Ryan O'Neal  •  Paul Sand  •  Whitman Mayo

Hillary Kramer, successful Perfume magnate awakes one morning to find that her accountant has robbed her blind and left for South America. Going through all of her remaining assets she finds a boxer, purchased as a tax write off. She decides to take Kid Natural, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Zieff
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  Ryan O'Neal  •  Paul Sand  •  Whitman Mayo
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