Griffin O'Neal

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Griffin O'Neal
Born Griffin Patrick O'Neal
(1964-10-28) October 28, 1964 (age 53)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976–1992
Spouse(s) Rima Uranga
(m. 1989; div. 1991)

JoAnna Berry
(m. 2008)
Children 4
Parent(s) Ryan O'Neal
Joanna Moore
Relatives Tatum O'Neal (sister)
Patrick O'Neal (half-brother)
Redmond O'Neal (half-brother)

Griffin Patrick O'Neal (born October 28, 1964) is an American actor.

Early life[edit]

O'Neal was born in Los Angeles to actor Ryan O'Neal and his first wife, the late actress Joanna Moore (born Dorothy Joanne Cook).[1] He has one sister, Tatum, and two half brothers, Patrick and Redmond. His grandfather was novelist/screenwriter Charles "Blackie" O'Neal.[2]


Griffin O'Neal appeared in 11 movies between 1976 and 1992. Several of these were TV movies or films released directly to video.[3] He appeared in films including The Escape Artist, April Fool's Day, The Wraith, Assault of the Killer Bimbos, and Ghoulies III.

Film critic Vincent Canby of the New York Times wrote in 1982 that Griffin O'Neal "shares with his sister a natural screen presence."[4] Likewise, film critic Leonard Maltin wrote that Griffin O'Neal has a "pleasing screen presence".[5]


In 1986, Griffin O'Neal had a boating accident in Annapolis, Maryland that took the life of film producer Gian-Carlo Coppola.[6] O'Neal, who was piloting the boat, tried to pass between two other boats, unaware that they were connected by a towline. O'Neal barely had time to duck, but Coppola was struck by the towline and killed.[7] Prior to the accident, O'Neal was being directed by Francis Ford Coppola (Gian-Carlo's father) in the film Gardens of Stone, and afterward O'Neal asked to be replaced in the film.[8] He was convicted of negligently operating a boat, and received an 18-day jail sentence for not completing community service.[9][10]

In August 2011, while driving, O'Neal collided with another car. He was sentenced to 16 months in prison for driving under the influence of drugs in connection with that incident.[11]


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Nickelodeon Bicycle Boy
1982 The Escape Artist Danny Masters
1986 The Children of Times Square Rick TV movie
1986 April Fool's Day Skip
1986 The Wraith Oggie Fisher
1987 Hadley's Rebellion Hadley Hickman
1988 Assault of the Killer Bimbos Troy
1989 Night Children Blade
1989 Jesse Hawkes Cpl. Stevens Episode: "The Centurians"
1990 Return to Justice Bo Johnson
1991 Ghoulies Go to College Blane Alternate title: Ghoulies III
1992 Soulmates Brian


  1. ^ O'Neal, Tatum (2004). A Paper Life. Harper Entertainment. p. 14. ISBN 0-06-054097-4. 
  2. ^ O'Neal, Tatum (2004). A Paper Life. Harper Entertainment. p. 82. ISBN 0-06-054097-4. 
  3. ^ Kleinbaum, Josh, O'Neal Woes: Redmond Arrested, Griffin Injured, NBC San Diego, 3 August 2011
  4. ^ Canby, Vincent. The Escape Artist (1982): GRIFFIN O'NEAL (TATUM'S BROTHER) IN 'THE ESCAPE ARTIST', The New York Times (May 28, 1982).
  5. ^ Maltin, Leonard. Leonard Maltin's 2009 Movie Guide, page 418 (Penguin, 2008).
  6. ^ Coppola's Son Killed, O'Neal's Injured, United Press International via The Los Angeles Times (27 May 1986).
  7. ^ O'Neal, Tatum (2004). A Paper Life. Harper Entertainment. p. 158. ISBN 0-06-054097-4. 
  8. ^ Cowie, Peter. Coppola: a biography, pg. 208 (Da Capo Press, 1994)
  9. ^ Grossberg, Josh. "911 Calls Released in O'Neal Case", E! News (February 6, 2007), via
  10. ^ Associated Press, "Ryan O'Neal accused of assaulting his son", The Independent, February 5, 2007.
  11. ^ "Griffin O'Neal To Serve 16 Months For DUI, Crash", ABC10/, February 3, 2012.


  • Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 350-351.

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