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Ryan O’Neal is an Oscar-nominated actor known for films like Love Story, What’s Up, Doc?, Barry Lyndon and The Main Event.
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The charges were later dropped. The O'Neal family continued to make headlines, however, with the drug arrests of Redmond and Tatum in 2008.
Facing another personal crisis, O'Neal supported Fawcett as she battled her own cancer. Fawcett, with the help of friend Alana Stewart, documented her struggle with the disease. The footage later became the two-hour television special Farrah's Story, which aired in May 2009. O'Neal appeared on the television news show 20/20 to talk about Fawcett's struggle and how her illness had brought them closer together. He even said that he was going to marry Fawcett, but her condition deteriorated before that could happen.
On June 25, 2009, Fawcett succumbed to her illness. Even her funeral became a part of the O'Neal family drama. Ryan refused to allow son Griffin to attend the service because he had disparaged his father in the press. Griffin told the media that Ryan only wanted to marry Farrah for her money. Ryan also did not recognize his daughter Tatum when she came to pay her respects. Son Patrick was also in attendance.
The future is now uncertain for this once-prominent Hollywood actor. "There's nothing out there for me. I don't want to be somebody's grandfather . . . so I wait around—and dream," O'Neal once told People magazine. Whether he is able to resurrect his career or not, O'Neal and his family will remain popular with the media and the public, who are fascinated by this dysfunctional Hollywood dynasty.
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