Ryan O’Neal: Tributes pour in for ‘Love Story,’ ‘Paper Moon’ star

Ryan O'Neal

Tributes poured in from family, friends and co-stars after learning of the death of actor Ryan O’Neal on Friday.

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O’Neal, 82, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1970′s “Love Story” and starred with his daughter in “Paper Moon” three years later. He also starred in “Barry Lyndon” and also appeared in “What’s Up Doc?” with Barbra Streisand. The actor also was a regular on the prime-time soap opera “Peyton Place” for five years.

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry,” uttered by O’Neal in “Love Story,” is one of the more memorable lines in film history.

“I feel great sorrow with my father’s passing,” O’Neal’s daughter, Oscar-winning actress Tatum O’Neal, told People. “He meant the world to me. I loved him very much and know he loved me too. I’ll miss him forever and I feel very lucky that we ended on such good terms.”

Ali MacGraw, who starred with O’Neal in “Love Story,” paid tribute in a statement released Saturday, according to CNN.

“He was a skilled actor, charming and funny too. I know that a huge part of my success was due to his generosity as my co-star. It has been devastating to know just how ill Ryan has been for many years now, and I was not surprised to learn that he had passed away,” MacGraw said. “Thankfully, he was surrounded by his son Patrick and a small group of lifelong, close friends. My heart goes out to all four of his children and to the people who loved him most.”

Actress Mia Farrow, who co-starred on “Peyton Place” with Ryan O’Neal, called the actor her “first, very secret crush” in an Instagram post.

“I was 18 when we made the pilot for Peyton Place. He was several years older than me, happily married to a gorgeous actress Joanna Moore and they had a new baby (Tatum). He was so confident and very, very funny!” Farrow wrote. “There were times when he made me laugh so uncontrollably that we had to stop shooting. He was my first, very secret crush. I was so shy I could barely look at him.”

On Twitter, formerly known as X, Farrow tweeted, “Rest in peace dear Ryan.”

Streisand reacted to O’Neal’s death in a tweet, noting that the actor was “funny and charming.”

“So sad to hear the news of Ryan O’Neal’s passing,” Streisand wrote. “We made two films together, ‘What’s Up, Doc?’ and ‘The Main Event.’ He was funny and charming, and he will be remembered.”

Actress Lee Grant called O’Neal “an incredible talent, an incredible beauty.”

“A gift of an artist we’re lucky to have so much of captured forever,” Grant tweeted.

No cause of death has been released, according to The New York Times. It is also unclear where he died.

Ryan O’Neal was diagnosed with chronic leukemia in 2001 and prostate cancer in 2012, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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