Charles Patrick Ryan O'Neal, better known as Ryan O'Neal, is an American television and film actor.
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, for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as Best Actor, Paper Moon, Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon, and A Bridge Too Far. Since 2007, he has had a recurring role in the TV series Bones.
O'Neal has been married twice and has four children. His eldest child, Tatum, is an Academy Award-winning actress. He was also in a long-term relationship with actress Farrah Fawcett from 1979 to 1997, and from 2001 until her death in 2009.