Jerry O'Connell was born in New York
on February 17th, 1974. Raised in Manhattan with younger brother Charlie,
Jerry discovered acting at an early age. He appeared as an extra in
"Hannah and Her Sisters" and had the opportunity to study
theater with Marlene Mancini and Hebert Berghof of H.B. Studios. As
a youngster, O'Connell did commercial work for Duncan Hines cookies. Shortly
after at the age of eleven, he landed his first feature starring role
in Rob Reiner's "Stand By Me". As a teenager, he starred in
the series "My Secret Identity", and attended Manhattan's
Professional Children's School.
Jerry went on to attend New York
University where he majored in film and served as captain of the saber team.
During a break from NYU, he starred in the feature film "Calendar Girl"
along side Jason Priestly and Gabriel Olds. In his Junior year, Jerry
decided to try out for two TV pilots: "Sliders" and "Party
of Five." He was offered the role of Quinn Mallory in the TV series
"Sliders" 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.
Jerry has since gone on to star in such
movies as "Body Shots," "Mission to Mars," "Tomcats"
and the upcoming "Down and Under". He will soon be starring
in "First Daughter", a feature film for which he has written the
screenplay. Other notable feature films include "Joe's Apartment,"
"Jerry Maguire," and "Scream 2." He currently resides
in Los Angeles with his brother Charlie (also an actor) close by.