Ronald was born in Queens, New York, to a middle-class family. His father, Arnold was a physicist and his mother a book editor who served in the O.S.S. during World War II, as she spoke fluent German and French.
Jeremy attended Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens, where CIA director Geroge Tenet and Actor Reginald VelJohnson were his classmates. Jeremy earned a bachelor's degree in education and Theater and a master's degree in special education from Queens College in New York. He taugh special-education classes in the New York City area and was a substitute teacher for regular classes.