The Moment

Jerry O’Connell on Stand by Me, Jerry Maguire, and Acting

The longtime actor reflects on his iconic role as Vern Tessio.

Jerry O'Connell
Actor Jerry O’Connell, pictured in Los Angeles in 2013.

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photo by Gus Ruelas/Reuters.

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Jerry O’Connell, the actor best known for his roles in Stand by Me and Jerry Maguire. Brian and Jerry reflect on the life of River Phoenix and the audition that landed Jerry a Jerry Maguire role. Also, he says it was never his intention to be pitted against Tom Cruise after his comments a few weeks back and discusses why there’s still nothing quite like performing for a packed Broadway theater.


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