Plus, his son, Griffin O'Neal, reveals a violent, philandering side of dad on Larry King.
Like the butt of a sordid sex joke, Ryan O'Neal reveals in Vanity Fair's upcoming September issue that he accidentally hit on his own daughter while at Farrah Fawcett's funeral.
"I had just put the casket in the hearse and was watching it drive away, when a beautiful blond woman comes up and embraces me," O'Neal said in the interview. "I said to her, 'You have a drink on you? You have a car?' She said, 'Daddy, it's me—Tatum!'" (Tatum O'Neal is Ryan's daughter from his first marriage to actress Joanna Moore.) "I was just trying to be funny with a strange Swedish woman, and it's my daughter," the 68-year-old actor continued. "It's so sick."
Hear that sound? That's everyone's sympathy for Ryan O'Neal deflating faster than a popped balloon.
In the months leading up to Farrah Fawcett's death, the Oscar-nominated actor's image was that of a devoted companion. O'Neal's 30-year relationship with Fawcett earned the couple comparisons to other happily unmarried pairings such as Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. He even promised to marry the dying actress, though Farrah passed before they were able to tie the knot. Read: 10 Famously Unwed Couples
However, in light of this recent confession and a damaging exposé from his son, Griffin O'Neal, a more violent and disreputable side of Ryan O'Neal has recaptured the headlines. In an emotional interview with Larry King on Monday night, Griffin talked about the turbulent O'Neal family and brutal confrontations with his estranged father. Ryan and three of his children, including Griffin, have all been treated for drug addiction, with Redmond currently imprisoned for violating probation.
"I call him Ryan now. I've had to let go of him as being my dad, not that he was ever really a dad," began Griffin, whose mother is also Joanna Moore.
"[Farrah] walked in on him and he was with some other woman," he said to King. "I know this for a fact. She told me. He forgot. He locked every lock in the house, except he forgot that she had a remote control for the garage, and there she is." Read: Farrah Fawcett Passes; Ryan O'Neal's Statement
Perhaps even more graphic, is Griffin’s description of a February 2007 confrontation in which Ryan allegedly attacked Griffin and his wife with a firepoker.
"And as he's swinging back—he hits my [wife] in the face, crushing four bones in her cheeks, put nine stitches above her head. He glances at her. I grab the poker and I say, don't. Of course, all 237 pounds of him, he falls on my eight and a half month pregnant wife, right on her stomach. I grabbed the poker out of his hand and said don't move. I will bury this in your head. Don't move. My dad is a very, very, very violent man."
All in all, it has been a very ugly airing of dirty laundry for the O'Neal clan this weekend. And it seems as though Ryan O'Neal has acknowledged some of his personal demons to Vanity Fair:
"I would have been much kinder, more understanding, more mature. I'd lose some of the savagery," O'Neal says, looking back on his relationship with Farrah. "I don't know how she got cancer. Maybe some of it was me." Read: Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal: Epic Love Story
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