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Exclusive: Ryan O’Neal Says Stage 2 Prostate Cancer ‘Under Control’

David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Actor Ryan O’Neal is optimistic about the prognosis for his stage 2 prostate cancer recovery.  In an exclusive interview with ABC’s Nightline, O’Neal said his cancer, which is not stage 4 as previously reported, was “contained” and he is determined to fight it.

“I have it under control,” he told ABC’s Juju Chang. “I wasn’t prepared for it. I wasn’t ready for it. But you never are.”

O’Neal, nearly 71, who is known for his roles in films, including Love Story (1970) and Paper Moon (1973), and most recently his reoccurring role on the TV series Bones, said when he first learned of his cancer diagnosis, he thought, “Why me?”

“I just sort of chalked it up, you know, to bad luck,” he said.

O’Neal also revealed he has skin cancer — a melanoma — on his nose.

“Welcome to Malibu and the sun,” he said.

An actor and a trained boxer, O’Neal shared a beach house with actress Farrah Fawcett in Malibu for years during their romantic relationship. O’Neal wrote a memoir about his and Fawcett’s love story called Both of Us: My Life With Farrah, which will be published on May 1. Fawcett died of anal cancer in 2009.

It was Fawcett, he said, who taught him not to give up.

“Farrah taught me that — about fighting it, fight a good fight,” he said.

The next step in his prostate cancer treatment, O’Neal said, is cryopathy, a procedure where doctors try to stop the cancer from spreading by freezing the infected tissue to kill off the disease.

Each cancer diagnosis stage represents how advanced the disease has become. According to the National Cancer Institute, stage 2 cancers are usually “locally” advanced, where stage 4 cancers are almost always inoperable or have spread to multiple organs.

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Ryan O'Neal's Son Sentenced to Prison for Role in Car Crash

Comstock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan O'Neal's son Griffin O'Neal was sentenced Friday to 16 months in prison for his role in a car crash in San Diego County, California, last year that injured another driver, according to the Los Angeles Times. O'Neal, who's 47, had pleaded guilty to felony charges of driving under the influence and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Prosecutors said O'Neal had cocaine, marijuana and other drugs in his system when the crash occurred. He'd been on probation at the time for a 2007 drunken driving conviction.

O'Neal was arrested on New Year's Eve for alleged misdemeanor domestic battery in connection with an incident involving his wife.

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Ryan O'Neal's Son Griffin Arrested on Suspicion of Domestic Battery

Scott Kirkland/FilmMagic(SAN DIEGO) -- Ryan O'Neal's son Griffin O'Neal was in a San Diego jail Thursday following his arrest on New Year's Eve for alleged misdemeanor domestic battery. According to, a family member called 911 on Dec. 31 to report a disturbance stemming from a person having had too much to drink at O'Neal's Ramona, Calif. home. After speaking with witnesses, deputies determined that the 47-year-old O'Neal was being aggressive towards his wife. As of Thursday night, he was being held at San Diego Central Jail on $10,000 bail.

O'Neal is scheduled to be sentenced next week in connection with an unrelated case in which he drove under the influence of drugs last year, resulting in an accident that injured another driver.

Another of Ryan O'Neal's sons, Redmond O'Neal, has also had his share of legal problems due to a drug addiction.

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Ryan O’Neal Blames Family Drama on Oprah

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network(LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan O’Neal says he and daughter Tatum are more estranged than ever, and Oprah Winfrey is to blame.

“We only reconciled on the show, not in life,” the actor told TV Guide, referring to the eight part docu-series he and Tatum starred in on Winfrey’s newly-launced ”Oprah Winfrey Network” (OWN) earlier this summer.

“In fact we’re further apart now than when we started the show,” he said.  “So thanks, Oprah, for all your help.”

Father and daughter, who appeared together in the 1973 film Paper Moon, for which the then-10-year-old Tatum won an Oscar, endured a 25-year estrangement, much of it displayed in the public eye.

