Jonathan Brandis
Actor, director, producer, screenwriter
Jonathan Brandis
Jonathan Gregory Brandis was an American actor, director, and screenwriter. Beginning his career as a child model, Brandis moved on to acting in commercials and eventually won television and film roles. At the age of 17, he landed his best-known role, as Lucas Wolenczak, a teen prodigy on the NBC series seaQuest DSV. The character was popular among teenage female viewers, and Brandis regularly appeared in teen magazines.
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Cary Fukunaga To Helm Stephen King's 'It' In Two Parts
MTV News - over 4 years
Our favorite evil clown is making his sadistic return. Warner Bros is set to adapt the best-selling Stephen King novel "It" and they've hired "Jane Eyre" filmmaker Cary Fukunaga to helm the project over two films. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fukunaga will direct and co-write the screenplay with Chase Palmer, who previously turned "Dune" by Frank Herbert into a script for Paramount. Roy Lee and Dan Lin are on board to produce along with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg from KatzSmith Production. The book, published in 1986, was previously adapted in 1990 as a TV miniseries for ABC starring John Ritter, Harry Anderson, Tim Reid, Annette O'Toole, Richard Thomas and Tim Curry. The late Jonathan Brandis and "Robot Chicken"'s Seth Green were also part of the cast playing the younger versions Thomas' and Anderson's characters. The story centers on the Losers Club, a group of neighborhood kids who encounter a demon called It in 1960. It targets children, killing them ...
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Ben Savage se pasará por Bones - TVlia
Google News - over 5 years
El malogrado Jonathan Brandis se suicidó en 2003 a los 27 años. Estos son algunos ejemplos de estrellas infantiles que no supieron lidiar con la fama o que al crecer perdieron el favor del público y no supieron sobrellevar ese cambio saludablemente
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Cameron Esposito on great mullets throughout history - A.V. Club Chicago
Google News - over 5 years
She looks like Jonathan Brandis. Are you familiar with him? CE: He was on seaQuest DSV ... It's okay, we don't have to talk about seaQuest. [Whispering into recorder] Yes we do. Here's a better example: How about Peter Pan? She looks a little bit like
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Hot Rods & Droids: A George Lucas Profile (Part 5) - Flickering Myth (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Actors auditioning for the part of the grown up Anakin Skywalker included Ryan Phillippe (The Lincoln Lawyer), Paul Walker (The Fast and the Furious), Colin Hanks (King Kong) and Jonathan Brandis (Ride with the Devil). In the end Hayden Christensen got
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Harry Potter : Daniel Radcliffe ne buvait pas que de l'eau - Excessif
Google News - over 5 years
Certains ont plutôt réussi la transition (Drew Barrymore), d'autres ont connu un destin funeste (Jonathan Brandis). Et jouer dans une saga familiale n'est pas suffisant pour préserver un enfant ou un adolescent des vices de la vie quotidienne d'une
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Junkfood Cinema: The Stepfather 2 - Film School Rejects
Google News - over 5 years
Oh, and the young son of our central family unit in The Stepfather 2 is played by a very prepubescent Jonathan Brandis. So…there's that, I suppose. As this film's climax takes place at the church were our heroine and villain are about to be wed,
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Promi News Kein Abo auf einen dauerhaften Erfolg - tt.com - Wo's Click macht
Google News - over 5 years
Jonathan Brandis, der als Sechsjähriger erstmals vor einer Kamera stand und vielen durch seine Rollen in „Sea Quest DSV“ und die „Unendliche Geschichte 2“ im Gedächtnis ist, zerbrach an der Erfolglosigkeit und setzte seinem Leben mit 27 Jahren ein Ende
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Top magical movie accessories: Pull on your travelling pants and ruby slippers - Canada.com
Google News - over 5 years
The Wish-Granting Necklace (The NeverEnding Story Part II: The Next Chapter, 1990) - Being able to literally escape one's crappy life by reading The NeverEnding Story is already pretty great, but when Bastian (Jonathan Brandis) returns to the magical
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Tami Stronach aus der „Unendlichen Geschichte“: Was macht die „Kindliche ... - BILD
Google News - over 5 years
Ein Schicksal wie das von Jonathan Brandis, der im zweiten Teil des Kinofilms den Bastian spielte. Als seine Karriere ihren Tiefpunkt erreichte, erkrankte Brandis an Depressionen – am 11. November 2003 nahm er sich mit nur 27 Jahren das Leben
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大魔域( The Neverending story ) - 聯合新聞網
Google News - almost 6 years
我對第二集的男童星( Jonathan Brandis:1976 -2003)特別有印象,所以,前一陣子再看他的資料,赫然發現他已經自殺身亡,感到不勝吁噓. 我們看電影時,你也許會很羨慕那些在銀幕上出現的明星,尤其是那些童星,從小在眾人面前受到注意,享受到大家關注的眼神,和舒適的生活享受
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Technology is Finally Catching Up to seaQuest DSV - Big Shiny Robot!
