Jonathan Brandis

SeaQuest DSV actor Brandis dead at 27. CNN. November 23, 2003. Archived fromthe originalon December 11, 2003

AfterseaQuest DSVwas canceled in 1996, Brandis appeared in the television filmHer Last Chance, starringKellie Martin.[8]His next role was in the television filmBorn Free: A New Adventure. Shot in South Africa, the film also starredChris Nothas Brandiss characters father.[9]He continued his career in supporting roles inOutside Providence(1999), andRide with the Devil(1999). In 2000, he costarred inBad Girls from Valley High, which, because of distribution problems, was not released until 2005. In 2002, Brandis had a small role inHarts War(2002). The following year, he was cast in111 Gramercy Park, a pilot forABCthat was not picked up by the network. He made his final onscreen appearance in action dramaPuerto Vallarta Squeeze, starringHarvey KeitelandScott Glenn. That film was also released posthumously.

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Actor Jonathan Brandis: Suicide Investigation(Press release). Los Angeles Police Department. November 20, 2003.

From 1995 to 1998, Brandis dated actress and singerTatyana Ali. The then couple were featured in an article inPeoplemagazine in July 1995.[11]

Brandis did not leave a suicide note. After his death, friends reported that he was depressed about his waning career, which had continued to decline in the final years of his life. He was also reportedly disappointed when his appearance in the 2002 war dramaHarts War, a role he had hoped would revive his career, was significantly reduced in the films final cut. Brandis had begun drinking heavily and had said that he intended to kill himself.[15]

Around the age of 17, Brandis landed one of his best-known roles, as scientific prodigyLucas WolenczakinSteven Spielbergs futuristic science fiction seriesseaQuest DSV. The role propelled him intoteen idolstatus.[5]At the height of his popularity, Brandis received approximately 4,000 fan letters a week and had to be escorted onto the set ofseaQuest DSVby three studio security guards because of the many female fans present.[2]During his stint onseaQuest DSV, he co-wrote and produced an episode of the series titled The Siamese Dream.[6]He also voicedMozenrath, an evil young sorcerer and necromancer, in Disneys animated seriesAladdin.[7]Macys Day Parade NY, NY USA 11,1993.

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At 11:40 pm on November 11, 2003, Brandis hanged himself in the hallway of his Los Angeles apartment building. His body was discovered and paramedics were called to transport the actor toCedars-Sinai Medical Center.[12]Brandis died there at 2:44 am on November 12 from injuries he sustained from the hanging.[12][13][14]

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Jonathan Brandis was born inDanbury, Connecticut. He was the only child of Mary, a teacher and personal manager, and Gregory Brandis, a food distributor and firefighter. At the age of two, he began his career as a child model forBuster Brown shoes.[1]At the age of four, Brandis began acting in television commercials.[2][3]He attended Valley Professional School, graduating in 1993.[1]

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In addition to acting, Brandis directed several independent films and authored screenplays.[3]He also produced and directed theshort filmThe Slainesville Boysshortly before his death.[10]

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(April 13, 1976 November 12, 2003) was an American actor. Beginning his career as a child model, Brandis moved on to acting in commercials and subsequently won television and film roles. Brandis made his acting debut in 1982 as Kevin Buchanan on theABCsoap opera. In 1990, he portrayed the main protagonist Bill Denbrough inStephen Kingsupernatural horrorminiseries. In 1990, he starred as Bastian Bux inThe NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter. In 1993, at the age of 17, he was cast in the role ofLucas Wolenczak, a teen prodigy on theNBCseries. The character was popular among teenage female viewers, and Brandis regularly appeared in teen magazines.

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At the age of six, Brandis won the role ofKevin Buchananon the soap operaOne Life to Live. He moved to Los Angeles with his family at age nine, and made guest appearances on shows such asBlossom,L.A. Law,Whos the Boss?,Murder, She Wrote,The Wonder Years,Full HouseandKate & Allie.[4]

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Paul Petersen, a former child actor and president ofA 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.[16]

At the age of fourteen, Brandis was cast, in his first starring role, asBastian BuxinThe NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter. That same year, Brandis played the young Stuttering Bill Denbrough, the main protagonist in the 1990 miniseriesStephen Kings It, alongsideTim Curry, based on the epic horror novel of thesame name. Brandis performance in the film was lauded by critics and audiences. Brandis then appeared inSidekicks, costarring withChuck Norris, and inLadybugs, with actor/comedianRodney Dangerfield.

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On November 12, 2003, Brandis died at the age of 27 after hanging himself.

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