Jerry O'Connell Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 15 Jun, 2018
Facts of Jerry O'Connell
Date of Birth: 1947 , February-17
Age: 72 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 6 Feet 2 Inch
Name Jerry O'Connell
Birth Name Jeremiah O’Connell
Father Michael O’Connell
Mother Linda O'Connell
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Manhattan, New York City
Ethnicity Mixed ethnicity (Polish and Italian descent)
Profession Actor
Net Worth $16 million
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Black
Face Color Fair
Famous for Stand by Me, My Secret Identity
Married to Rebecca Romijn
Children Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip O’Connell
Education Professional Children’s School, New York University, Southwestern Law School
Awards Young Artist Awards
Movies Stand by Me, Jerry Maguire, Scream 2
TV Show Secret Identity, Crossing Jordan, Carter
Siblings Charlie O’Connell
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Talented American actor, Jerry O’Connell is well known for his debut movie, Stand by Me where he portrayed the role Vernon ‘’Vern’’ Tessio. He won Young Artist Award for his performance in the movie. Regarding TV series, he is popular for his role, Andrew Clements (14-year-old boy) in CTV’s TV series My Secret Identity  for which he got nominated for Young Artist Awards twice.

Some of his movie credit include Scream 2, Kangaroo Jack, The Defenders, Piranha 3D and Jerry Maguire. Active in the industry from the last 32 years, he has accumulated an impressive net worth. O’Connell is married to his girlfriend, Rebecca Romijn with whom he shares twin girls, Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip O'Connell.

Early Life And Education Of Jerry O’Connell

Jerry O’Connell was born Jeremiah O’Connell to an art teacher, Linda, and an advertising agency art director, Michael O’Connell on 17th February 1974 in Manhattan, New York City. O’Connell’s birth sign is Aquarius. His parents raised him with his younger brother, Charlie O’Connell (actor) in Manhattan.

When he was young, his parents enrolled him into acting and fencing classes. Connell attended Professional Children’s School and later graduated with a degree in film from the New York University. While studying in the university, he also studied screenwriting and also competed in the fencing team. In 2009, he joined Southwestern Law School but drooped out to continue his acting career.

Jerry O’Connell’s Career

In the initial phase of his career, Jerry O’Connell appeared in commercial work for Duncan Hines Cookies and Frosted Flakes (1987).

Movies

Jerry O’Connell made his Hollywood debut in 1986 as Vernon ‘’Vern’’ Tessio in the coming-of-age drama film, Stand by Me based on Stephen King’s novel The Body. In 1993, portrayed the role of Scott Foreman in comedy-drama film, Calendar Girls alongside Jason Priestley, Gabriel Olds, Joe Pantoliano and Kurt Fuller. His performance in the movie helped him to win a Young Artist Awards in 1987.

O’Connell then worked in several movies such as Joe’s Apartment, Jerry Maguire, Body Shots, Mission to Mars, The New Guy, Buying the Cow, Yours, Mine and Ours, Obsessed, and Wish Upon among others. Particularly, he is famous for:

Movies Role IMDB Rating Awards and Nominations Cast Members
Scream 2 (1997) Derek Feldman 6.1
  • Won MTV Movie Awards.
  • Nominated for Saturn Awards and Razzie Awards.
Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Kangaroo Jack (2003) Charlie Carbone 4.4
  • Won KIds' Choice Awards.
  • Nominated for Razzie AwardsTeen Choice Awards and MTV Movie Awards.
Estella Warren, Anthony Anderson, Christopher Walken and Michael Shannon.

He is also popular for his role in Jerry Maguire as Frank ‘’Cush’’ Cushman and as Derrick Jones in Piranha 3D. From 2015-17, he voiced Clark Kent/ Superman in Justice League franchise, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Justice League vs. Teen Titans and Justice League Dark. As of 2018, he voiced Superman in The Death of Superman.

TV Series

In 1986, O’Connell appeared first time on TV in The Kingdom Chums: Little David’s Adventure as Osborne. He then worked in several TV series and TV movies in uncredited roles. In 1988, he appeared in his first lead role, Andrew Clements (14-year-old boy) in CTV’s TV series My Secret Identity. The series starred Derek McGrath, Wanda Cannon, and Marsha Moreau.

O’Connell then appeared in several TV series such as TGIF, Blue River, Sliders, Night Vision, Ugly Betty, The Batman, Carpoolers, Fish Hooks, Billions, Mistresses and Andi Mack among others. He, however, is famously known for:

TV Series Role IMDB Rating Cast Member
Sliders (1995) Quinn Mallory 7.4 Sabrina Llyod, Cleaver Derricks, John Rhys-Davies, and Kari Wuhrer.
The Defenders (2010) Pete Kaczmarek 7.5 Krysten Ritter, Charlie Cox, Finn Jones and Mike Cotler.
Crossing Jordan (2002) Detective Woody Hoyt 7.0 Jill Hennessy, Miguel Ferrer, Steve Valentine and Ravi Kapoor.

As of 2018, O’Connell worked as George Cooper Jr. in CBS’ sitcom, The Big Bang Theory starring Jim Parson, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco and Simon Helberg. He also portrayed the role of the lead character Harley Carter (Canadian star) in Bravo’s TV series Carter. He shared the screen with Sydney Tamilia Poitier, Kristian Brunn, and Denis Akiyama.

