Jerry O'Connell

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Jerry O'Connell
O'Connell in June 2013
Jeremiah O'Connell

(1974-02-17) February 17, 1974 (age 45)
Alma materNew York University
OccupationActor, director, talk show host
Years active1983–present
Rebecca Romijn (m. 2007)
RelativesCharlie O'Connell (brother)

Jeremiah O'Connell[1] (born February 17, 1974)[1] is an American actor, director and talk show host, known for his roles as Quinn Mallory in the television series Sliders, Andrew Clements in My Secret Identity, Vern Tessio in the film Stand by Me (1986), Joe in Joe's Apartment (1996), Frank Cushman in Jerry Maguire (1996), Derek in Scream 2 (1997), Charlie Carbone in Kangaroo Jack (2003), and Detective Woody Hoyt on the drama Crossing Jordan. He starred as Pete Kaczmarek in the CBS series The Defenders, until its cancellation in 2011. He also had a starring role in the comedy horror film Piranha 3D (2010).

Early life[edit]

O'Connell was born in Manhattan, the son of Linda, an art teacher, and Michael O'Connell, an advertising agency art director.[1] His maternal grandfather, Charles S. Witkowski, was mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey.[citation needed] He is of half Irish, one quarter Italian, and one quarter Polish ancestry.[2] O'Connell was raised in Manhattan with his younger brother, actor Charlie O'Connell. As a teenager, he attended Manhattan's Professional Children's School. He attended New York University from 1991–95,[3] majoring in film. While there, he studied screen writing and competed on the fencing team, serving a stint as captain of the sabre squad. He graduated in 1995.[4]


O'Connell began his acting career at a young age. As a child, he did commercial work for Duncan Hines cookies.[5] Shortly after turning eleven, he landed his first feature film role as the character Vern Tessio in Stephen King's Stand by Me. In 1987, O'Connell appeared on a commercial for Frosted Flakes. O'Connell starred in the Canadian science fiction sitcom My Secret Identity from 1988 to 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 television pilot Sliders (also filmed in Canada). He was offered the role of Quinn Mallory in the series, which ran for three seasons on Fox and two seasons on the Syfy Channel. He served as producer during his fourth season, and is credited with writing and directing several episodes.

O'Connell at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con

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 and received a "story by" credit 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 in May 2007, and was engaged to actress Rebecca Romijn. He starred opposite her in the Ugly Betty episode "Derailed". O'Connell played 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.[6] The National Enquirer caught him filming the skit and printed a photo of him in his diaper.[7][8]

In 2005, O'Connell guest-starred in one episode of the animated series Justice League Unlimited. In the episode, titled "Clash", he played Captain Marvel. He reprised the role of Captain Marvel in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies short film Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam alongside George Newbern, who reprised the role of Superman, having done the voice for the animated series. Jerry's younger brother, Charlie has appeared in several productions in which his brother starred, such as in Sliders and Crossing Jordan. In 2007–08 O'Connell starred in ABC's Carpoolers, which ran from October 2, 2007 to March 4, 2008. In early 2008, O'Connell participated in a widely circulated Internet video parody of the leaked Tom Cruise video on Scientology. Cruise was O'Connell's co-star in Jerry Maguire.[9]

O'Connell co-wrote and appeared in a video parody called "Young Hillary Clinton", satirizing Hillary Clinton's 2008 primary campaign.[10] 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.[11][12] On April 28, 2008, he appeared as a guest star on ABC's Samantha Who?. In late 2008 O'Connell starred in Fox's Do Not Disturb, co-starring Niecy Nash, but Fox cancelled the show after only three episodes.[13][14]

O'Connell appeared in the 2009 thriller film Obsessed as "Ben", the best friend and co-worker of the film's protagonist Derek Charles (Idris Elba). He appeared in Eastwick on ABC, on which his wife, Rebecca Romijn, starred in the series.[15] He portrayed Derrick Jones in Alexandre Aja's Piranha 3D,[16] which also stars Adam Scott and Elisabeth Shue.[17]

O'Connell co-starred with David Tennant in the pilot for legal drama Rex Is Not Your Lawyer, which was not picked up for production.[18] In 2010, O'Connell starred with Jim Belushi in the CBS comedy-drama The Defenders, which was cancelled on May 15, 2011 after one season.

O'Connell appeared on Broadway at the Golden Theatre in Seminar, written by Theresa Rebeck. The play, directed by Sam Gold, opened on November 20, 2011, starring Alan Rickman, Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater and Hettienne Park. On June 4, 2012, it was announced that O'Connell would play Herman Munster in a reboot of The Munsters, titled Mockingbird Lane;[19] the remake series was never picked up for production, however the pilot would air as a Halloween special on October 26.[20] On May 15, 2013, it was announced that O'Connell would play Stuart Strickland on We Are Men, alongside Tony Shalhoub.

In April 2015, O'Connell returned to Broadway as a ghostwriter in the comedy Living on Love, with Renee Fleming, Anna Chlumsky and Douglas Sills. It closed after 37 performances.

