His parents helped him land his first job in the entertainment industry as a stuntman on the German television series , based on the best-selling novel by Grace Metalious, explored the darker side of several families living in a suburban New England town.
It was a huge hit with television audiences, and its popularity helped launch O' Neal's career and the career of cast member Mia Farrow.
In the late 1950s, O' Neal and his family moved to Germany for his father's job writing broadcasts for Radio Free Europe.
O' Neal finished up his schooling at the Munich American High School, graduating in 1959.
Actor Patrick Ryan O' Neal was born on April 20, 1941, in Los Angeles, California.