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Jonathan Brandis's Death

Jonathan Brandis

The life and death of Jonathan Brandis:

He accomplished a lot in his brief life as a child model, actor, director and screenwriter. A fixture in teen magazines, he's best remembered for his role in the NBC TV series "seaQuest DSV". However, he died of injuries suffered when he mysteriously hanged himself in his Los Angeles home at the age of 27.

Jonathan Brandis was born in Danbury, Connecticut. His mother Mary was a teacher.

Jonathan Brandis baby picture

His father Gregory was a firefighter and food distributor. Jonathan was only four years old when he started working as a child model…

Jonathan Brandis age 4

…and started appearing in TV commercials.

By the time he was six, he'd netted the role of Kevin Buchanan on the "One Life to Live" soap opera. The family had relocated to Los Angeles and Jonathan racked up an impressive resume, appearing on other TV shows like "Who's the Boss", "The Wonder Years", "L.A. Law", "Full House", "Kate & Allie" and "Murder She Wrote."

Jonathan Brandis in Steven King's IT in 1990

He also worked in movies, with a major role in Steven King's "It" in 1990.

Jonathan Brandis in Steven King's IT in 1990

Other film appearances came in "Sidekicks" with Chuck Norris and Rodney Dangerfield's "Ladybugs".

By the age of 17, he landed his biggest part as Lucas Wolenczak, a scientific prodigy and Steven Spielberg's "seaQuest DSV".

Besides his acting, Jonathan also directed several independent films and wrote screenplays, while also hitting the TV talk show circuit.

He dated Tatyana Ali…

Jonathan Brandis with Tatayana Ali

…who'd been part of the cast of the NBC TV sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

But in November, 2003, it all ended when Jonathan died at a Los Angeles hospital from injuries he suffered when he hanged himself.

Jonathan Brandis around 2003

A friend found him and there was no suicide note. No one knows the full reason, although some friends said he was depressed because his career was slowing and that he was drinking heavily.

Jonathan Brandis newspaper report of his death

This is believed to be his last publicity photo.

last publicity photo of Jonathan Brandis

Jonathan's remains were cremated and his ashes were given to loved ones.

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