Personal life[edit]

On July 14, 2007, O'Connell married actress and former model Rebecca Romijn.[21][22]

After weeks of officially stating that the couple were "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 them to be infatuated with their father, that's what I'm really going for."[23]The girls were born in 2008.[24]

O'Connell enrolled in Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles in August 2009[25] but dropped out to return to acting full-time.[26]



Year Film Role Notes
1986 Stand by Me Vernon "Vern" Tessio
1988 Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach Kid at beach Uncredited
1993 Calendar Girl Scott Foreman
1995 Ranger, the Cook and the Hole in the Sky
1996 Joe's Apartment Joe
Jerry Maguire Frank "Cush" Cushman
1997 Scream 2 Derek Feldman
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Trip McNeely Uncredited
1999 The Beast of Today Fabian
Body Shots Michael Penorisi
2000 Clayton
Mission to Mars Phil Ohlmyer
2001 Tomcats Michael Delaney
2002 The New Guy Highland Party Twin
Buying the Cow David Collins
2003 Kangaroo Jack Charlie Carbone
2004 Fat Slags Sean Cooley
First Daughter N/A Producer; screenplay writer
2005 Yours, Mine and Ours Max Algrant
2006 The Alibi Businessman
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
Obsessed Ben
2010 Piranha 3-D Derrick Jones
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam Captain Marvel (voice) Short film
2013 Scary Movie 5 Christian Grey
2014 Veronica Mars Sheriff Dan Lamb
Space Station 76 Steve
The Lookalike Joe Mulligan
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Clark Kent / Superman (voice)
2016 Justice League vs. Teen Titans Clark Kent / Superman (voice)
2017 Justice League Dark Clark Kent / Superman (voice)
Wish Upon Alex Uncredited
2018 The Death of Superman Clark Kent / Superman (voice)
Deep Murder Doug
2019 Reign of the Supermen Superman / Clark Kent / Cyborg Superman (voice)
Satanic Panic Samuel Ross
Batman: Hush Clark Kent / Superman (voice)[27]
2020 The Secret: Dare to Dream Tucker Post-production
Ballbuster Rich Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Room Upstairs Carl TV movie
1988 The Equalizer Bobby Episode: "The Child Broker"
Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss Ralph Parker TV movie
1988–1991 My Secret Identity Andrew Clements Main role
1989 Charles in Charge David Landon Episode: "The Organization Man"
1990 TGIF Brody Unknown episodes
1992 Camp Wilder Brody Wilder Cast member
1995 The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky Mac TV movie
Blue River Lawrence Sellars
Sliders Quinn Mallory Producer (1998–1999)
Director: "Stoker", "Slidecage", "Lipschitz Live," "Data World", "Roads Taken"
Writer: "Way out West"
1999 The '60s 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
Crossing Jordan Detective Woody Hoyt Main role
2003, 2008 MADtv Ted Levin, John Edwards Episode: 8.12, 14.01
2004 Without a Trace Joe Gibson Episode: "Hawks and Handsaws"
The Screaming Cocktail Hour Singer
Las Vegas Detective Woody Hoyt 5 episodes
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"
Carpoolers Laird
2008 Samantha Who? Craig Episode: "The Gallery Show"
Do Not Disturb Neal 6 episodes
2009 Midnight Bayou Declan Fitzpatrick TV movie
2009 Eastwick Colin Friesen Episode: "Magic Snow and Creepy Gene"
2010 The Defenders Pete Kaczmarek
2011 G.I. Joe: Renegades Barbecue Episode: "Fire Fight"
Fish Hooks Sterling Hamsterton (voice) Episode: "Pamela Hamster Returns"
NTSF:SD:SUV:: Mental Man Episode: "Up Periscope, Down With San Diego"
2012 Mockingbird Lane Herman Munster Failed Pilot
2013 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Pip the Pirate Genie 7 episodes
Burning Love Henry Season 2 cast member
King & Maxwell Jerry Walkeiwicz Episode: "Stealing Secrets"
Satisfaction David Episode: "Penis Face Cat Funeral"
We Are Men Stuart Strickland Main cast
2014 Drunk History Thomas Jefferson / Grigori Rasputin 2 episodes
The League Father Muldoon Episode: "The Heavenly Fouler"
2015 The Librarians Young Lancelot Episode: "And the Loom of Fate"
Workaholics Teddy Episode: "Gayborhood"
Marry Me Daniel Episode: "Friend Me"
Significant Mother Bob Babcock Episode: "Home Is Where the Lamp Is"
Fresh Beat Band of Spies Arizona Jones Episode: "Mummy Mayhem"
2016 The Mysteries of Laura Jon Dunham 2 episodes
Billions Steven Birch 3 episodes
Young & Hungry Nick Diamond Episode: "Young & Parents"
Mistresses Robert 4 episodes
Scream Queens Dr. Mike 2 episodes
2017 Love Locks Jack Burrow Hallmark movie
Justice League Action The Atom (voice) 3 episodes
Andi Mack Director Season 1 episode 1: "Dad Influence"
Curb Your Enthusiasm TV Detective #2 Episode: "The Shucker"
2018, 2019 The Big Bang Theory George Cooper Jr. 3 episodes
The Wendy Williams Show Host 7 episodes
2018 Carter Harley Carter Main role
2019–present Jerry O' Host
2020 Star Trek: Lower Decks Commander Jack Ransom Voice

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Infinite Crisis Shazam

Music videos[edit]

Podcast Appearances[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Work
1987 Young Artist Awards (shared with River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman) Won Stand by Me
1989 Best Young Actor in a Family Syndicated Show Nominated My Secret Identity
1990 Best Young Actor in an Off-Primetime Family Nominated
2004 Kid's Choice Awards Favorite Fart in a Movie Won Kangaroo Jack
2018 Award Winning Listener Listening Won Pardon My Take
2019 Award Winning Listener Listening Won Pardon My Take


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  12. ^ Live Review: Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash with Mary J. Blige, Maroon 5 Archived February 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine,]
  13. ^ "FOX 2014/2015 Schedule". Archived from the original on May 26, 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  14. ^ Cancellation of Do Not Disturb
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  19. ^ Hibberd, James (June 4, 2012). "Jerry O'Connell cast as Herman Munster in NBC's 'Mockingbird Lane'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
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