Jonathan Brandis

Actor, Model
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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/12/1976 in Danbury, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

It: Part One 2015 (Movie)

Bill Denborough (age 12) (Actor)

Bad Girls From Valley High 2014 (Movie)

Drew (Actor)

Puerto Vallarta Squeeze 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Year That Trembled 2003 (Movie)

Casey Pederson (Actor)

Hart's War 2002 (Movie)

Private Lewis P Wakely (Actor)

Outside Providence 1999 (Movie)

Mousy (Actor)

Ride With the Devil 1999 (Movie)

Cave Wyatt (Actor)

Aladdin 1994 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

SeaQuest 2032 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Blossom 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Full House 1987 - 1989, 1991 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1987 - 1988, 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 8th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Sea World/Busch Gardens Party For the Planet 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

SeaQuest DSV 1987 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saved By the Bell: The College Years 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Crossroads 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Sidekicks 1993 (Movie)

Barry Gabrewski (Actor)

Ladybugs 1992 (Movie)

Matthew--Martha (Actor)

Our Shining Moment 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King's It 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter 1991 (Movie)

Bastian (Actor)

Ghost Dad 1990 (Movie)

Additional Voice (Actor)

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Stepfather 2 1989 (Movie)

Todd Grayland (Actor)

Home Free 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Oliver & Company 1988 (Movie)

Additional Voice (Actor)

Fatal Attraction 1987 (Movie)

Party Guest (Actor)

Good Morning, Miss Bliss 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Born Free: A New Adventure (TV Show)

Actor

Fall Into Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

Good King Wenceslas (TV Show)

Actor

Her Last Chance (TV Show)

Actor

Two Came Back (TV Show)

Actor
Sound (1)

Short Time 1990 (Movie)

ADR artist (ADR)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Tatiana Ali

Companion

Tatyana Ali Actor

Companion

Greg Brandis

Father
born c. 1947 owns a food distributorship

Mary Brandis

Mother
born c. 1948 manages Brandis' career

Vinessa Shaw Actor

Companion
dated briefly after meeting during filming of "Ladybugs"

EDUCATION

Sutter Junior High School

Canoga Park , California

Valley Professional School

California 1993

Milestones

1999

Had featured role in "Ride With the Devil"

1999

Appeared as the lead character's best friend in "Outside Providence"

1996

Provided character voice for the animated series "Alladin"

1993

Debut as a TV series regular, played boy genius Lucas Wolenczak on "seaQuest DSV/seaquest 2030"

1992

Breakthrough feature role, "Ladybugs", solidified teen idol status

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

1989

First substantial feature role, "Stepfather 2"

1988

Feature debut, provided an additional voice for the Disney animated feature, "Oliver & Company"

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

1986

Moved to LA with his family at age nine

1982

Became a recurring character on the daytime soap "One Life to Live" at age six (date approximate)

1980

Began appearing TV commercials at age five (date approximate)

1978

Debut as a print model at age two in a sales poster for Buster Brown clothing (date approximate)

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