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Vern Tessio is the tetartagonist of the 1986 drama Stand by Me. He is a preteenaged boy who is shy and overweight. While nine months of trying to find a quart jar of pennies that he apparently buried under his house at the beginning of a school year, he heard his brother talking to a fellow gang member about finding the body of a dead kid his age named Ray Brower in the outskirts of Harlow. Upon hearing this, he convinced his friends, Gordie LaChance, Chris Chambers and Teddy Duchamp to set out to try to find the body. He is often ridiculed by the others.
Vern was played by Jerry O'Connell, who would later play Charlie Carbone in Kangaroo Jack.