gained attention and the hearts of television viewers as the preppy
Rodney Harrington on the long running series "Peyton Place."
After more than 500 episodes he drifted into a number of small
film projects before having the good fortune to land the lead
in "Love Story" (1970), a hit film that made him a star
and earned him a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance.
O'Neal made a number of other successful films in the seventies
including, "What's Up Doc?" "Paper Moon,"
(which co-starred daughter Tatum), "Barry Lyndon" and
"The Main Event."
O'Neal always had a talent for fighting and
became a Golden Gloves competitor as well as a stuntman. Other
film credits include, "Fever Pitch," "Irreconcilable
Differences," "Partners," "So Fine,"
"Green Ice," "Oliver's Story," "The Driver,"
"A Bridge Too Far," "Nickelodeon," "The
Thief Who Came To Dinner" and "Wild Rover."
More recently he has starred in "Faithful,"
and "Chances Are" which co-starred Cybill Shepherd and
Robert Downey Jr.
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