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Jeremiah O'Connell was born on February 17, 1974 in Manhattan, New York City. He is known for his film roles in Stand by Me, Joe's Apartment, Jerry Maguire, Scream 2, and Kangaroo Jack in addition to his television roles in My Secret Identity, Sliders, Crossing Jordan, and The Defenders.
O'Connell attended the Professional Children's School in Manhattan and went on to major in film at New York University, graduating in 1995. He began his career as a child actor, landing his big break in the 1986 film Stand by Me, starring as Vern Tessio. His next major roles were the lead character of Andrew Clements in the Canadian sci-fi sitcom My Secret Identity, in which he starred in 72 episodes from 1988 to 1991, and Brody Wilder in the ABC sitcom Camp Wilder from 1992 to 1993.
He was cast in a string of high-profile Hollywood films throughout the '90s, including the titular role in Joe's Apartment (1996), the role of Frank Cushman in Jerry Maguire (1996), and Derek in the popular thriller Scream 2 (1997). O'Connell also starred as Quinn Mallory in the sci-fi series Sliders, starring in 69 episodes from 1995 through 1999. In the 2000s, he starred in Mission to Mars (2000), Tomcats (2001), Kangaroo Jack (2003), and played Detective Woody Hoyt in the NBC crime drama Crossing Jordan, starring in 88 episodes from 2002 to 2007 and in the spinoff series Las Vegas from 2004 to 2006. Other notable credits in the 2000s include ABC's Carpoolers (2007-8), Fox's Do Not Disturb (2008), and the thriller film Obsessed (2009).
In 2010, O'Connell starred as Derrick Jones in the comedy horror Piranha 3D and was cast as Jim Belushi in the CBS series The Defenders, starring in 18 episodes through 2011. In 2013, he would star as Stuart Strickland on CBS's We Are Men and as Henry on Burning Love. O'Connell's recent notable screen credits include Billions (2016-19), Mistresses (2016), Scream Queens (2016), The Big Bang Theory (2018), and Carter (2018-19). He also voices the role of Clark Kent/Superman in the DC Comics animated movie universe.
On stage, O'Connell made his Broadway debut in the Broadway premiere of Theresa Rebeck's Seminar in October 2011 at the Golden Theatre, running through May 2012. He made his Off-Broadway debut for Second Stage Theater in May 2014, starring in Bess Wohl's American Hero at the McGinn-Cazale Theater and he would return to Broadway in March 2015 to star in the comedy Living on Love at the Longacre Theatre. He then made his Roundabout Theatre Company debut in the Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama A Soldier's Play as Captain Charles Taylor at the American Airlines Theatre from December 27, 2019 through March 11, 2020.