Hunky actor Jerry O'Connell once played the chunky Vern in the film Stand by Me. Young freckle-faced Jerry grew up with mom, dad and brother, Charlie, in Manhattan. After graduating from New York University, he headed for Hollywood and quickly landed roles: first in the sci-fi television series Sliders, then as Tom Cruise's star quarterback in Jerry Maguire and as Neve Campbell's boyfriend in Scream 2. Since 2001, Jerry's been solving crimes as detective Woody Hoyt on the NBC detective series Crossing Jordan. And his all-American good looks just landed him a modeling contract with Perry Ellis.
On top of that, Jerry's younger brother, Charlie O'Connell, was the heartthrob on the seventh edition of ABC's hit show The Bachelor. Jerry says he finds watching his brother's rose ceremonies particularly nerve-racking. "These are people's feelings, you know?" Jerry says. "And I feel very uncomfortable for him. To be frankly honest, I can't watch it the whole time."
Jerry says Charlie currently "is dating two of the girls, and he's really in love. He really is."
With his new stylish home makeover by Nate Berkus and Charlie's new romance, big things are afoot. "This is like the year of maturity for the Brothers O'Connell," Jerry says. "I mean, my brother's dropping L-bombs? 'I love her.' I'm, like, 'Wow, I've got white towels and you're dropping L-bombs.' It's crazy!"