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Jonathan Brandis
Born Jonathan Gregory Brandis
April 13, 1976(1976-04-13)
Danbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Died November 12, 2003 (aged 27)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter
Years active 1982–2003

Jonathan Gregory Brandis (April 13, 1976 – November 12, 2003) was an American actor, director, and screenwriter.


Early life and career

Brandis was born in Danbury, Connecticut, the only child of Mary, a teacher and personal manager, and Gregory Brandis, a food distributor and firefighter.[1] He began his career as a child model and began acting in television commercials.[2][3] Brandis got his showbiz break at the age of six when he landed a recurring role on One Life to Live. He moved to Los Angeles with his family at age nine, and made guest appearances on shows such as L.A. Law, Who's the Boss?, Murder, She Wrote, Full House and Kate & Allie.[4]

In 1990, he received his first starring role in The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter as Bastian Bux, a young boy who returns to a world of wonder on the wings of his imagination. That same year, Brandis played the young "Stuttering Bill" Denbrough, the main character in the 1990 miniseries Stephen King's It, based on the epic horror novel by Stephen King. In 1992, he returned to film with roles in Sidekicks co-starring Chuck Norris and Ladybugs with actor/comedian Rodney Dangerfield. The following year, Brandis landed one of his most well known roles as scientific prodigy Lucas Wolenczak in Steven Spielberg's futuristic science fiction series seaQuest DSV. The role propelled him into teen idol status.[5] During the run of seaQuest DSV, he also voiced Mozenrath, a young evil sorcerer and necromancer in Disney's animated series Aladdin.[6]

In addition to acting, Brandis also directed several independent films and authored screenplays.[3] During his stint on seaQuest DSV, he co-wrote an episode of the series entitled "The Siamese Dream".[7] He also produced and directed the short film The Slainville Boys, shortly before his death.[8]

Personal life

Brandis dated actress/singer Tatyana Ali from May 1995[9] until 1998.[10]


On November 12, 2003, Brandis died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from injuries he suffered after he hanged himself.[11] He was 27 years old. The Los Angeles Police Department released a statement regarding his death:

On November 11, 2003, at about 11:40 p.m., a friend of Jonathan Brandis called police to report that the actor had attempted suicide at his apartment, located in the 600 block of Detroit Avenue. Paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire department responded and transported Brandis to Cedars Sinai Medical Center where he eventually died from his injuries. Brandis's death was announced by hospital staff on November 12, 2003, at about 2:45 p.m."[12]

Brandis did not leave a suicide note, although friends were quoted as saying he was lonely and depressed about his lagging career. One friend admitted that Brandis drank heavily, and had even mentioned that he might kill himself. He was also said to be upset when his appearance in Hart's War, a role he hoped would be his comeback, was cut from the film.[13]

Following Brandis's death, Paul Petersen, president of A Minor Consideration, an organization that deals with issues affecting child actors stated, "Speculations as to the underlying cause of this tragedy are exactly that: speculations. It serves no purpose to leap to conclusions for none of us will really know what led Jonathan to his decision to take his life".[14]


Year Film Role Notes
1987 Fatal Attraction Party Guest
1988 The Wrong Guys Kid Tim
Oliver & Company Additional voices
1989 Stepfather II Todd Grayland
1990 Ghost Dad Additional voices
The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter Bastian Bux
1992 Ladybugs Matthew/Martha
Sidekicks Barry Gabrewski
1998 Between the Sheets Robert Avacado
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures: Magic Makers Mozenrath Voice
1999 Outside Providence Mousy
Ride with the Devil Cave Wyatt
2002 Hart's War Pvt. Lewis P. Wakely Scenes deleted
The Year That Trembled Casey Pedersen
2004 Puerto Vallarta Squeeze Neil Weatherford Released posthumously
The Slainesville Boys
Released posthumously
2005 Bad Girls From Valley High Drew Alternative title: A Fate Totally Worse Than Death
Released posthumously
Year Title Role Notes
1982 One Life to Live Young Kevin Riley Buchanan Unknown episodes
1984 Kate & Allie Chip's Friend 1 episode
1986 Mystery Magical Special Jonathan Television special
Sledge Hammer! Young Sledge 1 episode
1987 Good Morning, Miss Bliss Michael Thompson 1 episode
L.A. Law Kevin Talbot 2 episodes
Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story Lance, Age 11 Television movie
1988 Mars: Base One Television movie
Webster Bobby 1 episode
1989 Full House Michael Montfort 1 episode
Who's the Boss? Paul 1 episode
1990 Murder, She Wrote Kevin Bryce 1 episode
Alien Nation Andron 1 episode
The Flash Terry Cohan 1 episode
The Munsters Today Matt Glover 1 episode
It Bill Denbrough (Age 12) Miniseries
1991 Gabriel's Fire Matthew Fixx 1 episode
The Wonder Years Steve 1 episode
Our Shining Moment Michael "Scooter" McGuire Television movie
Blossom Stevie 1 episode
1992 Crossroads Michael Stahl 1 episode
1993 Saved by the Bell: The College Years Himself 1 episode
1993-1996 seaQuest DSV Lucas Wolenczak 57 episodes
1994 Good King Wenceslas Prince Wenceslas Television movie
1994-1995 Aladdin Mozenrath (Voice) 8 episodes
1996 Her Last Chance Preston Altherton Television movie
Born Free: A New Adventure Randal "Rand" Everett Thompson Television movie
Fall Into Darkness Chad Television movie
1997 Two Came Back Jason Television movie
2003 111 Gramercy Park Will Karnegian Unsold pilot

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Film or series
1991 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Young Actor Guest Starring in a Television Series The Flash
1992 Nominated Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter
1993 Nominated Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture Lady Bugs (Shared with cast)
Nominated Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture Lady Bugs
1994 Won Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Television Series seaQuest DSV
1995 Nominated Best Performance by a Youth Actor in a TV Mini-Series or Special Good King Wenceslas
1992 Saturn Award Nominated Best Performance by a Younger Actor The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter


  1. ^ Jonathan Brandis Biography (1976-)
  2. ^ McLellan, Dennis (2003-11-21). "Actor Jonathan Brandis dies at 27". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ a b Gould, Joe (2004-01-18). "Fans Weep For Danbury Star Whose Suicide Ended Career". Danbury News-Times. 
  4. ^ "'SeaQuest DSV' actor Brandis dead at 21". 2003-11-23. Retrieved 2003-05-24. 
  5. ^ Benton, Nicholas F. (2003-12-04). "From Heartthrob to Heartache: The Suicide of a Former Teen Idol". Falls Church News-Press. 
  6. ^ Ortega, Albert (2003-11-24). "Teen idol Jonathan Brandis dies at 27". Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  7. ^ The Siamese Dream at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ The Slainville Boys at the Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ Jewel, Dan (1996-07-08). "Young Love". People.,,20141725,00.html. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  10. ^ "Tatyana Ali Biography". Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  11. ^ "Ten actors who died in their 20s". 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  12. ^ "Los Angeles Police Department: News Release". 2003-11-20. 
  13. ^ "A Teen Heartthrob Takes His Life". People. 2003-12-06. 
  14. ^ "Jonathan Brandis' Death a Suicide". 2003-11-20. 

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