Ryan O’Neal’s younger brother dies at 77: Kevin O’Neal, who had a role in 1970’s Love Story, passes away of natural causes at his home in California
Ryan O’Neal’s younger brother has died at the age of 77 of natural causes.
Kevin O’Neal passed away in his sleep at his home in Thousand Oaks, California on Saturday, according to Ryan’s 55-year-old sportscaster son Patrick.
Like his older brother Ryan, 81 – who was in the massive hit films Paper Moon and Love Story – Kevin worked as an actor in Hollywood.
His most notable role was in 1958’s No Time For Sergeants.
Sad farewell: Ryan O’Neal’s younger brother has died at the age of 77 of natural causes in his sleep. Kevin O’Neal passed away on Saturday at his home in Thousand Oaks, California, according to Ryan’s son Patrick
He also worked with Ryan in some of his more successful films.
Kevin landed bit parts in the classic films Love Story in 1970, What’s Up Doc? in 1972 -in which he played a bicycle delivery boy – and The Thief Who Came to Dinner in 1973.
His death was announced by his nephew Patrick on social media.
‘My dad’s brother, Kevin O’Neal, died Saturday morning (1/28/23). My uncle passed in his sleep and didn’t suffer for which we are thankful,’ he wrote in an Instagram caption that went with some flashback photos of Kevin with Ryan.
The boys: Ryan, 81, and his brother Kevin seen in their youth in 1964
The good ole days: Joy Harmon, Kevin and Beau Bridges (l-r) play the greatly enlarged teenagers Merrie, Harry, and Fred, in the film Village of the Giants. Here they make a meal of tiny soda bottles and buckets of fried chicken in a theater
‘Kevin had a wicked sense of humor, just like his older brother, and we have his stories to keep him in our hearts forever,’ Patrick added.
‘When Kevin walked into a room you heard him before you saw him. That energy and personality is an old O’Neal trademark. Heaven better be ready for him!’
Kevin started acting in Hollywood in the early 1960s.
He popped up on The Danny Thomas Show, The Donna Reed Show, The Twilight Zone, My Tree Son and Wagon Train.
The classic film: Kevin had a bit part in his brother Ryan’s hit film Love Story from 1970 which also starred Ali MacGraw
The fame game: Ryan was also known for his long relationship with Farrah Fawcett of Charlie’s Angels fame. Seen in 1989 in New York City. Farrah died in June 2009
His biggest role came in 1964 No Time For Sergeants starring Andy Griffith.
Later he made appearances in the hit TV shows Gunsmoke, Bonanza and The Mod Squad.
And he played Yale opposite Elvis Presley in 1969 film The Trouble With Girls.
He stopped working in Hollywood in the late 1970s. His last film was 1975’s At Long Last Love with Burt Reynolds and Cybill Shepherd; he had a bit part as the telegram bellboy.
He is survived by son Garrett; brother Ryan; niece Tatum; and nephews Griffin and Patrick.
They worked together: He also worked with Ryan in some of his more successful film landing bit parts in Love Story in 1970, The Thief Who Came to Dinner in 1973 and What’s Up Doc? in 1972, in which he played a bicycle delivery boy. Seen in 1970
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