Ron O'Neal

Ron O'Neal

  • Highest Rated: 92% Superfly (1972)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Hero and the Terror (1988)
  • Birthday: Sep 1, 1937
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The son of an erstwhile jazz musician, African-American actor Ron O'Neal was born in Utica and raised in Cleveland. At 18, O'Neal joined the latter city's Karamu House, an experimental interracial theatrical troupe. After nine years with Karamu House, O'Neal headed to New York, where in 1970 he won the Obie award for his performance in No Place to Be Somebody. Despite nominal stage stardom, O'Neal was an unknown quantity in films until exploding on the blaxploitation scene as the drug-dealing priest in the stylish action flick Superfly (1972). He both directed and starred in the sequel Superfly TNT (1973), and later directed 1991's Up Against the Wall. Ron O'Neal's series-TV credits include 1983's Bring 'Em Back Alive as the imperious Sultan of Jahoor, The Equalizer (1985-89) as Lt. Isadore Smalls, and the 1985 miniseries North and South.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet On the Edge Actor 2002
No Score Yet Rhapsody Actor 2001
No Score Yet On the Edge Frank Harris 2000
53% Original Gangstas Bubba 1996
No Score Yet Puppet Master V (Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter) Actor 1994
No Score Yet Up Against the Wall George Wilkes Director 1991
No Score Yet Hyper Space Actor 1989
0% Hero and the Terror Mayor 1988
No Score Yet Mercenary Fighters Cliff Taylor 1988
No Score Yet Trained To Kill Actor 1988
No Score Yet Death House Tom Boyle 1987
No Score Yet As Summers Die Daniel Backus 1986
46% Red Dawn Bella 1984
No Score Yet St. Helens Otis Kaylor 1983
No Score Yet The Sophisticated Gents Actor 1981
44% The Final Countdown Cmdr. Dan Thurman 1980
No Score Yet Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Actor 1980
38% When a Stranger Calls Lt. Charlie Garber 1979
No Score Yet A Force of One Rollins 1979
No Score Yet The Hitter Actor 1979
No Score Yet Freedom Road Francis Cardozo 1979
No Score Yet Brothers Walter Nance 1977
No Score Yet The Master Gunfighter Paulo 1975
No Score Yet Superfly T.N.T. Priest Director 1973
92% Superfly Youngblood Priest 1972
40% The Organization Joe Peralez 1971

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Wayans Bros.
1995-1999
Scully
  • 1999
No Score Yet Living Single
1993-1998
Synclaire's Father Clinton
  • 1997
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
Mercer Gilbert Dean Hewett
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1988
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Joe Santiago
  • 1988
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
Isaac Stubbs
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Equalizer
1985-1989
Lt. Isadore Smalls
  • 1986
No Score Yet Knight Rider
1982-1986
Agent
  • 1985
  • 1982
No Score Yet Angel Street
1992
Alan Forbes

QUOTES FROM Ron O'Neal CHARACTERS

Priest
Can you dig it?