Known for movies

Short Info

DiedNovember 12, 2003, West Hollywood, California, United States
MarkBright blue eyes
FactWas an only child.


Who is Jonathan Brandis?

Jonathan Brandis was an American actor who came to prominence during his teenage years, for starring in movies such as “The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter” (1992) and “Ladybugs” (1992). He was also widely recognized from his appearances in the ABC’s soap opera “One Life to Live” and the NBC’s Primetime Emmy Award-winning TV series “SeaQuest 2032” (known also as “SeaQuest DSV”). He passed away in 2003.

Early Life and Childhood

Jonathan Gregory Brandis was born under the zodiac sign of Aries on the 13th April 1976, in Danbury, Connecticut USA, the only child of personal manager and teacher Mary, and firefighter and food distributor Gregory Brandis. He was of white ethnicity and American nationality, and of Irish and Italian ancestry through his mother, and of English, Scottish and German descent through his father’s side.

He dived into the world of showbiz at the age of only two, when he became a model for the Brown Shoe Company, while at the age of four he was already appearing in a variety of TV commercials.

In 1993, Jonathan matriculated from the San Fernando Valley Professional School in Burbank, California.

Career

Jonathan began his on-camera acting career at the age of six, when in 1982 he appeared as young Kevin Buchanan in an episode of one of the longest-runnng American soap operas – “One Life to Live”. After relocating to Los Angeles, California with his family in 1983, young Brandis went on to hone his acting skills through a streak of appearances in television series such as the Golden Globe-nominated “Kate & Allie”, “Sledge Hammer!”, and “L.A. Law” before making his big screen debut in 1988 in the comedy movie “The Wrong Guys”.

Later that year, he was cast for the recurring role of young Nick in the TV mini series “Pacific Bell: The Rain Children”, after which he appeared in the horror movie “Stepfather II” and TV series “Murder, She Wrote” and “Alien Nation”.

Into the limelight Jonathan came in 1990, when he portrayed the leading role of Bastian in the fantasy adventure movie “The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter”, for which he was honored with nominations for the Young Artist Award as well as the Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA.

Subsequently, he was cast to appear as Bill Denbrough in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning TV horror mini-series “It”, based on an eponymous novel of Stephen King, for which he was also praised by the critics.

With his popularity on the rise, young Jonathan appeared in several popular TV series at that time, such as “Gabriel’s Fire”, “The Wonder Years” and “Blossom”, before starring in the 1992 sports comedy film “Ladybugs”, for which he was honored with two more Young Artist Awards’ nominations. Later that year, he appeared opposite Chuck Norris in the action comedy film “Sidekicks”, after which he was cast for one of the most memorable roles of his career, as Lucas Wolenczak in the TV Sci-Fi series “SeaQuest 2032”.

Jonathan Brandis

The plot is set in the year 2018, and follows the lives of the high-tech submarine’s crew and their adventures while harvesting the world’s only remaining natural resources from the bottom of the ocean. In the course of the next four years, during the show’s three seasons-long run, Brandis appeared in 57 episodes, earning a huge dose of popularity.

Between 1994 and 1995 he voice-acted as the recurring character of Mozenrath in the TV animated adventure series “Aladdin”, before appearing in TV movies “Fall Into Darkness” and “Two Came Back” in 1996 and 1997 respectively.

In 1999 Jonathan Brandis guest-starred in the comedy drama movie “Outside Providence”, as well as in the war drama film “Ride with the Devil”. In 2002, he briefly appeared opposite Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell in the war drama film “Hart’s War”, while in 2003 he was cast in the critically praised TV movie “111 Gramercy Park”.

Personal Life

Between 1995 and 1998 he was in a relationship with a fellow colleague, American actress and singer Tatyana Ali, who is probably best known for her appearances in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” sitcom.

In 2000 Brandis dated another colleague, actress Monica Keena who is widely recognized for appearing in the TV series “Dawson’s Creek”, and movies “Freddy vs. Jason” (2003) and “Aftermath” (2014).

Death

At the age of 27, on the 11th November 2003, Jonathan Brandis was found hanged in his apartment in Los Angeles. Despite all efforts from the medical team of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, he died on the 12th November from the injuries sustained by hanging himself.

After his suicide, his close friends revealed to the public that he was suffering from depression, primarily caused by his ‘waning career’.

Net Worth

Authoritative sources have estimated that as of early 2020, the total of Jonathan Brandis’ net worth would revolve around the sum of at least $400,000, acquired through his prematurely ended career, during which he added over 50 acting credits to his professional portfolio.

