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O'Neal Compton

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Birth nameBelton O'Neal Compton
Birth dateFebruary 5, 1951(age 65)
Place of birthSumter, South Carolina, U.S.A.

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O'Neal Compton (born February 5, 1951) is an American film and television actor.

He was born Belton O'Neal Compton, Jr. in Sumter, South Carolina, the son of educators.

O’Neal Compton is best known as a character actor in films and television (Life, Nixon, Nell, Primary Colors, Deep Impact, Seinfeld, Diabolique.) He is also an award-winning writer, producer, photographer and director of television commercials.

Compton was badly injured (and partially paralyzed)in a fall while working in Florianopolis, Brazil in May, 2003, and had to stop working as an actor in films for a while. He has spent much of the last 5 years writing screenplays and a book about his life. He also writes a popular political blog, Hog.

O’Neal’s art photography has been featured in exhibitions at the Michael Hoppen Gallery (London), Castle Haggenberg (Vienna) and in private galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, New Orleans and South Carolina. His photographs hang in the collections of many celebrities including Morgan Freeman, Johnny Depp, Billy Bob Thornton, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sharon Stone, Elizabeth Taylor, John Travolta, Emma Thompson and Oliver Stone. O’Neal was commissioned by Jerry Seinfeld to create a series of his “slow speed” natural light portraits of the cast and crew in the last year of that show. Look for a documentary on abortion clinic escorts.

O’Neal attended Clemson University, The University of South Carolina, Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, and finally, Wofford College, where he discovered the Theater Department and was thus saved from a normal life. He has lived in New York, Los Angeles and Europe for most of 25 years and presently splits time between Columbia, Sumter and Charleston, South Carolina.

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