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Also Known As: Jeremiah O'Connell Died:
Born: February 17, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, screenwriter

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Launched to fame via coming-of-age classic "Stand by Me" (1986) aged just twelve, Jerry O'Connell sustained his career into adulthood with leading roles in "Sliders" (Fox, 1995-2000), "Joe's Apartment" (1996) and "Carter" (Bravo, 2018-). Born in Manhattan, NY in 1974, O'Connell landed arguably his most famous part, chubby kid Vern Tessio, in Stephen King adaptation "Stand by Me" (1986), in his first ever film. He went on to bag supporting roles in TV movie "The Room Upstairs" (1987) and nostalgic family comedy "Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss" (1987), play teen superhero Andrew Clements and middle child Brody in sitcoms "My Secret Identity" (CTV, 1988-1991) and "Camp Wilder" (ABC, 1992-93), and share top billing in rites-of-passage tale "Calendar Girl" (1993). After graduating from New York University with a film degree, O'Connell returned to screens in western "The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky" (1995) and sibling drama "Blue River" (1995), and was cast as physics graduate Quinn Mallory in "Sliders" (Fox, 1995-2000), the parallel universe sci-fi he also directed and produced several episodes of. During his five-season stint, O'Connell also took the leading role in "Joe's Apartment" (1996),...

Launched to fame via coming-of-age classic "Stand by Me" (1986) aged just twelve, Jerry O'Connell sustained his career into adulthood with leading roles in "Sliders" (Fox, 1995-2000), "Joe's Apartment" (1996) and "Carter" (Bravo, 2018-). Born in Manhattan, NY in 1974, O'Connell landed arguably his most famous part, chubby kid Vern Tessio, in Stephen King adaptation "Stand by Me" (1986), in his first ever film. He went on to bag supporting roles in TV movie "The Room Upstairs" (1987) and nostalgic family comedy "Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss" (1987), play teen superhero Andrew Clements and middle child Brody in sitcoms "My Secret Identity" (CTV, 1988-1991) and "Camp Wilder" (ABC, 1992-93), and share top billing in rites-of-passage tale "Calendar Girl" (1993). After graduating from New York University with a film degree, O'Connell returned to screens in western "The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky" (1995) and sibling drama "Blue River" (1995), and was cast as physics graduate Quinn Mallory in "Sliders" (Fox, 1995-2000), the parallel universe sci-fi he also directed and produced several episodes of. During his five-season stint, O'Connell also took the leading role in "Joe's Apartment" (1996), appeared as a reverend and Vietnam War veteran in TV movies "What the Deaf Man Heard" (1997) and "The '60s" (1999), and played star quarterback Frank in "Jerry Maguire" (1996), the ill-fated Derek in "Scream 2" (1997) and a clubber accused of date rape in "Body Shots" (1999). O'Connell then appeared as mission specialist Phil in space adventure "Mission to Mars" (2000), cartoonist Michael in sex farce "Tomcats" (2001) and groom-to-be David in rom-com "Buying the Cow" (2002), was cast in crime drama "Crossing Jordan" (NBC, 2001-07) as Detective Woody Hoyt and scored box-office success with animal caper "Kangaroo Jack" (2003). After earning producer and screenwriter credits on rom-com "First Daughter" (2004), O'Connell played a billionaire in much-maligned "Fat Slags" (2004), appeared alongside future wife Rebecca Romjin in both "Lies & Alibis" (2006) and "Man About Town" (2006), and starred in horror "Room 6" (2007). O'Connell then played womanizing dentist Laird and general manager Neal in short-lived sitcoms "Carpoolers" (ABC, 2007-08) and "Do Not Disturb" (Fox, 2008), took the romantic leads in "Midnight Bayou" (2009) and "Baby on Board" (2009), and enjoyed supporting roles in commercial hits "Obsessed" (2009) and "Piranha 3D" (2010). After starring opposite James Belushi in legal dramedy "The Defenders" (CBS, 2010-11), O'Connell showed up in parodies "Scary Movie 5" (2013) and "Burning Love" (E!, 2012-13), was cast as Stuart in the swiftly-canceled sitcom "We Are Men" (CBS, 2013), and played Sheriff Dan Lamb in the big-screen "Veronica Mars" (2014). O'Connell then appeared as a sex-crazed crew member in "Space Station 76" (2014), part-time drug dealer in "The Lookalike" (2014) and father figure in "A Mermaid's Tale" (2016), before taking center stage as the eponymous actor-turned-detective in crime procedural "Carter" (Bravo, 2018-). In 2018, O'Connell appeared as George Cooper, the resentful older brother of Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) on "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS 2009- ). After impressing as stand-in host on "The Wendy Williams Show" (Syndication, 2008-), O'Connell was given his own talk show, "Real Men Watch Bravo" (Bravo, 2018-).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Batman: Hush (2019) Superman
2.
 Reign of the Supermen (2019) Superman
3.
 Justice League Dark (2017) Superman
4.
 Band Aid (2017)
5.
 Love Locks (2017)
6.
 Band Aid (2017)
7.
 Justice League vs. Teen Titans (2016) Superman
8.
9.
 Lookalike, The (2014)
10.
 Space Station 76 (2014)
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Milestones close milestones

