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Also Known As: Jonathan Gregory Brandis Died: November 12, 2003
Born: April 13, 1976 Cause of Death: suicide; deprivation of oxygen to the brain due to hanging
Birth Place: Danbury, Connecticut, USA Profession: actor, model

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A TV teen sensation who snared a regular post aboard "seaQuest DSV/seaquest 2030" (NBC, 1993-95), an underwater sci-fi series from Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment, Brandis was admirably convincing as boy genius Lucas Wolenczak, an invaluable crew member of the high-tech submarine in the future. Hailed by TV GUIDE in the summer of 1994 as the "new hot-hot-hot teen mag cover boy", Brandis received over 4000 fan letters a week. Ironically, he first caught the attention of teenaged girls by impersonating one. "Ladybugs" (1992), a mild Rodney Dangerfield vehicle, featured the blond-haired, blue-eyed heartthrob in drag as a ringer on a girl's soccer team. Brandis began his entertainment career at age two appearing in a sales poster for Buster Brown clothing. By five, he was acting in TV ads for Kix cereal and Fisher-Price toys and played a recurring role on the daytime soap "One Life to Live" by age six. He moved with his family to L.A. at nine and soon found work in TV guest spots, pilots, and miniseries. Brandis segued to features as an "additional voice" for "Oliver & Company" (1988), a minor Disney animated effort. He was more visible as an imperiled youngster in the disappointing "Stepfather...

A TV teen sensation who snared a regular post aboard "seaQuest DSV/seaquest 2030" (NBC, 1993-95), an underwater sci-fi series from Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment, Brandis was admirably convincing as boy genius Lucas Wolenczak, an invaluable crew member of the high-tech submarine in the future. Hailed by TV GUIDE in the summer of 1994 as the "new hot-hot-hot teen mag cover boy", Brandis received over 4000 fan letters a week. Ironically, he first caught the attention of teenaged girls by impersonating one. "Ladybugs" (1992), a mild Rodney Dangerfield vehicle, featured the blond-haired, blue-eyed heartthrob in drag as a ringer on a girl's soccer team.

Brandis began his entertainment career at age two appearing in a sales poster for Buster Brown clothing. By five, he was acting in TV ads for Kix cereal and Fisher-Price toys and played a recurring role on the daytime soap "One Life to Live" by age six. He moved with his family to L.A. at nine and soon found work in TV guest spots, pilots, and miniseries. Brandis segued to features as an "additional voice" for "Oliver & Company" (1988), a minor Disney animated effort. He was more visible as an imperiled youngster in the disappointing "Stepfather 2" (1989) and starred as a warrior youth in "Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter" (1990), another lackluster sequel, before gaining attention with "Ladybugs". Brandis was paired with Chuck Norris in the martial arts comedy "Sidekicks" (1993) the summer before submerging himself in "seaQuest". He hoped to bid juvenile roles farewell after starring in the TV-movie "Good King Wenceslas" (1994) and co-starring with Kellie Martin in "Her Last Chance" (NBC, 1996).

Although his billing and the prominence of his adult roles shrank in adulthood, the actor continued to work steadily. Brandis appeared in a supporting role as Mousy in director Michael Corrent's 1999 adaptation of filmmaker Peter Farrelly's novel "Outside Providence" (a less scatalogical offering from one of the Farrelly Brothers), and he was part of the supporting ensemble of Ang Lee's underrated Western "Ride With the Devil" (1999). His next major mainstream screen effort was as one of the army privates in the Bruce Willis military drama "Hart's War" (2000). Among his final film roles was "The Year That Trembled" (2002), independent filmmaker Jay Craven's adaptation of the Scott Lax coming-of-age novel set in Ohio after the shootings at Kent State University, which earned Brandid strong reviews among the cadre of critics who saw the film. In 2003 Brandis' death at age 27 was deemed a suicide; the actor was discovered unconscious after apparently hanging himself at his Los Angeles home.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Year That Trembled, The (2003) Casey Pederson
2.
 Hart's War (2002) Private Lewis P Wakely
3.
 Outside Providence (1999) Mousy
4.
 Ride With the Devil (1999) Cave Wyatt
5.
 Two Came Back (1997) Jason
6.
 Born Free: A New Adventure (1996) Rand Thompson
7.
 Fall Into Darkness (1996) Chad Lear
8.
 Her Last Chance (1996) Preston
9.
 Sidekicks (1993) Barry Gabrewski
10.
 Ladybugs (1992) Matthew--Martha
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1978:
Debut as a print model at age two in a sales poster for Buster Brown clothing (date approximate)
1980:
Began appearing TV commercials at age five (date approximate)
1982:
Became a recurring character on the daytime soap "One Life to Live" at age six (date approximate)
1986:
Moved to LA with his family at age nine
1987:
Acted in the NBC pilot for the Disney Channel series, "Good Morning, Miss Bliss"
1987:
First TV guest spot, "Buck James", an ABC medical drama
1987:
TV miniseries debut, "Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story" on NBC
1988:
Feature debut, provided an additional voice for the Disney animated feature, "Oliver & Company"
1989:
First substantial feature role, "Stepfather 2"
1990:
First feature starring role, "Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter", a US-German co-production
1990:
Co-starred as the young Richard Thomas in "Stephen King's 'IT'", an ABC miniseries
1992:
Breakthrough feature role, "Ladybugs", solidified teen idol status
1993:
Debut as a TV series regular, played boy genius Lucas Wolenczak on "seaQuest DSV/seaquest 2030"
1996:
Provided character voice for the animated series "Alladin"
1999:
Appeared as the lead character's best friend in "Outside Providence"
1999:
Had featured role in "Ride With the Devil"
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Education

Sutter Junior High School: Canoga Park , California -
Valley Professional School: - 1993

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companion:
Vinessa Shaw. Actor. Dated briefly after meeting during filming of "Ladybugs".
companion:
Tatiana Ali. Actor.

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father:
Greg Brandis. Former firefighter, food distributor. Born c. 1947; owns a food distributorship.
mother:
Mary Brandis. Former teacher, personal manager. Born c. 1948; manages Brandis' career.

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