Played the "heartbreaker" in Mariah Carey's "Heartbreaker" video. The single went on to become Mariah's 14th #1 hit.
Two of the TV shows he has been in, "Sliders" (1995) and "Crossing Jordan" (2001), both have had episodes named "O, Brother, Where art Thou."
Dated Debra Pelletier.
Announced his engagement to actress Rebecca Romijn (September 2005).
While attending NYU, he was saber captain of the varsity fencing team. He was ranked as high as #17 in the country.
Father was an art director and mother was an art teacher.
Was number 70 on vh1's "100 Greatest Kid Stars" (2005) (mini)
He attended the Professional Children's School in New York City. His classmates included Tara Reid, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Macaulay Culkin, and Ben Taylor.
Brother of actor/model Charlie O'Connell.
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 at NYU, he was a Resident Assistant.
Attended New York University. Graduated from in May 1995 with a degree in Film and Television.
Dated Sarah Michelle Gellar. (1998-1999)
Signed by an agent at age 10 and was discovered gobbling up cookies in a Duncan Hines commercial.
While practicing his lines for Stand by Me (1986), was completely impressed that, as an 11-year-old, he was being allowed to swear.
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