When an 11-year-old O'Connell made his film debut as a chunky goofball in 1986's Stand by Me
, no one---not even the actor himself---imagined that he would one day become a Hollywood heartthrob and land looker Rebecca Romijn as his better half. O'Connell was already slimming down during his three-year stint as a teen with superpowers on My Secret Identity
, and by the mid-'90s he was in great shape on the sci-fi show Sliders
. O’Connell then made a bid for big-screen success, staring in a couple of comedies, tackling a few dramatic supporting parts, and even branching out into screenwriting with 2004’s First Daughter
. But the small screen remained his primary medium. He landed a plum role as hunky detective Woody Hoyt on Crossing Jordan
in 2002, and stayed with the show until it ended. Since then, he starred in several short-lived sitcoms, including Carpoolers
and Do Not Disturb
, and has kept busy raising his twin daughters. In his spare time, O’Connell attends Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.Jerry O'Connell Fast Facts:
- Began taking acting classes at age 6.
- Competed on New York University's fencing team.
- No fear factor here: in a scene from 1996's Joe's Apartment in which his mouth was filled with cockroaches, he suggested using live ones rather than the fake rubber kind.
- Sold his first feature script, First Daughter, in 1999 (released in 2004).
- Modeled for a 2005 Perry Ellis clothing campaign.
- Was ranked No. 70 on VH1's countdown of 100 Greatest Kid Stars.
- Jerry O'Connell Relationships:
- Rebecca Romijn - Wife
- Charlie O'Connell - Brother
- Linda O'Connell - Mother
- Charlie Tamara Tulip O'Connell - Daughter
- Michael O'Connell - Father
- Dolly Rebecca Rose O'Connell - Daughter
- New York University, New York, New York, United States (BFA, 1995); attended Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California, United States