Jerry O'Connell

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Jerry O'Connell

Jerry O'Connell, 2008
BornJeremiah O'Connell
(1974-02-17) February 17, 1974 (age 38)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, screenwriter, producer, director
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Rebecca Romijn (2007–present)
ChildrenDolly & Charlie O'Connell
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Jerry O'Connell

Jerry O'Connell, 2008
BornJeremiah O'Connell
(1974-02-17) February 17, 1974 (age 38)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, screenwriter, producer, director
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Rebecca Romijn (2007–present)
ChildrenDolly & Charlie O'Connell

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, 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 horror film Piranha 3D.


Early life and education

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.[1] His maternal grandfather, Charles S. Witkowski, was the mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey.

O'Connell is of half Irish, one quarter Italian, and one quarter Polish ancestry.[2][3] O'Connell was raised in Manhattan with his younger brother, Charlie O'Connell, also an actor. As a teenager, he attended Manhattan's Professional Children's School.

He attended New York University (NYU) from 1991 to 1994,[4] 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.


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.

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 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 in May 2007, and was engaged to actress Rebecca Romijn. 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.[5] The National Enquirer caught him filming the skit and printed a photo of him in his diaper.[6][7]

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 along side George Newbern who reprised the role of Superman, having done the voice for the animated series.

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 2007–08 O'Connell starred in ABC's Carpoolers, which ran from October 2, 2007 to March 4, 2008.

In early 2008, O'Connell acted 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.[8] He also co-wrote and appeared in a video parody called "Young Hillary Clinton," satirizing Hillary Clinton's 2008 primary campaign.[9] 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.[10][11] On April 28, 2008, O'Connell appeared as a guest star on ABC's Samantha Who?.

In the fall of 2008 O'Connell starred in Fox's Do Not Disturb, co-starring Niecy Nash, but Fox cancelled the show after only three episodes.[12][13]

Most recently, he appeared in the 2009 thriller film Obsessed as "Ben", the best friend and co-worker of the film's protagonist Derek Charles (Idris Elba).

O'Connell appeared in Eastwick on ABC, alongside his wife who starred in the series. O'Connell 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.[14]

O'Connell portrayed Derrick Jones in Alexandre Aja's Piranha 3D,[15] which also stars Adam Scott and Elizabeth Shue.[16]

O'Connell co-starred with David Tennant in the pilot for legal drama Rex Is Not Your Lawyer[17] which NBC has placed under consideration for the fall season, though earlier reports suggested a spring 2010 airing.[18] In 2010, O'Connell starred with Jim Belushi in the CBS comedy-drama The Defenders, which CBS cancelled on May 15, 2011 after one season.

O'Connell is currently appearing at the Golden Theatre in the new Broadway play "Seminar", 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]

Personal life

On July 14, 2007, O'Connell married actress and former model Rebecca Romijn.[20][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] O'Connell and Romijn welcomed twins Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip on December 28, 2008..[24]

O'Connell enrolled in Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles in August 2009.[25]



1986Stand by MeVern Tessio
1988Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami BeachKid at beachUncredited
1993Calendar GirlScott Foreman
1996Joe's ApartmentJoe
Jerry MaguireFrank Cushman
1997Scream 2Derek
1998Can't Hardly WaitTrip McNeelyUncredited
1999The Beast of TodayFabian
Body ShotsMichael Penorisi
Mission to MarsPhil Ohlmyer
2001TomcatsMichael Delaney
2002The New GuyHighland Party Twin
Buying the CowDavid Collins
2003Kangaroo JackCharlie Carbone
2004Fat SlagsSean Cooley
2005Yours, Mine and OursMax/Mac
2006The AlibiBusinessman
Man About TownDavid Lilly
Room 6Lucas Dylan
2008The Parody Video Tom Cruise Wants You to SeeTom CruiseShort film
2009Baby on BoardCurtis
2010Piranha 3-DDerrick Jones
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black AdamCaptain MarvelShort film


