O'Connell in June 2013
February 17, 1974
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
|Alma mater||New York University|
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, producer, director|
|Spouse(s)||Rebecca Romijn (m. 2007)|
Jeremiah "Jerry" O'Connell (born February 17, 1974) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Quinn Mallory in the TV series Sliders, Andrew Clements in My Secret Identity, Vern Tessio in the film Stand by Me, Derek in Scream 2, Charlie Carbone in Kangaroo Jack, and Detective Woody Hoyt on the drama Crossing Jordan. He starred as Pete Kaczmarek in the CBS TV series The Defenders until its cancellation in 2011. He also had a starring role in the comedy horror film Piranha 3D.
Early life and education
O'Connell was born in Manhattan, the son of Linda (née Witkowski), an American art teacher, and Michael O'Connell, a British-born advertising agency art director. His maternal grandfather, Charles S. Witkowski, was mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey. He is of half Irish, one quarter Italian, and one quarter Polish, ancestry. O'Connell was raised in Manhattan with his younger brother, Charlie O'Connell. As a teenager, he attended Manhattan's Professional Children's School. He attended New York University (NYU) from 1991–95, 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. He graduated in 1995.
O'Connell began his acting career at a young age. As a child, he did commercial work for Duncan Hines cookies. 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 TV 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 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 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. The National Enquirer caught him filming the skit and printed a photo of him in his diaper.
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.
O'Connell 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, 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.
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. He portrayed Derrick Jones in Alexandre Aja's Piranha 3D, which also stars Adam Scott and Elisabeth Shue.
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. 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; the remake series was never picked up for production. On May 15, 2013, it was announced that O'Connell would play Stuart Strickland on We Are Men, alongside Tony Shalhoub.
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." The girls, Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip, were born on December 28, 2008. Dolly is named for singer Dolly Parton and Charlie is named for O'Connell's brother.
|1986||Stand by Me||Vernon "Vern" Tessio|
|1988||Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach||Kid at beach||Uncredited|
|1993||Calendar Girl||Scott Foreman|
|Jerry Maguire||Frank "Cush" Cushman|
|1998||Can't Hardly Wait||Trip McNeely||Uncredited|
|1999||The Beast of Today||Fabian|
|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|
|Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam||Captain Marvel||Short film|
|2013||Scary Movie 5||Christian Grey|
|2014||Veronica Mars||Sheriff Dan Lamb|
|Space Station 76||Steve|
|2015||Justice League: Throne of Atlantis||Clark Kent/Superman (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|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|
|1988–91||My Secret Identity||Andrew Clements||Starring role|
|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 '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|
|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 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"|
|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"|
|2010-11||The Defenders||Pete Kaczmarek||Cast member|
|2011||G.I. Joe: Renegades||Barbecue||Episode: "Fire Fight"|
|NTSF:SD:SUV::||Mental Man||Episode: "Up Periscope, Down With San Diego"|
|2012||Mockingbird Lane||Herman Munster||TV Series Failed Pilot|
|2013||Jake and the Never Land Pirates||Pip the Pirate Genie||Episode: "Pirate-Genie-In-A-Bottle"|
|Satisfaction||David||Episode: "Penis Face Cat Funeral"|
|We Are Men||Stuart Strickland||Cast Member|
|2014||Drunk History||Thomas Jefferson||Episode: "Philadelphia"|
|The League||Father Muldoon||Episode: "The Heavenly Fouler"|
|2015||The Librarians||Young Lancelot||Episode: "And the Loom of Fate"|
|Marry Me||Daniel||Episode: "Friend Me"|
Awards and nominations
|1987||Young Artist Awards||(shared with River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman)||Won||Stand by Me|
|1989||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actor in a Family Syndicated Show||Nominated||My Secret Identity|
|1990||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actor in an Off-Primetime Family||Nominated||My Secret Identity|
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