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Love Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

ryanoneal.jpgActor Ryan O’Neal, famous for his one episode arc on “Leave it to Beaver” brief movie-stardom in the 1970s — which included stealing Lee Majors’ wife, Farah Fawcett, and accidentally killing Francis Ford Coppola’s son in 1986 — was arrested over the weekend for threatening his own son with a gun.

The specifics of the story are sketchy, but as O’Neal recounts it, he arrived home on Saturday night after celebrating Fawcett’s 60th birthday only to discover his son, Griffin, was visiting. Allegedly, Griffin (who has a history of drug and alcohol abuse, and who wouldn’t in his circumstances?) got angry and started swinging a fireplace poker at his father, accidentally hitting his own pregnant wife in the head.

According to O’Neal, he got nervous, fled to his room and got a gun. When his son came barreling after him with the poker, O’Neal fired his gun into the banister (either that, or O’Neal was just drunk and missed). Either way, Griffin got the hell out, and now O’Neal is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon and negligent discharge. He was released on a $50,000 bond. There is no record of what provoked Griffin to start swinging the fireplace poker, but his girlfriend was treated for minor injuries.

It is not, however, the first time that O’Neal and his son have come to blows; in 1982, O’Neal knocked out a few of Griffin’s teeth during a dispute. On this occasion, O’Neal claims he was acting in self-defense.

Still, you have to admire O’Neal’s direct approach here; instead of finding another fireplace poker and engaging in a bit of poker fencing, he got right down to business. And really, what says you love your son more than a warning shot from a pistol?

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I'm pretty sure Marvin Gaye would have been pretty happy to get just a warning shot from his dad.

It was Griffin who killed Coppala's son.