Jerry O’Connell’s Net Worth

Jerry O’Connell not only earned huge fan following but also grabbed an eye-catching net worth. As of 2018, O’Connell has an estimated net worth of $16 million. 

Here is the list of his hit movies that made a good collection at the box office:

Movies Budget Box Office Collection IMDB Rating Awards and Nominations Cast Members
Stand by Me (1986) $8 million $52.3 million 8.1
  • Won Youth in Film Awards.
  • Nominated for Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Independent Spirit Awards.
River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman and Kiefer Sutherland.
Jerry Maguire (1996) $50 million $273.6 million 7.3
  • Won Academy AwardsAmerican Comedy Awards, and Critics' Choice Awards.
  • Nominated for 20/20 Awards, Academy Awards, and Satellite Awards.
Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Jonathan Lipnicki.
Obsessed (2009) $20 million $73.8 million 4.9
  • Won MTV Movie Awards.
  • Nominated for Teen Choice AwardsGolden Raspberry Awards, and NAACP Image Awards. 
Beyonce, Ali Larter, Idris Elba, Christine Lahti.
Piranha 3D (2010) $24 million $83.1 million 5.5   Elisabeth Shue, Ving Rhames, Adam Scott and Richard Dreyfuss.
Scary Movies (2013) $20 million $78.4 million 3.5
  • Nominated for Golden Raspberry Awards.
Ashley Tisdale, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan and Simon Rex

According to some sources, a TV star averagely earns a salary that ranges from $150k to $1 million. Moreover, O’Connell owns a house in Calabasas and has an Audi worth $28,095 to $76,975.

Charity

O’Connell is involved in several charity works. He hosted a program for The Christopher & Dana Reeves Foundation which works to find treatments and cures for paralysis.

O’Connell also participated in a charity event with his family which supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Jerry O’Connell’s Personal Life

Stand by Me actor, Jerry O’Connell is married to his girlfriend, Rebecca Romijn (former model and actress). The couple met at the party in 2004 for the first time when Romjin was with her then-husband, John Stamos

O’Connell told People about their first meeting,

’ I met my wife and her ex John Stamos at a party when they were married. I remember thinking, ‘Wow. This girl is really beautiful and funny.’ I talked to her the whole party. My wife remembers that party and remembers us clicking. We clicked. My wife and I clicked. We clicked the first time we met.’’

Though the pair had an instant chemistry, O’Connell disclosed that nothing happened between them.

In 2005, Romijn divorced her Stamos. Following the divorce, O’Connell started hanging out with her and eventually started dating. O’Connell told their story,

''I hung out with her pretty much all day and her friend. We went out to dinner that night, a group of us. It wasn’t any kind of date. Then her friend, a guy said to me, ‘Take her phone number. I think she wants to call you.’ I was working it. I got her phone number, and I called her, and then we met up after that Vegas trip back in Los Angeles. We went out.’’

‘’I want to tell you this about my wife, and my wife says it funnier than I do, but we met. We started hanging out. I came for a sleepover … and I never left. That’s the truth. We just clicked.’’

 After dating for months, the couple announced their engagement in 2005. O’Connell proposed her during their trip to New York. He told,

‘’I can’t believe she said ‘yes’ when I asked her to marry me. I keep waiting for Aston Kutcher to pop out and tell me I’m being ‘Punk’d.’’

Finally, the couple tied the knot on 14th July 2007 in a private ceremony in LA in the presence of 100 families and friends. The bride wore a Ralph Lauren gown and Neil Lane jewelry on their wedding.

 

Fiya Imojie DATE NIGHT

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Some months after their marriage, the couple announced that they were trying to get pregnant. Later a publicist confirmed that Romjin was pregnant with twin girls. O’Connell spoke some words about having children,

‘’ 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 at 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.’’

On 28th December 2008, the couple welcomed twins named, Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip O’Connell. Their first child Dolly is named after Dolly Parton, singer whereas their second daughter Charlie is named after O’Connell’s brother.

 

Before there was Silicon Valley, there was The San Fernando Valley.

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The couple is together for over a decade and still going strong without any divorce rumors.

Past Affairs

Previously, O’Connell dated American-Italian TV personality, Giuliana Rancic from 2003-2004. After their break up, Rancic accused him of cheating with singer and songwriter, Geri Halliwell. Rancic wrote,

‘’ I was being two-timed for one of the lesser Spices?’’

She added,

“He had as much emotion as the customer-service representative who tells you your bags missed the flight.’’

O’Connell finally replied on Watch What Happens Live,

“For those who don’t know. Giuliana Rancic is a personality and she wrote a book and we dated and then we didn’t date and, um, I was in the book.’’

''I don’t want to say anything negative. She was a very nice girl. We had a very fun time. It was decades ago.” (One decade, actually.) I mean, I don’t believe cell phones were in use then. I think it was, like, horse and buggy. It was you know, it was a while ago.’’

Moreover, he was linked to several ladies, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Estella Warren and Debra Pelletier.

Here is the video where Jerry O'Connell talks about his first meeting with his wife:

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