Jeremiah O'Connell was born in New York City to Linda Witkowski (an art teacher) and Michael O'Connell (an advertising agency art director). He was raised in Manhattan with his parents and a younger brother, Charlie O'Connell, who's also an actor. He began his acting career at a very young age. He did commercial work and TV work before getting the role of "Vern Tessio" in the popular film Stand by Me (1986) opposite River Phoenix and Corey Feldman. After that, he worked on several TV-Movies and TV-series and had a starring role in "My Secret Identity" (1988). From 1991 to 1994, Jerry attended New York University where he majored in film, but he didn't graduate.
In 1993, he starred in the film Calendar Girl (1993) opposite Jason Priestley. In 1995, he starred in the TV-movie western The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky (1995) (TV) and, in 1996, he landed the role of "Frank Cushman" in the successful film Jerry Maguire (1996) opposite Tom Cruise. Over the next few years, he starred in Scream 2 (1997), had a small uncredited role in Can't Hardly Wait (1998), as well as appearing in several TV-movies and having starring roles in the TV-series "Sliders" (1995) and the film Body Shots (1999) opposite Sean Patrick Flanery and Tara Reid.
In 2000, he appeared in the Brian De Palma film Mission to Mars (2000) with Gary Sinise, among others. He has also appeared in movies such as Tomcats (2001), Buying the Cow (2002), Kangaroo Jack (2003), Yours, Mine and Ours (2005), Man About Town (2006) and Room 6 (2006). In 2007, he married actress/model Rebecca Romijn and they are expecting twins in the winter of 2008.
|Rebecca Romijn||(14 July 2007 - present) 2 children|
Attended New York University. Graduated from in May 1995 with a degree in Film and Television.
Older brother of actor/model Charlie O'Connell.
Played the "heartbreaker" in Mariah Carey's "Heartbreaker" video. The single went on to become Mariah's 14th #1 hit.
Father was an art director and mother was an art teacher.
Signed by an agent at age 10 and was discovered gobbling up cookies in a Duncan Hines commercial.
During his junior year at NYU film school (for screenwriting), Jerry went to Los Angeles, California, and decided to try out for two TV pilots: "Sliders" (1995) and a new Fox show called "Party of Five" (1994). He spent a single day in L.A. and landed the Bailey role in "Party of Five" (1994), but before he could get back to New York, the studio's first choice for "Sliders" (1995) backed out. Stuck a day before shooting without a lead, they begged Jerry to fill in. The rest is teen-idol history.
While practicing his lines for Stand by Me (1986), was completely impressed that, as an 11-year-old, he was being allowed to swear.
Still hates talking about Stand by Me (1986) because he was overweight at the time.
While attending NYU, he was saber captain of the varsity fencing team. He was ranked as high as #17 in the country.
While at NYU, he was a Resident Assistant.
Announced his engagement to actress Rebecca Romijn (September 2005).
Was number 70 on vh1's "The Greatest: 100 Greatest Kid Stars" (2005)
Married his girlfriend of 2 1/2 years, Rebecca Romijn, in a surprise backyard ceremony. The couple exchanged vows in front of 100 family and friends that thought that they had been invited to a barbecue.
On December 28, 2008, Rebecca and Jerry welcomed fraternal twin daughters, Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip.
Participated in the annual Drambuie Pursuit in Scotland. The Drambuie Pursuit takes place once a year and includes an archery contest on the first day and then a second day that includes kayaking, a castle run, boating, mountain biking, rock-climbing, rafting, cross-country biking, off-road buggy racing and canoing. [April 2008]
Father is British and mother is American.
Holds dual US and British nationality, stated on OK!TV in the UK on 23 March 2011 'I'm actually British' and produced his British passport to prove it.
"Playing professional football is something I'll never be able to do. So getting this part was like a dream come true." --on his role in Jerry Maguire (1996).
I'm the kind of guy who can't keep a plant alive for a week, let alone a relationship.
What I really love about Rebecca is that she's a character...she's the most entertaining person I've ever met.
Once in a while, I blow my wife's hair out. I learned from watching some of those reality hairstyling shows like "Shear Genius" (2007)!
(September 2011) New York, USA: Set to make his debut on Broadway in Rebeck, Theresa's new comedy 'Seminar,' also starring Rickman, Alan.
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