Cancer-Stricken Ryan O'Neal Admits He Was 'Bad Dad'

I have a big confession to make. I used to have the biggest crush on Ryan O'Neal. Seriously. Have you ever seen him in Paper Moon or Love Story? Or, my favorite (hey, I was just kid), The Main Event? This guy was smokin'! Oh, how the times have changed. Lately, Ryan is better known for his temper, his terrible parenting, and his arrest for drugs (which he claims belonged to his son Redmond.) Ryan is proof positive that you shouldn't pick your children's future father based on looks alone!

On The Today Show promoting his new memoir, Ryan looked like a broken man. He even had a bandage on his nose. He's also got prostate cancer. Asked by Matt Lauer whether he had been a "bad parent" to his four children, including Tatum O'Neal who starred with him in Paper Moon, Ryan said, "Looks like it, doesn't it? Sure looks like it. I suppose I was."

Yeah, maybe so. Three of his four kids have had addiction issues and been in and out of jail. He also admits in his memoir that he and the love of his life, Farrah Fawcett, used to "get physical" with each other -- and he doesn't just mean in the good sense.

Ryan was originally scheduled to talk to Today on Monday, but left the studios because he had what he thought was a "panic attack."

There's just something about Ryan that makes me feel sorry for him. Maybe it's just nostalgia for the guy I used to crush on as a kid. But, you know what, Ryan was there for Farrah all through her battle with cancer. He held her hand during her final moments. A guy who does that can't be all bad.

Here's Ryan. What do you think of him?

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jessi... jessicasmom1

awww I wish him the best .. what is the best .. maybe  him with Farrah

SuzyB... SuzyBarno

I seriously felt so bad for him. He was on The View today and he was supposed to be talking about his book and his relationship with Farrah and they were like "you have 4 children, 3 of which are fuck ups, how does that happen". Poor guy is sitting there with cancer and heartache. Give him a break, he may have been a bad father but his children made their beds so they have to lay in it. Free will.

Sammy... SammyMama

The whole thing is just sad, him and his kids.  I also had a major crush, thanks to Paper Moon.  Aw, Moz!  Just loved him - and Tatum.  As far as the kids making their beds, well, how old was she when she was in showbiz - 9, 10 yrs old??  How young was she introduced to drugs and alcohol?  Some stuff has got to be the parent's responsibility... clearly Ryan had his own demons to battle as well, so, yup, it's all just sad.  (can only imagine what Tatum's kids - with aggro john mcenroe are going to turn out like.)

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