|Born||Charles Eldridge O'Neal
January 6, 1904
Raeford, North Carolina, U.S.
|Died||August 29, 1996
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
|Other names||Blackie O'Neal|
|Spouse(s)||Patricia Ruth O'Callaghan (1940–1996)|
|Relatives||Tatum O'Neal (granddaughter)
Griffin O'Neal (grandson)
Patrick O'Neal (grandson)
Redmond O'Neal (grandson)
Charles Eldridge O'Neal (January 6, 1904 – August 29, 1996) was an American film and television screenwriter and novelist.
Life and career
Charles Eldridge O'Neal was born in Raeford, North Carolina, the son of Elizabeth Maude (née Belton) of English descent, and Charles Samuel O'Neal of Irish descent. He attended the University of Iowa, then moved to San Diego, where he joined an acting troupe that included his future wife, Patricia O'Callaghan. After publishing a short story in Esquire, he decided to forgo performing and turned to screenwriting mostly B-movies, among them The Seventh Victim, Cry of the Werewolf, The Missing Juror, I Love a Mystery, Montana, and Golden Girl. O'Neal's television credits include The 20th Century Fox Hour and The Untouchables. Together with Abe Burrows, O'Neal adapted his 1949 novel The Three Wishes of Jamie McRuin for the short-lived 1952 musical Three Wishes for Jamie. The production ran on Broadway March 21–June 7, 1952.
Selected feature film credits are listed in The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures.
- You're Telling Me (1942, credited as Charles O'Neil)
- The Seventh Victim (1943)
- The Missing Juror (1944)
- Cry of the Werewolf (1944)
- I Love a Mystery (1945)
- The Falcon's Alibi (1946)
- The Unknown (1946)
- The Devil's Mask (1946)
- Something in the Wind (1947)
- Return of the Bad Men (1948)
- Montana (1950)
- Mutiny (1952)
- Golden Girl (1952)
- Vice Squad (1953)
- Johnny Trouble (1957)
- The Alligator People (1959)
- Lassie's Great Adventure (1963)
- "Charles Eldridge O Neal". FamilySearch. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
- "Three Wishes for Jamie". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
- "Charles O'Neal; Novelist, Scriptwriter". Oliver, Myrna, Los Angeles Times, September 4, 1996. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
- Brady, Frank, Citizen Welles: A Biography of Orson Welles. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1989 ISBN 0-385-26759-2
- "The Hearts of Age". Frye, Brian L., Senses of Cinema, Issue 38, February 2006. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
- Charles O'Neal at the AFI Catalog of Motion Pictures. Retrieved 2014-02-18.