Jerry O'Connell is an American actor best known for his roles as Vern Tessio in the 1986 feature film Stand by Me; as Quinn Mallory in the television series Sliders (1995-1999); and as Detective Woody Hoyt in the drama series Crossing Jordan, from 2002-2007.
Other television credits include starring in the TV movie What the Deaf Man Heard and the mini-series The '60s.
Recent film credits include the comedy Yours, Mine and Ours and the independent films Man About Town, with Ben Affleck, and Room 6, with Christine Taylor.
O'Connell began his acting career at the age of 11, when he co-starred in Stand By Me, directed by Rob Reiner. He took a break from acting and didn't return to it full-time until after he completed his education at New York University.
Upon graduating he returned to feature film work, receiving critical acclaim for his role as Cush in Jerry Maguire, with Tom Cruise. He also starred in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced comedy Kangaroo Jack, and in Tomcats for Joe Roth's Revolution Studios.
Additional screen credits include Scream 2, Can't Hardly Wait and Mission to Mars.
O'Connell was born and raised in New York and currently resides in Los Angeles. He is the older brother of actor Charlie O'Connell.