Jeremiah "Jerry" O'Connell (born February 17, 1974) is an American actor, best known for his roles in the TV series Sliders, Andrew Clements in My Secret Identity, Vern Tessio in the film Stand by Me, Charlie Carbone in Kangaroo Jack, and Detective Woody Hoyt on the drama Crossing Jordan.
O'Connell was born in New York City, the son of Linda (née Witkowski), an art teacher, and Michael O'Connell, an advertising agency art director. His maternal grandfather, Charles S. Witkowski, was the mayor of Jersey City, NJ. O'Connell is of Irish descent on his father's side and Polish ancestry on his mother's. O'Connell was raised in Manhattan with his younger brother, Charlie O'Connell, also an actor. O'Connell began his acting career at a young age. As a child, he did commercial work for Duncan Hines cookies. Shortly after at the age of eleven, he landed his first feature film role as the character Vern Tessio in Rob Reiner's Stand by Me. As a teenager, he starred in the Canadian TV series My Secret Identity from 1988–91, and attended Manhattan's Professional Children's School.
O'Connell attended New York University (NYU) from 1991 to 1994, majoring in film. While there, he studied screen writing and competed on the NYU fencing team, serving a stint as captain of the sabre squad. However, he left NYU several credits short of graduation in 1999.
O'Connell starred in the sci-fi sitcom My Secret Identity from 1988-1991 as the teen hero who develops superhuman traits. During a summer break from NYU, Jerry starred in the feature film Calendar Girl alongside Jason Priestley and Gabriel Olds. He also appeared in the short-lived ABC sitcom, Camp Wilder with Jay Mohr and Hilary Swank in 1992. In his Junior year, O'Connell auditioned for the TV pilot Sliders. He was offered the role of Quinn Mallory in the series, which ran for three seasons on Fox and two seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel. He served as producer during his fourth and final season, and is credited with writing and directing several episodes.
O'Connell has since gone on to star in such movies as Jerry Maguire, Body Shots, Mission to Mars, Tomcats, Scream 2, and Kangaroo Jack. O'Connell has also tried his hand at screenwriting and sold his first screenplay, for First Daughter, to New Regency in 1999. The film was released in 2004 by 20th Century Fox-based Davis Entertainment. O'Connell served as executive producer on the film, which starred Katie Holmes and Michael Keaton.
O'Connell starred as Detective Woody Hoyt on the NBC crime drama Crossing Jordan (2001) until its cancellation, and was engaged to TV personality Giuliana DePandi. He starred opposite her in the Ugly Betty episode "Derailed". O'Connell has also starred as Hoyt in several episodes of Las Vegas. In 2004, he wore a diaper on Last Call with Carson Daly, during a mock commercial skit for the GoodNites bedwetting product. The National Enquirer caught him filming the skit and printed a photo of him in his diaper.
His younger brother Charlie O'Connell, an alumnus of NYU who was most recently seen as The Bachelor, is also an actor who has appeared with Jerry in several productions, usually playing the brother of Jerry's character, such as in Sliders and Crossing Jordan.
In early 2008, O'Connell acted in a widely circulated Internet video parody of the leaked Tom Cruise video on Scientology. He also co-wrote and appeared in a video parody called "Young Hillary Clinton," satirizing Hillary Clinton's 2008 primary campaign. On February 2, 2008, O'Connell hosted VH1's Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash, which aired the night before Super Bowl XLII and featured musical guests Maroon 5 and Mary J. Blige. On April 28, 2008, O'Connell appeared as a guest star on ABC's Samantha Who?.
Jerry appeared in Eastwick on ABC, alongside his wife who starred in the series. Jerry played a good man hiding a horrible secret. His character was a single father, a widower, with a young son who is a part of this secret. Kat was drawn to him, and she was put in danger as a result.
O'Connell co-starred with David Tennant in the pilot for legal drama Rex Is Not Your Lawyer which NBC has placed under consideration for the fall season, though earlier reports suggested a spring 2010 airing. This has led to premature rumors of the show's demise, as instigated by Michael Ausiello.
A self-proclaimed "Super Super Fan" of The Howard Stern Show, O'Connell placed last in the "Celebrity" version of the "Super Fan Contest" that took place on May 13, 2008. His opponents were Jimmy Kimmel and Jeff Probst. Kimmel ultimately won the contest by a large margin.
After weeks of officially stating that the couple was "trying" to get pregnant, a publicist for the pair confirmed that Romijn was pregnant with twin girls. When talking about having children, O'Connell said "I am excited I am having girls. I know guys are supposed to say, 'I want a boy. I want to play baseball,' but I think I'm going to be good raising girls...I can't wait. They're going to be tough chicks. They're only having sex when I'm dead. If they don't date boys at all and just want to be infatuated with their father, that's what I'm really going for. The nunnery!" O'Connell and Romijn welcomed their twin girls, Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip, on December 28, 2008.