General Info

Full NameJonathan Brandis
DiedNovember 12, 2003, West Hollywood, California, United States
Height1.75 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film director, Actor
NationalityAmerican

Family

ParentsMary Brandis, Gregory Brandis

Accomplishments

MoviesThe NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter, Sidekicks, Ladybugs, Hart's War, Fall Into Darkness, Stepfather II, The Year That Trembled, Outside Providence, Ride with the Devil, Bad Girls from Valley High, Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, Two Came Back, Fatal Attraction, Born Free: A New Adventure, The Slain...
TV ShowsseaQuest DSV, Gabriel's Fire, The Munsters Today, It, Pros and Cons

Social profile links

Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Mischevious smile
2Bright blue eyes

Quotes

#Quote
1[speaking in 1994] I want to be remembered as an actor who put in some good work in the beginning of his career, even better work at the end of his career and slowly, successfully made the transition into writing and directing.
2My friends would probably describe me as silly. And honest. And that I think about things a bit too much.
3I want to direct, I want to be part of something creative, something with quality. My biggest fear as an actor is being involved in something mediocre, or being mediocre myself. I've taken classes on screen-writing and, of course, I read a lot of scripts. Writing is what I'd really like to move towards. Right now, though, it just doesn't pay the mortgage.
4Teen magazines keep writing that my eyes "twinkle" when I talk. Look, I'm a guy. I don't twinkle, you know! You can say that my eyes "sparkle" maybe, but not "twinkle", alright? Got that, teen magazine writers?!

Facts

#Fact
1His father has English, and some German, ancestry. His mother is of half Irish and half Italian descent. The surname "Brandis" traces back to Jonathan's paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Henry William Brandis, who was born in Prussia.
2Was in a relationship with actress Tatyana Ali for 3 years.
3Was best friends with Jason Marsden.
4He was cremated and his ashes are in the possession of his family.
5He was the only actor to appear in all 57 episodes of SeaQuest 2032 (1993).
6Considered Roy Scheider to be the person of the biggest influence on him as an actor.
7Was set to direct an episode of SeaQuest 2032 (1993), but the show was canceled before he had the chance to do so.
8As a teenager, in hopes of preparing for a directing career as well as an acting career, he filmed movies starring his friends using a home video camera.
9In the start of his teenage-life, he was considered a bit short. This phenomenon was in fact due to that he was actually also growing as an adult. During filming Sidekicks (1992) he had the same height as Mako, (5' 4"). He then seriously grew in his late teenage years. In the last season of SeaQuest 2032 (1993) when he was about 19 years old, he reached the height 5'9". He then kept this height for some few years until during filming of Outside Providence (1999) when he finally received his adult height of 6'.
10An action figure was created based on his character, Lucas Wolenczak, from SeaQuest 2032 (1993).
11Was considered for Saved by the Bell (1989).
12He was friends with childhood neighbor, actress Juliette Clarke.
13The Slainesville Boys (2004), completed in 2003, would have been his directorial debut.
14After his death dozens upon dozens of Internet communities and memorial websites were devoted to him.
15Coincidentally, his date to the high school prom was Clueless (1995) star Brittany Murphy, another actress who died at a young age. Jonathan died in 2003 at age 27, and Brittany died in 2009 at age 32 from pneumonia.
16Was an only child.
17At the 15th Annual Youth in Film Awards, he won Best Youth Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Series for SeaQuest 2032 (1993).
18An avid Pez collector.
19Auditioned for the role of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002).
20Dated Monica Keena. [2000]
21Attended a special actors school and graduated after doubling his high school classes.
22He claimed that his dad was one of the main inspirations in his life, having taught him about the "business from an early age".
23He performed in more than 85 commercials.
24He co-wrote the SeaQuest 2032 (1993) episode SeaQuest 2032: The Siamese Dream (1995).

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bad Girls from Valley High2005Drew
Puerto Vallarta Squeeze2004Neil Weatherford
111 Gramercy Park2003TV MovieWill Karnegian
Between the Sheets2003Robert Avocado
The Year That Trembled2002Casey Pedersen
Hart's War2002Pvt. Lewis P. Wakely (scenes deleted)
Ride with the Devil1999/ICave Wyatt
Outside Providence1999Mousy
Two Came Back1997TV MovieJason
Fall Into Darkness1996TV MovieChad Lear
SeaQuest 20321993-1996TV SeriesLucas Wolenczak Ensign Lucas Wolenczak
Born Free: A New Adventure1996TV MovieRandolph 'Rand' Thompson
Her Last Chance1996TV MoviePreston Altherton
Aladdin1994-1995TV SeriesMozenrath
Good King Wenceslas1994TV MoviePrince Wenceslas
Saved by the Bell: The College Years1993TV SeriesJonathan Brandis
Sidekicks1992Barry Gabrewski
Crossroads1992TV SeriesMichael Stahl
Ladybugs1992Matthew / Martha
Do Not Bring That Python in the House1992TV MovieGabriel Miller
Pros and Cons1991TV SeriesDanny
Blossom1991TV SeriesStevie
Our Shining Moment1991TV MovieMichael 'Scooter' McGuire
The Wonder Years1991TV SeriesSteve
Gabriel's Fire1991TV SeriesMatthew Fixx
It1990TV Mini-SeriesYoung Bill Denbrough Bill Denbrough - Age 12
The Flash1990TV SeriesTerry Cohan
The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter1990Bastian
The Munsters Today1990TV SeriesMatt Glover
Ghost Dad1990Additional Voices (voice)
Alien Nation1990TV SeriesAndron
Murder, She Wrote1990TV SeriesKevin Bryce
Stepfather II1989Todd Grayland
Who's the Boss?1989TV SeriesPaul
Full House1989TV SeriesMichael Monford
Mars: Base One1988TV Movie
Oliver & Company1988Additional Voice (voice)
Webster1988TV SeriesBobby
Home Free1988TV MovieVladimir D'Lugash
The Wrong Guys1988Kid Tim
Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story1987TV MovieLance Reventlow - age 11 (parts 4-5)
L.A. Law1987TV SeriesKevin Talbot
Buck James1987TV Series
Fatal Attraction1987Party Guest
Good Morning, Miss Bliss1987TV SeriesMichael Thompson
Mystery Magical Special1986TV MovieJonathan
Sledge Hammer!1986TV SeriesYoung Sledge
Kate & Allie1984TV SeriesChip's Friend
One Life to Live1968TV SeriesYoung Kevin Riley Buchanan (1982)