“In one word, pride,” Ryan told Good Morning America in June of what drove him and his daughter apart.  “I thought I had all the pride.  It turned out, no, there’s someone with more than me.”

The duo began talking again after the death of Ryan’s longtime girlfriend, actress Farrah Fawcett, in 2009, and agreed to star in the reality series for OWN that documented their attempts to work through the estrangement and improve their relationship.

Ryan & Tatum: The O’Neals, which premiered June 19, showed the pair in therapy sessions, celebrating Tatum’s birthday and traveling together to the Palm Springs Film Festival for a screening of Paper Moon.

“It was a way back when there weren’t many paths,” Ryan told GMA in June, of why he and Tatum turned to a reality show to repair their strained father-daughter bond.

It turns out the reality of those hopeful moments on the reality show were not so real, after all.

In clips from the show’s final episode in August, the two remain conflicted towards each other, even while agreeing to continue therapy.

Both Ryan and Tatum agreed on GMA, after filming for the show had wrapped, that their relationship remained “tenuous.”

“It’s a work in progress,” Tatum said on GMA. “Relationships are tricky.”

This is not the first time O’Neal has hit back against Oprah for her involvement, or lack thereof, in the show.

“I thought that was the thing -- that Oprah would be there and use her magic on us,” he told xfinityTV in June. “I thought she’d bless us and that would help. We spent New Year’s Eve with her, and she was very encouraging. Then we never saw her again. And haven’t heard from her. When she finished her show, I supposed she’d come by and talk to us, but they said no, she’s going on holiday.  So Tatum and I were left to deal with each other on our own.”

A spokesman for OWN had no comment.

Ryan O’Neal’s camp is now furiously backpedaling on the TV Guide quote.

“That is a very old statement that the magazine just published,” O’Neal’s spokesman, Arnold Robinson, told GMA.  “They are of course still working on strengthening their relationship, which is an on-going process.”

Robinson also noted that Tatum O’Neal joined her father in court a few weeks ago to offer support as her half-brother, Redmond, Ryan’s son with Fawcett, faced another drug charge.

Whatever the truth, life is more complicated than reality TV.  Perhaps there’s room for a sequel.

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Redmond O'Neal Arrested on Drug Charge, Again

ABC News(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) -- reports Redmond O'Neal has been arrested on a drug charge once again. The 26-year-old son of Ryan O'Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett was stopped by police in Santa Monica Tuesday morning for running a red light, at which time officers reportedly found heroin in his vehicle.

O'Neal, was booked for violating felony drug probation and for being in possession of a controlled substance, and was also ticketed for running the red light.  Though he was found to not be under the influence when he was arrested, he is being held without bail pending a court appearance on Thursday. O'Neal could land back in prison for the probation violation.

O'Neal has been battling addiction for years, and was sent to jail in 2009 after being caught with heroin in the visitor's parking lot of the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, California; a judge allowed him to temporarily leave jail so he could attend his mother's funeral after she died of cancer in June 2009.

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Ryan O'Neal Sues Former Farrah Fawcett Assistant

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan O'Neal is suing the personal assistant of his late partner Farrah Fawcett, claiming comments the assistant made to the media resulted in the University of Texas filing a suit against the actor last week.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the university is asking O'Neal to return an Andy Warhol portrait of Fawcett that it says belonged to the Charlie's Angels actress, who left her art collection to her alma mater upon her death in 2009. O'Neal now says the portrait belongs to him and that Craig Nevius falsely alleged that O'Neal stole it. O'Neal is seeking more than one million dollars in damages.

Nevius, who worked on a documentary about Fawcett's battle with cancer, tells he believes O'Neal's defamation lawsuit is an attempt to "harass me into silence." Nevius previously sued O'Neal over the documentary, claiming O'Neal interfered with his work, but the complaint was ultimately dismissed.

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