|1986||Stand by Me||Vern Tessio|
|1988||Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach||Kid at beach||Uncredited|
|1993||Calendar Girl||Scott Foreman|
|Jerry Maguire||Frank Cushman|
|1998||Can't Hardly Wait||Trip McNeely||Uncredited|
|1999||Body Shots||Michael Penorisi|
|Mission to Mars||Phil Ohlmyer|
|2002||The New Guy||Highland Party Twin|
|Buying the Cow||David Collins|
|2003||Kangaroo Jack||Charlie Carbone|
|2004||Fat Slags||Sean Cooley|
|2005||Yours, Mine and Ours||Max/Mac|
|Man About Town||David Lilly|
|Room 6||Lucas Dylan|
|2008||The Parody Video Tom Cruise Wants You to See||Tom Cruise||Short film|
|2009||Baby on Board||Curtis|
|2010||Piranha 3-D||Derrick Jones|
|1987||The Room Upstairs||Carl||1 episode|
|1988||The Equalizer||Bobby||Episode: "The Child Broker"|
|Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss||Ralph Parker||TV movie|
|1988-91||My Secret Identity||Andrew Clements||Cast member|
|1989||Charles in Charge||David Landon||Episode: "The Organization Man"|
|1992||Camp Wilder||Brody Wilder||Episode: "See Spot Go"|
|1995||The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky||Mac||TV movie|
|Blue River||Lawrence Sellars|
|1995-99||Sliders||Quinn Mallory||Cast member|
|1999||The 60's||Brian Herlihy||TV movie|
|2001||Night Visions||Andy||Episode: "Rest Stop"|
|2002||Going to California||Pete Rossock||Episode: "Searching For Eddie Van Halen"|
|Rome Fire||Ryan Wheeler||TV movie|
|2002-7||Crossing Jordan||Detective Woody Hoyt||Cast member|
|2003||MADtv||Ted Levin||Episode: 8.12|
|2004||Without a Trace||Joe Gibson||Episode: "Hawks and Handsaws"|
|The Screaming Cocktail Hour||Singer||TV series|
|2004-6||Las Vegas||Detective Woody Hoyt||5 episode|
|2005||Justice League Unlimited||Captain Marvel||Episode: "Clash"|
|2007||On the Lot||Jerry 'The Move'||Episode "6 Cut to 5 & 5 Directors Compete"|
|Ugly Betty||Joel||Episode: "Derailed"|
|The Batman||Nightwing||2 episodes: "The Metal Face of Comedy", "Artifacts"|
|2008||Samantha Who?||Craig||Episode: "The Gallery Show"|
|Do Not Disturb||Neal||6 episodes|
|2009||Midnight Bayou||Declan Fitzpatrick||TV movie|
|Eastwick||Colin Friesen||Episode: "Magic Snow and Creepy Gene"|
|2010||The Defenders||Pete Kaczmarek||CBS, Wednesday, 10 p.m. ET/PT|
- Sliders (1997) TV series - "Stoker"
- Sliders (1999) TV series - "Slidecage", "Lipschitz Live," "Data World", "Roads Taken"
- ↑ Jerry O'Connell Biography (1974-)
- ↑ Script error
- ↑ Mollie Lobl (2007-11-29). "He Might Be on Television, but Don’t Be Intimidated—He Also Went to NYU". Columbia Spectator.
- ↑ "THAT ALL DEPENDS ...". People. 2004-11-08. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
- ↑ "In-Depend-Ence". Jerry O'Connell Fansite. 2004-11-27. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
- ↑ "Photos from [[Last Call with Carson Daly]]". Jerry O'Connell Fansite. 2004-11-29. Retrieved 2008-01-27. URL–wikilink conflict (help)
- ↑ Jerry Connell Parody of Tom Cruise Scientology Video
- ↑  Campaign satire: 'Young Hillary Clinton' explains HRC campaign to us as if we were 10 years old]
- ↑ Breaking News - Mary J Blige, Maroon 5 Touch Down in Glendale, Arizona to Perform at 'The VH1 Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash' Premiering on Saturday, February 2 at 9 PM* | TheFutonCritic.com
- ↑ Live Review: Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash with Mary J. Blige, Maroon 5 >> LiveDaily
- ↑ http://www.fox.com/programming/shows/new/donotdisturb.htm
- ↑ http://www.popeater.com/television/article/do-not-disturb-cancelled-already/189075
- ↑ Natalie Abrams. "Death, Jerry O'Connell Come to Eastwick". TVGuide.com.
- ↑ Jerry O'Connell Goes Wild on the Set of Piranha
- ↑ Hot Chicks in Bikinis Going 'Wild, Wild' with Jerry O'Connell on the Set of 'Piranha'!
- ↑ Jerry O'Connell to co-star in NBC pilot
- ↑ Exclusive: 'Rex Is Not Your Lawyer' DOA at NBC?
- ↑ Ulrica Wihlborg (2007-07-15). "Rebecca Romijn Weds Jerry O'Connell". People.
- ↑ Mayor Charles Witkowski of Jersey City pictures from history photos on webshots
- ↑ The Political Graveyard: Polish ancestry Politicians
- ↑ MarksFriggin.com, 2008-05-13
- ↑ http://www.celebrity-babies.com/2008/08/jerry-oconnel-1.html
- ↑ http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20245814,00.html
- ↑ "Jerry O'Connell Enrolls in Law School". US magazine. August 13, 2009.
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