Patrick O'Neal Biography

Birthday: 1927-09-26
Place of Birth: Ocala, Florida
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Wiki Biography: Dark, dashing and coldly handsome with intense, penetrating eyes, Patrick O'Neal was known for walking that fine line between elegant heroics and elegant villainy during his five-decade career. Born in 1927 in Ocala, Florida, and of Irish descent, he served toward the end of WWII with the United States Army Air Corp and, in his late teens, was assigned to direct training shorts for the Signal Corps. A graduate of the University of Florida at Gainesville, he subsequently moved to New York and continued his dramatic studies at the Actor's Studio and Neighborhood Playhouse. O'Neal made an initial impact in the early 1950s when he replaced Tony Randall in the hit Broadway comedy "Oh, Men! Oh, Women!". Following a strong role in "The Far Country" (1961), he gave a superlative portrayal of the defrocked Reverend Shannon opposite Bette Davis and Margaret Leighton in Tennessee Williams' "The Night of the Iguana" later that year. Unfortunately for him, Richard Burton collared the role in its 1963 transition to film, The Night of the Iguana (1964). The attention nevertheless earned O'Neal both lead and support roles on camera, but most of those performances would be routine and, for the most part, overlooked. A capable player used regularly in 1960s films and 1970s television, he was usually cast as either a rugged trooper in the action adventures King Rat (1965) and Assignment to Kill (1968); a careerist sycophant in the naval spectacle In Harm's Way (1965); or as a flashy murderer in such gruesome yarns as Chamber of Horrors (1966), probably his best known film. In later years, it was almost strictly television movies and guest spots. His wife and brother owned several restaurants with him. He died in 1994 from respiratory failure while battling tuberculosis.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Appointment with Adventure 1955 Adventure
Dick and the Duchess Dick Starrett 1957 Comedy
In Harm's Way Commander Neal Owynn 1965 Drama
Kaz Samuel Bennett 1978 - 1979
Emerald Point N.A.S. Harlan Adams 1983 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Black Shield of Falworth Walter Blunt 1954 Adventure, Romance
From the Terrace 1960 Drama, Romance
Alvarez Kelly 1966
A Fine Madness 1966 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? 1968 Comedy
Companions in Nightmare 1968 Drama, Mystery
The Kremlin Letter 1970 Thriller
The Way We Were 1973 0
Like Father Like Son 1987 0
Q & A Kevin Quinn 1990 Crime, Drama
For the Boys 1991 Comedy, Drama, Music
Under Siege Capt. Adams 1992 Action, Thriller
A Table for One Brad 1999 Drama, Thriller
Just for the Time Being Billy Fischer 2000 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Right Temptation Carl 2001 Drama, Romance, Thriller