‘Love Story’ Actor Ryan O’Neal Dead at 82

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Academy Award nominated actor Ryan O’Neal died on Friday at 82, his son Patrick O’Neal announced.

O’Neal was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Harvard preppie Oliver, whom he portrayed opposite actress Ali McGraw (Jenny) in the 1970 film “Love Story.”

O’Neal, who was a major heartthrob of the 1970s, went on to have a number of hits, including “What’s Up, Doc?” (1972), “Paper Moon” (1973) with his then 9-year-old daughter Tatum O’Neal, the war film “A Bridge Too Far” (1977), and “The Main Event” (1979) in which he played a prize fighter and co-starred with Barbara Streisand.

The actor’s big break came when he landed the role of Rodney Harrington on the 1960s television series “Peyton Place,” a prime time soap opera based on the novel of the same name.

Most recently, O’Neal had a recurring role of the television show “Bones,” with his last appearance coming in 2017, according to IMDb.

The Hollywood Reporter said that O’Neal had been diagnosed with chronic leukemia in 2001 and prostate cancer in 2012.

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