Jerry O’Connell

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O’Connell in 2013, photo by

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 17, 1974

*50% Irish
*25% Polish
*25% Italian

Jerry O’Connell is an American actor, director, and television presenter. He has had leading roles on the series Sliders and Star Trek: Lower Decks, and in the films Stand by Me, Jerry Maguire, Scream 2, Mission to Mars, and Kangaroo Jack.

Jerry is the son of Linda and Michael O’Connell. His mother, who is American, is of half Polish and half Irish ancestry. His father, who is from England, is of half Irish and half Italian descent; he moved to the U.S. in the 1950s. Jerry also carries a U.K. passport. His brother is actor Charlie O’Connell.

Jerry is married to actress and model Rebecca Romjin, with whom he has two children.

Jerry’s paternal grandfather was from County Cork, Ireland.

Jerry’s maternal grandfather was Charles S. Witkowski, a politician (Charles Stanislaw/Stanley Witkowski, the son of Joseph Witkowski and Blanche Kawko). Charles was born in New Jersey, to Polish parents. A member of the Democratic Party, he was mayor of Jersey City, from May 21, 1957 to June 30, 1960.

Jerry’s maternal grandmother was Florence Victoria Wilson (the daughter of George Crowe Wilson and Anne/Annie Snowden/Snoddy). Florence was born in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and moved to the U.S. as a child. George was the son of William John Wilson and Sarah Carlisle Crowe. Anne was the daughter of Francis Snowdon and Sarah Adams.


Genealogy of Jerry O’Connell (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Jerry’s maternal grandfather, Charles Stanislaw/Stanley Witkowski, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

13 Responses

  1. alexgxo says:

    Correction: O’Connell has stated that his father is British, being born in England to a father from Cork County, Ireland and a mother from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He calls himself “half Irish” and has also stated that he has a British passport (presumably getting it from his father). Source for British passport: (Quote: I have both a U.S. and British passport. I can do a near-perfect London accent.)

    Source for the interview on his paternal grandparents background:

    Quote from article: “I’m half Irish. My father is actually British, his father was from Co Cork, and my maternal grandmother is actually from Belfast. My grandfather emigrated to England, so my father was born in England and my grandmother emigrated as a child from Belfast.”

  2. bablah says:

    *Blanche Kawko

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