1987The Room UpstairsCarlTV movie
1988The EqualizerBobbyEpisode: "The Child Broker"
Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of BlissRalph ParkerTV movie
1988–91My Secret IdentityAndrew ClementsStarring role
1989Charles in ChargeDavid LandonEpisode: "The Organization Man"
1990TGIFBrodyUnknown episodes
1992Camp WilderBrody WilderEpisode: "See Spot Go"
1995The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the SkyMacTV movie
Blue RiverLawrence Sellars
1995–99SlidersQuinn MalloryCast member
1999The '60sBrian HerlihyTV movie
2001Night VisionsAndyEpisode: "Rest Stop"
2002Going to CaliforniaPete RossockEpisode: "Searching For Eddie Van Halen"
Rome FireRyan WheelerTV movie
2002-7Crossing JordanDetective Woody HoytCast member
2003MADtvTed LevinEpisode: 8.12
2004Without a TraceJoe GibsonEpisode: "Hawks and Handsaws"
The Screaming Cocktail HourSingerTV series
2004-6Las VegasDetective Woody Hoyt5 episode
2005Justice League UnlimitedCaptain MarvelEpisode: "Clash"
2007On the LotJerry 'The Move'Episode "6 Cut to 5 & 5 Directors Compete"
Ugly BettyJoelEpisode: "Derailed"
The BatmanNightwing2 episodes: "The Metal Face of Comedy", "Artifacts"
2007-8CarpoolersLairdCast member
2008Samantha Who?CraigEpisode: "The Gallery Show"
Do Not DisturbNeal6 episodes
2009Midnight BayouDeclan FitzpatrickTV movie
EastwickColin FriesenEpisode: "Magic Snow and Creepy Gene"
2010-11The DefendersPete Kaczmarek
2011G.I. Joe: RenegadesBarbecueEpisode: "Fire Fight"
NTSF:SD:SUV::Mental ManEpisode: "Up Periscope, Down With San Diego"
2012Mockingbird Lane"Herman Munster"




Music videos


  1. ^ Jerry O'Connell profile at
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  3. ^ Sara Hammel (2007-07-27). "Rebecca Romijn's Marital Advice: Do It Backwards". People.,,20048544,00.html.
  4. ^ Mollie Lobl (2007-11-29). "He Might Be on Television, but Don't Be Intimidated—He Also Went to NYU". Columbia Spectator.
  5. ^ "THAT ALL DEPENDS ...". People. 2004-11-08.,,750117_8,00.html. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
  6. ^ "In-Depend-Ence". Jerry O'Connell Fansite. 2004-11-27. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
  7. ^ "Photos from Last Call with Carson Daly". Jerry O'Connell Fansite. 2004-11-29. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
  8. ^ Jerry Connell Parody of Tom Cruise Scientology Video
  9. ^ [1] Campaign satire: 'Young Hillary Clinton' explains HRC campaign to us as if we were 10 years old]
  10. ^ 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* |
  11. ^ Live Review: Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash with Mary J. Blige, Maroon 5 >> LiveDaily
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  14. ^ Natalie Abrams. "Death, Jerry O'Connell Come to Eastwick".
  15. ^ "Jerry O'Connell Goes Wild on the Set of Piranha". DreadCentral.
  16. ^ "Hot Chicks in Bikinis Going 'Wild, Wild' with Jerry O'Connell on the Set of 'Piranha'!". BloodyDisgusting.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Jerry O'Connell to co-star in NBC pilot". The Hollywood Reporter.[dead link]
  18. ^ Michael Ausiello. "Exclusive: 'Rex Is Not Your Lawyer' DOA at NBC?". Entertainment Weekly.
  19. ^ "Jerry O'Connell cast as Herman Munster in NBC's 'Mockingbird Lane'".
  20. ^ Ulrica Wihlborg (2007-07-15). "Rebecca Romijn Weds Jerry O'Connell". People.,,20046336,00.html.
  21. ^ Mayor Charles Witkowski of Jersey City pictures from history photos on webshots
  22. ^ The Political Graveyard profile of O'Connell's maternal grandfather
  23. ^
  24. ^ Marisa Laudadio. "Rebecca Romijn Welcomes Twin Girls". People.,,20245814,00.html.
  25. ^ "Jerry O'Connell Enrolls in Law School". US magazine. August 13, 2009.

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