The violent altercation that Ryan O’Neal had with his son Griffin was only the beginning of their complex relationship

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On December 8, 2023, 82-year-old Ryan O’Neal passed away. O’Neal’s life was abruptly ended by cancer after a protracted fight that left him with a very complex existence despite having a very successful film and boxing career. Dad’s son Patrick O’Neal revealed the news of Dad passing on Instagram. Patrick called his father his idol and praised him in the message. None of Patrick’s half-siblings or siblings agreed with this, the most minor of all Griffin.

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Griffin O’Neal was born out of Ryan’s union with the actress Joanna Moore like his sister Tatum. Tatum’s relationship with her scandal-plagued father was far from ideal, while Griffin’s was poisonous. This comprised, at the very least, two very violent altercations that served as a preview of the severity of the situation between the two.

The terrible relationship between Ryan O’Neal and his son Griffin included violent altercations.

Ryan O’Neal has four children, and each of them has experienced grief, addiction, and pain. This includes Redmond O’Neal, his youngest, who battles addiction. Griffin, his elder half-brother, is similarly affected. People claimed that Griffin had grown up surrounded by alcohol and drugs. He declared himself to be the family’s “joint roller”. In addition to his father’s addiction, Joanna Moore, his mother, also struggled with substance abuse. This came after a tumultuous upbringing, a relationship with her ex-husband, and a challenging career in Hollywood.

Ryan O’Neal family

Children of Ryan O’Neal (per People)

Who is their mother?

O’Neal Tatum

Joan Moore

O’Neal Griffin

Joan Moore

O’Neal Patrick

Young Leigh Taylor

Redmond Neal

Fawcett, Farrah

“My life has been a reign of drug and alcohol degradation,” Griffin O’Neal stated in a People interview from 2015.

“I’ve always had to take painkillers on my own since I was in constant discomfort. My family lived with drugs all day, every day, all over the place. Tatum and I were going through a difficult period in the 1960s and 1970s.”

People claim that Griffin was sucked into a drug addiction at the incredibly young age of nine. By the time Griffin completed his high school education, he had already spent two years in rehab. A common belief is that Ryan wasn’t a good father since Griffin had easy access to drugs and alcohol when he was younger. Aside from being “hands-on,” Ryan has stated in several interviews that he wasn’t “great” at being a father.