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Short Time1990ADR artist
Pet Sematary1989ADR loop group

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Slainesville Boys2004Short

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SeaQuest 20321995TV Series written by - 1 episode

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Slainesville Boys2004Short producer

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stepfather II1989performer: "Camptown Races" - uncredited

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
28th NAACP Image Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Sea World/Busch Gardens Party for the Planet1995TV MovieHimself - Guest
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '951995TV SpecialHimself
Masters of Illusion: The Wizards of Special Effects1994TV Special documentaryHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1993TV MovieHimself
The All New Mickey Mouse Club1992TV SeriesHimself
The Earth Day Special1990TV SpecialHimself
The More You Know1989TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Boulevard of Broken Dreams2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Dr. X's Creatures2003TV SeriesVarious Characters (2003)
Aladdin's Arabian Adventures: Magic Makers1995VideoMozenrath

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1994Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Youth Actor Leading Role in a Television SeriesSeaquest DSV (1993)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1995Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance by a Youth Actor in a TV Mini-Series or SpecialGood King Wenceslas (1994)
1993Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsOutstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion PictureLadybugs (1992)
1993Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor Starring in a Motion PictureLadybugs (1992)
1992Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Performance by a Younger ActorThe Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter (1990)
1992Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor Starring in a Motion PictureThe Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter (1990)
1991Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor Guest Starring in a Television SeriesThe Flash (1990)

2nd Place Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1994Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Male TV Star (TV-Star m)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia
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13 Comments

    • Stephen King’s it is my favourite film and he was superb in the film. It’s so sad when someone takes their own life and especially when they are young like Jonathan

    • bill nelson Reply

      WHY did he feel so lost that life had no point? He SEEMS to have had EVERYthing a 26 yr.old could want…FAME ~reasonable wealth…He was certainly attractive. And he looked healthy. He had no incurable disease…WTF happened? I don’t understand…

  1. Stephanie Jean Roiland Reply

    This story still breaks my heart. Love you forever, Jonathan.

  2. He was murdered!!! He’d been molested as a child by very famous men, then killed off to keep his mouth shut. Y’all still think it’s a coincidence that all these celebs decide to hang themselves at 27?? Yeah right. Hollywood is EVIL and everyone’s starting to catch on

    • I absolutely agree with you 💯💯
      There is a club called the club 27
      Death I think you might know it
      GOD speed sista keep up the great work on exposing the truth

    • I honestly thought the same thing y he died back then all those young actresses were being molested to scared to talk…I don’t think he killer himself ..

  3. I think he was murdered….poor handsome young man deserved the world he was the best actor on all his films since he was little..he also deserved more fortune ..I really hope the real truth comes out!

  4. miriam jensen Reply

    the seaquest plot wasnt set in 2018. and he did kill him self but he wasnt molested and he wasnt murdered either it was corey haim who was molested not brandis

  5. Ahjicho Sobukwe Reply

    I believe that Jonathan brandis was murder and that there was a cover up that his father killed him because Jonathan brandis turned down movie offers and I know that Jonathan brandis his dad made it look like he hang himself and he wants justice for what happened to him

  6. He was murdered!!! He’d been molested as a child by very famous men, then killed off to keep his mouth shut. Y’all still think it’s a coincidence that all these celebs decide to hang themselves at 27?? Yeah right. Hollywood is EVIL and everyone’s starting to catch on it,s true was murder and He’d been molested as a child by very famous men, then killed to keep his mouth shut his justice will come too light the real trueth will come out that he was molested and he was murder i had a crush on jonathan brandis when he was alive i have love too marry him have a family with him he was my type and when he was alive joanthan brandis was the one i was looking forward to having a family with i wouid have love too be married jonathan brandis he was my lovey dovey

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