Ryan O’Neal’s younger brother and the uncle of Tatum O’Neal dies aged 77

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The lesser-known actor and younger brother of Ryan O’Neal, Kevin, has died at the age of 77.

The Hollywood Reporter announced the death of the actor on Tuesday, January saying the actor best known for appearing alongside Elvis Presley in “Trouble with Girls” had been a regular on ABC’s sitcom “No time for sergeants.”

O’Neal portrayed Private Ben Whitledge on the show, which premiered on Broadway, but only lasted one season. The 1964-65 comedy was produced by George Burns’ production company and Warner Bros.

He also appeared in Love Story, What’s up Doc and The Mechanic.

Kevin never achieved the same box office success that his brother Ryan did, however, they are believed to have remained close until the end.

O’Neal who is believed to have died in his sleep of natural causes at this home in Thousand Oaks is survived by Ryan, his son, Garrett; niece Tatum O’Neal, the Oscar-winning actress; nephew Griffin O’Neal, also an actor; and nephew Patrick O’Neal, a broadcaster for Bally Sports West.

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