Charles O'Neal

Charles Eldridge O'Neal[1] (January 6, 1904 – August 29, 1996) was an American film and television screenwriter and novelist.

Charles O'Neal
Charles Eldridge O'Neal

(1904-01-06)January 6, 1904
DiedAugust 29, 1996(1996-08-29) (aged 92)
Other namesBlackie O'Neal
Patricia Ruth O'Callaghan
(m. 1940)
ChildrenRyan O'Neal
Kevin O'Neal
RelativesTatum, Griffin and Patrick O'Neal (grandchildren)

Life and career

Charles Eldridge O'Neal was born in Raeford, North Carolina, the son of Elizabeth Maude (née Belton) of English descent, and Charles Samuel O'Neal of Irish descent. He attended the University of Iowa, then moved to San Diego, where he joined an acting troupe that included his future wife, Patricia O'Callaghan. After publishing a short story in Esquire, he decided to forgo performing and turned to screenwriting mostly B-movies, among them The Seventh Victim, Cry of the Werewolf, The Missing Juror, I Love a Mystery, Montana, and Golden Girl. O'Neal's television credits include The 20th Century Fox Hour and The Untouchables. Together with Abe Burrows, O'Neal adapted his 1949 novel The Three Wishes of Jamie McRuin for the short-lived 1952 musical Three Wishes for Jamie. The production ran on Broadway March 21–June 7, 1952.[2]

O'Neal is the father of actor Ryan O'Neal and screenwriter/actor Kevin O'Neal and grandfather of Tatum, Griffin, Patrick, Redmond O'Neal. He died in Los Angeles, California at the age of 92.[3]

Selected filmography



Selected feature film credits are listed in The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures.[6]


O'Neal received the first Christopher Award for his debut novel The Three Wishes of Jamie McRuin (1949).[3]


  1. "Charles Eldridge O Neal". FamilySearch. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  2. "Three Wishes for Jamie". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  3. "Charles O'Neal; Novelist, Scriptwriter". Oliver, Myrna, Los Angeles Times, September 4, 1996. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  4. Brady, Frank, Citizen Welles: A Biography of Orson Welles. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1989 ISBN 0-385-26759-2
  5. "The Hearts of Age". Frye, Brian L., Senses of Cinema, Issue 38, February 2006. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  6. Charles O'Neal at the AFI Catalog of Motion Pictures. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
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