1987:
First TV-movie, "The Room Upstairs" (CBS)
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Made stage debut in the Off-Broadway play, "Water Music"
1988:
Made TV series debut in the syndicated Canadian series "My Secret Identity"
1995:
Received critical praise for playing a man who ages nearly twenty years in the FOX movie "Blue River"
1993:
Returned to features (in older roles) with "Calendar Girl"
1999:
Sold script "First Daughter" to New Regency; executive produced the feature, which starred Katie Holmes (released in 2004)
1982:
Appeared in first TV commercial at age eight
1980:
Began taking acting and dance classes at age six
1999:
Co-starred as a Vietnam veteran in the NBC minseries "The 60s"
1988:
Had first TV episodic guest shot on "The Equalizer" (CBS)
2001:
Had lead in the dismal teen comedy "Tomcats"
1997:
Played Neve Campbell's boyfriend in "Scream 2"
2006:
Cast in the Mike Binder comedy "Man About Town" (lensed 2004)
2005:
Co-starred with Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo in the remake of "Yours, Mine and Ours"
1999:
Had featured role in the ensemble drama "Body Shots"
2007:
Stared in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Carpoolers"
1995:
First starring feature role, "Joe's Apartment"
2001:
Starred as Detective Woody Hoyt on the NBC series "Crossing Jordan"
2003:
Starred in the mafia comedy "Kangaroo Jack"
2009:
Appeared in the drama thriller "Obsessed," opposite Beyonce Knowles and Ali Larter
2010:
Acted opposite Elisabeth Shue in the action thriller "Piranha 3-D"
2010:
Cast as Pete Kaczmarek, a free-wheeling playboy, in the CBS legal drama "The Defenders"
1986:
Played Vern in "Stand by Me"
1995:
Played a lead role in the sci-fi series "Sliders" (Fox, 1995-97; Sci-Fi Channel, 1998); began producing in the third season and also directed episodes; left series before the final season
2018:
Took leading role in "Carter" (Bravo, 2018-)
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Education

HB Studio: New York, New York -
Professional Children's School.: New York, New York - 1987
New York University: New York, New York - 1991
Southwestern Law School: Los Angeles, California - 2009

Notes

While filming "Joe's Apartment" O'Connell had a scene in which cockroaches romp inside his mouth. Rather than use the rubber fakes, he elected to use live ones, and told Entertainment Weekly (June 30-July 7, 1995): "I suggested we use live ones. Otherwise it would've looked fake. I could feel their feelers against the roof of my mouth." Writer-director John Payson added, "He did two takes."

"I look at all my friends that I graduated college with and they're still living at home and they can't get a job at McDonald's. So I'm pretty lucky right now."---O'Connell quoted in Time Out New York, July 17-24, 1996.

"I'm not medicated and I really don't get into bad moods."---O'Connell quoted to People, November 29, 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Sarah Michelle Gellar. Actor. No longer together.
companion:
Estella Warren. Actor. Co-starred in "Kangaroo Jack"; reportedly dating in early 2002.
companion:
Giuliana DePandi. Host. Began dating on January 15, 2003; seperated in Fall 2003; together again, as of November 2003.
companion:
Geri Halliwell. Dating as of September 2003; no longer together as of October 2003.
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Family close complete family listing

mother:
Linda O'Connell. Teacher.
father:
Michael O'Connell. Art director. British.
brother:
Charlie O'Connell. Model, actor. Born c. 1975; was a junior fencing champion; joined cast of "Sliders" in 1998.

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