Ryan O'Neal has pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge and has recieved an 18-month drug deferment program, which if completed succesfully will allow him to be dismissed.
Ryan is in remission from Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia as of 2006.
Ryan's son Griffin was found guilty of reckless boating in 1 1986 accident that killed Gian-Carlo Coppola, son of famed director Francis Ford Coppola. Griffin received an 18 day jail sentence for not performing the 400 hours of assigned community service issued by the judge.
Ryan was asked to play opposite Diana Ross in The Bodyguard, but the project stalled and he went on to take roles in The Driver and The Main Event.
Ryan was a certified lifeguard before becoming an actor.
Ryan played a married man who was involved with Farrah Fawcett's character in the 1989 television mini-series that was based on a true story, Small Sacrifices.
Ryan starred opposite his daughter, Tatum O'Neal in Peter Bogdonovich's feature film Paper Moon.
Ryan's longest romantic relationship was with Farrah Fawcett. Though the couple never married, she stayed with him for 18 years, leaving in 1997 when she caught him with another woman. The couple reunited when Ryan was diagnosed with Leukemia. He then tended to her when she was diagnosed with Cancer in 2006, never leaving her side.
Ryan was relieved when the stalker that was following him was admitted to a hospital for mental care in April, 2002. Darlene Bonifacio met Ryan on a Greek Island, while on vacation. Upon return to the States, she turned up at the actor's Malibu home, throwing herself into his arms. When she refused to leave, the police were called, and she left after speaking with them, promising not to return. She returned two hours later, burst into the house, and climbed into his bed. She was taken away and underwent a pyschiatric evaluation.
Ryan was diagnosed with Leukemia on his 60th birthday. The former star of Love Story, co-star Ali MacGraw phoned him as soon as she heard the news. Ali played his Cancer-stricken love in their on-screen romance, and jokingly told him that she hoped that she hoped he didn't catch it from her.
Ryan's second wife, Leigh Taylor-Young was his co-star on the soap opera Peyton Place and in the film The Big Bounce.
Ryan's first wife was actress Joanna Moore, who had a supporting role in the Orson Welle's classic thriller Touch of Evil with Charlton Heston, and The Last Angry Man. Her career unfortunately faded into alcoholism after their divorce.
Ryan and his famous daughter, actress Tatum O'Neal are currently estranged, and have been for years. She appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to promote her book of memoirs, A Paper Life, but the interview turned into a rant about her father. Tatum calls him a 'hopeless grandfather' to her children.
Ryan's first job in a role was in the German television series Tales of the Vikings in 1959.
Ryan began his career in acting as a stunt double and a stand-in.
Ryan was made a star by his starring role opposite Ali MacGraw in the tear-jerker Love Story, but tarnished his reputation during the Academy Awards derby, by spreading a rumor that his opponent for 'Best Actor', Melvin Douglas, was anti-Semittic.
Ryan once served two months in jail for a physical assault charge in his teen years.
Ryan has had a long list of romances, including: Melanie Griffith, Bianca Jagger, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, and Leigh Taylor-Young.
Ryan was a Golden Gloves boxer from 1956-57, with an amateur record of 18-4, with 13 knock-outs.
Ryan's father was Charles 'Blackie' O'Neal, a novelist and talented screenwriter, who wrote for the television series The Untouchables, as well as the film adaptation of I Love A Mystery starring Nina Foch. His mother, actress Patricia O'Neal performed most of her work on stage, but had small roles in the thriller Rosemary's Baby and What's Up Doc?.
In February 2007, Ryan was arrested after fighting with his son, Griffin, at his home. During the fight, Ryan discharged a gun. A female friend of Griffin's was taken to hospital after being injured during the fight. Ryan was released after a few hours after posting $75,000 bail.
Ryan said in print that his costar in his television series Miss Match Alicia Sliverstone was the daughter he "should have had" opposed to his famous daughter Tatum O'Neal and he also added "But we can't always get what we want".
Ryan attended high school at University High School in Los Angeles, California.
Ryan was the original consideration for the role of Rocky Balboa in the 1976 film Rocky. However Rocky script writer Sylvester Stallone had sold the film rights on the condition that he got to play the title role and so he ended up with the part.
Ryan was considered for the role of Michael Corleone in the 1972 crime drama The Godfather but the role went to Al Pacino.
Ryan's salary for playing Eddie 'Kid Natural' Scanlon in the 1979 comedy/sport flick The Main Event was $1,000,000.
Ryan: I would like to re-establish a relationship with my daughter Tatum, I do love her. It is unfortunate that this falling out has been played out in the public eye, it is a personal issue. I do understand, however, that it is her own doing, and I can't silence what she feels is valid news.
Ryan: (about his dear friend Farrah Fawcett recovering from cancer) She was stunned by the reaction, the positive feedback, the feelings that have manifested themselves, she had no idea that anyone still remembered her like that. She weeps. She sees this wonderful correspondence -- people with their own stories, people with faith and hope for her -- and that gives her her own personal strength.