- Sex appeal
- Well-Regarded in Private Life
- Comedic Ability
- Singing Ability (If applicable)
- Dancing Ability (If applicable)
- Risk-taker or Innovator
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The movie database for TMC indicates the date of death in 1994 but lists four appearances for Mr. ONeal starting in 2000.
Better than he's given credit for...
After recently viewing "Chamber of Horrors" (1966) and experiencing a wonderful, campy performance by Patrick O'Neal as Jason Cravette, it triggered an interest to take a look at his film and tv work once again. As a kid growing up in the 70s and 80s, he was a pretty familiar face and in the films when he was younger, even then, I thought he was rather cute. lol As an adult and taking a look at some of his work more recently, he is a much better actor than he is often given for. Granted, his films are not always top notch in general, but I have yet to see him give a bad performance. Some of his better films include Matchless, Secret Life of American Wife and Castle Keep. However, his role as Top Sgt Max in "King Rat" is absolutely wonderful. Watch his character's mental breakdown at the end of the film to see some marvelous acting. Such a performance, if not done correctly, could border on comic. However, in O'Neals' capable hands, it is an amazing piece of believable acting. O'Neal originated the role of Rev. Shannon in "Night of the Iguana" on Broadway in the early sixties. By all accounts of what I have read, it sounded absolutely brilliant. It's a shame that Richard Burton was chosen over O'Neal for the film version based on the accolades that O'Neals' characterization received at the time of the play. All in all, it's been a treat revisiting O'Neals worked as an actor. Still have a long way to go as he did a ton of stuff, but having fun every step of the way. And yes, I still love his eyes! He was a handsome devil in his day! :)
Patrick O'Neal was an amazing actor -- no matter the role, you always believed him in it. He had beautiful eyes, a distinctive voice, a sly wit and the savvy to be a successful businessman. He's greatly missed.