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Also Known As: Brian Eric Bonsall Died:
Born: December 3, 1981 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Torrance, California, USA Profession: actor, singer, musician

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A precocious blond moppet of television fame who graduated to features upon adolescence, Brian Bonsall made his first impact as Andrew Keaton, the adorable little brother of Michael J Fox, during the last three seasons (1986-89) of the hit NBC sitcom "Family Ties." So cute as to tug at maternal heartstrings, he proved a natural for issue-oriented TV movies about such subjects as juvenile AIDS like "Go Toward the Light" (CBS, 1988) and child molestation with "Do You Know the Muffin Man?" (CBS, 1989). Bonsall's credits include various TV specials and series guest spots. Under heavy make-up, he portrayed the Klingon youth Alexander, the son of Worf, on the syndicated "Star Trek: The Next Generation." In his feature debut, "Mikey" (1992), Bonsall was improbably cast as a psychotic kid who murders a succession of foster families. He reverted to type as the innocent son of Patrick Swayze in "Father Hood" (1993).By 1994, Bonsall was tiring of the acting grind and after appearing in that year's uninspired "Blank Check" and two TV movies - "Father and Scout" (ABC) and "Lily in Winter" (USA Network) - he more or less retired when his mother and future stepfather relocated to Denver, CO. Proving unruly in...

A precocious blond moppet of television fame who graduated to features upon adolescence, Brian Bonsall made his first impact as Andrew Keaton, the adorable little brother of Michael J Fox, during the last three seasons (1986-89) of the hit NBC sitcom "Family Ties." So cute as to tug at maternal heartstrings, he proved a natural for issue-oriented TV movies about such subjects as juvenile AIDS like "Go Toward the Light" (CBS, 1988) and child molestation with "Do You Know the Muffin Man?" (CBS, 1989). Bonsall's credits include various TV specials and series guest spots. Under heavy make-up, he portrayed the Klingon youth Alexander, the son of Worf, on the syndicated "Star Trek: The Next Generation." In his feature debut, "Mikey" (1992), Bonsall was improbably cast as a psychotic kid who murders a succession of foster families. He reverted to type as the innocent son of Patrick Swayze in "Father Hood" (1993).

By 1994, Bonsall was tiring of the acting grind and after appearing in that year's uninspired "Blank Check" and two TV movies - "Father and Scout" (ABC) and "Lily in Winter" (USA Network) - he more or less retired when his mother and future stepfather relocated to Denver, CO. Proving unruly in school, he was sent to the Missouri Military Academy for a year before returning to Colorado. In Denver, he and two friends formed the punk rock band, Late Bloomers, and issued a recording, This One's for Dick. When asked about a possible return to acting, Bonsall stated he planned instead to defer college and concentrate on a music career when he graduated from high school in 2000. He would make news almost a decade later after several run-ins with the law, including an arrest for assault in 2009 and another arrest only two months later for marijuana usage in violation of the terms of his release from the previous incident.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Blank Check (1994) Preston Waters
2.
 Lily in Winter (1994) Michael Towler
3.
 Father and Scout (1994) Michael Paley
4.
 Father Hood (1993) Eddie Charles
5.
 Desperate Motive (1993) Alex Sullivan
6.
 Mikey (1992) Mikey
7.
 Angel of Death (1990) Josh Hendricks
8.
 Do You Know the Muffin Man? (1989) Teddy Dollison
9.
 Go Toward the Light (1988) Zack
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1992:
Cast as Alexander Rozhenko, the son of Worf, on the syndicated series "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
1990:
Had a starring role in the made-for-TV movie "Do You Know the Muffin Man?"
1994:
Last film to date, "Blank Check"
1986:
Made acting debut playing Andrew Keaton on the hit NBC sitcom "Family Ties"
1988:
First TV movie, "Go Toward the Light," a CBS-TV movie about juvenile AIDS
1993:
Played Patrick Swayze's young son in "Father Hood"
:
Appeared in a series of three TV commercials with Art Carney for Coca Cola
1994:
Played the son of Bob Saget in the ABC TV-movie "Father and Scout"
1998:
Formed the rock band Late Bloomers
1992:
Made his feature debut in the title role of "Mikey"
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Education

Boulder High School: Boulder, Colorado - 2000

Notes

Brian Bonsall was arrested May 2004 on suspicion of drunken driving

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father:
Garth Bonsall. Telephone lineman. Born c. 1943; divorced from Bonsall's mother.
mother:
Kathleen Larkin. Born c. 1956; divorced from Bonsall's father; remarried in 1996.
step-father:
Ken Larkin. Builder. Born c. 1956.
sister:
Jennifer Bonsall. Born c. 1977.
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