Patrick O'Neal (actor)
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|Patrick O'Neal (actor)|
O'Neal in 1968
|Born||Patrick Wisdom O'Neal
September 26, 1927
Ocala, Florida USA
|Died||September 9, 1994
New York, New York USA
|Spouse(s)||Cynthia Baxter (1956-1994) (his death) 2 children|
O'Neal was born in Ocala, Florida to Martha and Coke Wisdom O'Neal. He was a graduate of the University of Florida in Gainesville. During World War II, he directed short training films while in the US Army Air Corps. After his military stint, he moved to New York and studied at the Actors Studio and Neighborhood Playhouse.
O'Neal was seen mostly as a guest star on US television throughout four decades, beginning in the 1950s. In the early 1960s he received critical praise for his leading role on Broadway in Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana but lost the starring role for the 1964 film version to Richard Burton. O'Neal appeared in several films of the mid-1960s. In 1969 he had a leading role in John Huston's The Kremlin Letter, and was featured the 1973 hit The Way We Were.
With his wife and his brother Michael, O'Neal co-owned a number of successful restaurants, including the Ginger Man (later O'Neal's Restaurant) and the Landmark Tavern, both in Manhattan.
Personal life and death
O'Neal married actress Cynthia Baxter in 1956. They had two sons, Maximilian and Fitzjohn.
Suffering from cancer and tuberculosis, O'Neal died on September 9, 1994 of respiratory failure at Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Center in New York City. He was 66 years old. His brother Michael still lives in New York.
- Thriller (UK TV series)
- The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse
- Appointment with Adventure (1955–1956, CBS, 2 episodes)
- Dick and the Duchess (1957–1958). He appeared with Hazel Court in a CBS sitcom set in London about an American insurance claims investigator married to a patrician Englishwoman.
- One Step Beyond (1959)... Episode: "The Return of Mitchell Campion"
- Diagnosis: Unknown (1960) with Chester Morris, Phyllis Newman, and Martin Huston
- Naked City (1962)
- The Twilight Zone (1963)... Episode: "A Short Drink From a Certain Fountain"
- Outer Limits (1964)... Episode: "Wolf 359" as Jonathan Meridith
- Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1964)...Episode: "Bed of Roses"
- Night Gallery (1971) Episode: "A Fear of Spiders"
- Columbo: Blueprint For Murder (Feb 1972)... as Elliot Markham
- Cannon: Staekout (Nov 1972)...as Arlo Hemming
- Doris Day Show: (1972-1973)......as Jonathan Rusk
- Columbo: Make Me A Perfect Murder (1978)... as Frank Flanagan
- Kaz (1978-1979)
- Emerald Point N.A.S. (1983-1984)
- War Chronicles. (1984-1987)
- Perry Mason Returns (1985)
- Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal (1993)
- The Mad Magician (1954)
- The Black Shield of Falworth (1954)
- From the Terrace (1960)
- The Cardinal (1963)
- In Harm's Way (1965)
- King Rat (1965)
- Chamber of Horrors (1966)
- Alvarez Kelly (1966)
- A Fine Madness (1966)
- Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968)
- The Secret Life of an American Wife (1968)
- Assignment to Kill (1968)
- Matchless (1968)
- Castle Keep (1969)
- Stiletto (1969)
- The Kremlin Letter (1970)
- Corky (1972)
- The Way We Were (1973)
- Silent Night, Bloody Night (1974)
- The Stepford Wives (1975)
- The Stuff (1985)
- Like Father Like Son (1987)
- Q & A (1990)
- Alice (1990)
- For the Boys (1991)
- Under Siege (1992)
- Pace, Eric (September 14, 1994). "Patrick O'Neal, 66, an Actor And Manhattan Restaurateur". New York Times.