Born September 26, 1927, in Ocala, FL; died of respiratory failure, September9, 1994, in New York, NY. Actor and director. Educated at the University ofFlorida and trained for the stage at the Actors Studio and the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, O'Neal was an accomplished stage, film, and television actor. He first gained wide critical and public attention with his portrayal of Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon in Tennessee Williams's Night of the Iguana, a role he first played in Spoleto, Italy, in 1959, and went on to play on Broadway. From 1957 to 1958 O'Neal starred in the television mystery seriesDick and the Duchess, and was a regularly featured performer in other television series, including Diagnosis: Unknown, KAZ, and Emerald Point N.A.A. O'Neal served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1953, and in 1963 he opened TheGinger Man, the first of several New York City-area restaurants, named afterthe play The Ginger Man, in which he played the lead off-Broadway. O'Neal's film credits include In Harm's Way, King Rat, The Kremlin Letter, Corky, The Way We Were, Silent Night, Bloody Night, and The Stepford Wives. He also directed the film Circle Back in 1970.