Former House speaker Tip O'Neill has more than proved that there is life and money after Congress. From his American Express ads to his new bestselling book, "Man of the House," O'Neill has been a hot property. He had his cameo in the popular television series "Cheers." And now it looks as though he'll be in a movie.

The Irish Press newspaper in Dublin is reporting that the 74-year-old politician will make his film debut as an American businessman in a movie being made in Ireland and starring Peter O'Toole. A tale of a haunted castle titled "High Spirits," the movie is the first by Irish director Neil Jordan since his critically acclaimed "Mona Lisa." The crew of the $14 million production will spend two weeks on location in Limerick. Who knows what the high-spirited O'Neill will do next. Larry King's Crusade Before his heart attack nearly seven months ago, all-night talker Larry King smoked more than three packs of cigarettes a day, sometimes puffing between bites as he ate. A heart attack can give a guy religion, and King, who hasn't had a cigarette since and sees himself as the poster boy for both the Heart and Lung associations, brought his new-found antismoking dedication to Congress yesterday. Referring to his 30-year habit, King testified before a House subcommittee in support of legislation to put tobacco products under the jurisdiction of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. King told the panel, chaired by Rep. James Florio of New Jersey, "If you are going to continue to allow this major cause of disease and death to be sold in this country, and there are good arguments that it shouldn't, then we need to begin to regulate it as we would other dangerous products. You'd be crazy to say it's not an addictive product ... If you don't know the danger, you're from Mars." Out and About Washington author John Greenya has signed a contract with U.S. News & World Report to produce a 128-page special edition of the magazine that will be published in conjunction with "The Next President," a 13-part television series hosted by David Frost. Greenya said the U.S. News edition will be published just before next year's presidential primaries and will be similar to the special edition the magazine published on Lt. Col. Oliver North during the Iran-contra hearings. Greenya's most recent books are "Blood Relations," "The Real David Stockman" and "Are You Tough Enough?" ...

Hospital report: Former Alabama governor George C. Wallace, who has had a continuing series of medical problems since being wounded in the 1972 assassination attempt, underwent cataract surgery Tuesday ...

Washington is going to be overflowing with Hollywood stars here for the Oct. 5 Actors' Fund of America dinner. The film industry event is being held here for the first time, mainly because it is one of the favorite charities of dinner chairwoman Betty Wright, wife of House Speaker Jim Wright. Movie legends Katharine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart are to be at the dinner to receive special awards. Among other stars scheduled to attend the $1,000-a-plate black-tie event at the Washington Hilton are Mary Martin, Helen Hayes, Christopher Reeve, Tony Randall, Colleen Dewhurst, Brooke Shields, Maureen O'Sullivan, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Jerry Orbach, Lynn Redgrave and Celeste Holm ...