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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Jonathan Brandis

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Famous For:
One Life to Live, It, The NeverEnding Story
Networth:
$400,000
Currently Known For:
Deceased
Famous Years:
1982 - 2003
Birthdate:
April 13, 1976
Jonathan Brandis


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  Famous For:
One Life to Live, It, The NeverEnding Story

  Networth:
$400,000

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When you get a taste of fame in Hollywood, you hope that the ride lasts forever. However, as some child actors become adults, the good times don’t always stay that way. This has led to many tragic endings for former child actors that have made their way through Hollywood. One of the more notable tragedies of the 21st century has been that of Jonathan Brandis, a former teen heartthrob that seemed destined for a long career in Hollywood, but was cut short when he took his own life in the early 2000s.Advertisements:


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Brandis was born to two parents that worked more traditional jobs in Danbury, Connecticut on April 13, 1976, but got his taste at stardom while he was still a toddler. Before his third birthday, Brandis was being used in advertising as a child model, opening the door for more opportunities. Just a couple of years later, Brandis was landing his first roles when he was on commercials. Soon enough, he was character acting and taking the acting world by storm.

In 1982, Brandis started on the soap opera circuit by playing a younger version of Kevin Riley Buchanan on the series “One Life to Live”. This went on for another year, and Brandis landed guest roles on shows like “Kate & Allie” and “Sledge Hammer!”. Then, in 1987, Brandis had a breakout year for his career.

He made his film debut that year with a small part in “Fatal Attraction”, and was in the show “Good Morning, Miss Bliss” in what eventually became “Saved by the Bell”. He added episodes of shows like “L.A Law” and had a television movie. More guest appearances would follow with shows such as “Full House”, “Who’s the Boss?” and “Webster”. Brandis then added films with “Pet Sematary” and “Stepfather II”.

In 1990, Brandis starred as Bastian in “The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter” and in the same year played young Bill Denbrough in the Stephen King miniseries “It”. Afterward, Brandis returned to guest appearances on several popular TV shows like “The Wonder Years” and “Blossom” before finally landing a regular role in 1993. That’s when he took on the role of Lucas in the NBC sci-fi series “seaQuest DSV” for nearly 60 episodes before the role’s conclusion in 1996.

For the rest of the 1990s, Brandis appeared in several television movies with more small roles in films such as “Dumb and Dumber” and “Ride with the Devil”. After a couple of years away from acting, Brandis was cast in the Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell movie “Hart’s War”. However, the scenes that Brandis shot for the blockbuster didn’t make it to the final cut, meaning that it had been even more years that people had to wait to see Brandis back in action.

Around this time, Brandis had been confident that he would continue to land roles. “I will just have to see what the future will bring me,” he said. “But a change of food whets the appetite. By that I mean I would like to do as many different things as possible. But first I still have some time left to enjoy my rest in L.A., so I can visit some friends for a change. In the movie world, you see so many people that you only know superficially or from saying ‘Hello’ to.”

He added that “My biggest fear as an actor is being involved in something mediocre, or being mediocre myself...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.”

Brandis hadn’t been appearing in as many films toward the end of the 1990s or in the early 2000s. This caused the actor to fall into a depression, especially after those previously mentioned scenes in “Hart’s War” were deleted. As part of his depression, Brandis started drinking more heavily, and began talking about taking his own life. Sadly, Brandis was very serious when he said these things.

Late at night on November 11, 2003, Brandis had been at his apartment. Just outside of his door and in the hallway, Brandis had hung himself from the ceiling. When he was found by a resident of the apartment building, paramedics were called and Brandis was still alive. He was rushed to the hospital but unfortunately suffered injuries that were too severe. The following day, Brandis was declared dead at just 27 years old.

Brandis didn’t leave a note or any specific reason that he took his own life. In some of his final years, Brandis had said that “A time’s coming when I’m going to play the father in a movie,” adding that “I never perceived myself like this - a teen magazine kid. As an actor, you just hope to continue working.” We sadly never got to see those roles that Brandis could’ve gotten.

Fellow child actor at the time, Leonardo DiCaprio responded years after the fact about the people he worked with all those years ago. “My two main competitors in the beginning, the blond-haired kids I went to audition with,” he said. “One hung himself and the other died of a heroin overdose.” Tyler Davidson, a producer that worked with Brandis, said that his death was “a terrific tragedy, and our hearts go out to the family.” The story of Brandis remains one of the more infamous for child actors meeting an early demise more than 15 years later.

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