Ryan O’Neal dies aged 82

He was remembered by many for his early career in the soap opera Peyton Place and his films such as Love Story, and for Paper Moon, where he starred opposite his daughter Tatum O’Neal. But for me, Barry Lyndon was the film that defined his career. Kubrick’s choice in casting him has been widely debated, and O’Neal reportedly did not enjoy the twelve months he spent on location with Kubrick, or the initial reception of the movie and his part in it.

But writer and filmmaker Bilge Ebiri, rates O’Neal’s performance highly

I think O’Neal gives an excellent performance, and I would direct anyone who does not agree to the scene where he faces his dying son on the deathbed. O’Neal’s performance is perfect — at first, averting his eyes, avoiding eye-contact, and then facing his son, trying to lie to him, telling him that he’s not going to die. Listen to the way he whispers his lines, and to the way his voice breaks as he does so. This kind of emoting without affecting is SO difficult, even for the finest actors, that I still have a hard time believing that he was acting in that scene. When he finally breaks up — it’s shattering, every time I watch it, and I’ve watched this scene many times. Also, note how well his delivery of the story of his heroics matches his earlier delivery of the same story. His intonations are the same, but this time he’s got tears in his eyes, and he can’t keep it up — his voice breaks up and he falls apart. O’Neal portrays this deterioration so well that it’s terrifying.

He is a Hollywood legend. Full stop,” O’Neal’s son Patrick wrote following his father’s death.