Google News - almost 6 years
Perhaps the most memorable part of the show (besides the late teen heartthrob Jonathan Brandis) was the “talking” dolphin Darwin. An electronic gadget created by Brandis' character translated the dolphin's sounds into human words (not entirely unlike
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25 Questions for Boy Meets World's Rider Strong - Vanity Fair
Google News - almost 6 years
The worst example is someone like Jonathan Brandis, somebody who was from my era and somebody that I knew. And he killed himself. And that's tragic. I think if most people just go through their high-school class, there are a lot of people who are
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Jonathan Brandis, 27, Actor In the Cast of 'SeaQuest DSV'
NYTimes - over 13 years
Jonathan Brandis, who from an early age appeared in a string of roles on television, commercials and film, including two seasons on ''SeaQuest DSV,'' died here on Nov. 12. He was 27. The police said Mr. Brandis was taken to the hospital after a friend called 911 from his apartment on Nov. 11 to report a suicide attempt. He died the next day. The
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TELEVISION REVIEW;Never Mind the Dolphin, Check Out the Bald Guy
NYTimes - over 21 years
Steven Spielberg's television record, including "Amazing Stories," has been uneven at best, and in the case of "Seaquest," downright soggy. The show, produced by Mr. Spielberg's Amblin Productions and by Universal Television, had its 1993 premiere as "Seaquest DSV," about a Nautilus-class submarine setting off, Sundays at 8 P.M., on adventurous
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Girl Flees After Clash Of Cultures On Illness
NYTimes - over 22 years
Officials in this Central Valley town are not sure whether to look for Lee Lor, a 15-year-old Hmong girl with cancer who ran away from home two weeks ago with a backpack full of herbal medicines but no money. The authorities here are uncertain because the girl's parents -- and the entire community of Hmong, transplants from the mountains of
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A Familiar Name, but I Can't Place the Face
NYTimes - over 22 years
CONSIDER THESE SCENARIOS: On a seemingly ordinary day in September, you discover -- with no warning whatsoever -- that a neighbor's face has changed beyond recognition. Or that an adult man has added three inches of height over his summer vacation. Or even that the woman you know as Mom has disappeared, to be replaced by a smiling, wisecracking
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THE ANNOTATED CALENDAR; TELEVISION
NYTimes - over 22 years
Here is a selective guide to cultural events in New York and beyond in the months ahead. As usual, programs change, and some events are sold out. Unless indicated, all dates listed are for openings, all addresses are in Manhattan, and all telephone numbers have a 212 area code. Addresses for locations in New York City cited more than once appear at
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The Slump in Teen Idoldom
NYTimes - over 22 years
DAVID CASSIDY crooned, Donny Osmond cooed and the Monkees did whatever the Monkees did, and millions of girls in training bras ran out to buy their albums. It was 1970, give or take a few years, the heyday of teen idoldom. For magazines like Tiger Beat and Sixteen it was a golden age, a time when every sweet young thing in bell-bottoms pined for
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Word for Word/Teen Magazines; Read This. It's Just So Totally Freaked Out. I Mean, Go for It, Dude.
NYTimes - almost 23 years
Teen magazines have been with us for generations -- perhaps you remember Bobby Sherman pinups -- but now they are experiencing a raging case of growth hormones. A new crop of mold-breaking publications has arrived on newsstands to challenge the Big Four -- Seventeen, YM, 'Teen and Sassy. The reason for the ferment is that publishers and advertisers
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jonathan Brandis
    TWENTIES
  • 2003
    Age 26
    Shortly before midnight on November 11, 2003, Brandis hanged himself in the hallway of his Los Angeles apartment building.
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  • 2002
    Age 25
    He was also reportedly disappointed when his appearance in the 2002 war drama Hart's War, a role he had hoped would revive his career, was significantly reduced in the film's final cut.
    More Details Hide Details One friend admitted to People magazine that Brandis had begun drinking heavily and had said that he intended to kill himself. Paul Petersen, a former child actor and president of A Minor Consideration—an organization that deals with issues affecting child actors—stated: "Speculations as to the underlying cause of this tragedy are exactly that: speculations. It serves no purpose to leap to conclusions for none of us will really know what led Jonathan to his decision to take his life."
    In 2002, Brandis had a small role in Hart's War (2002).
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he was cast in 111 Gramercy Park, a pilot for ABC that was not picked up by the network. He made his final onscreen appearance in Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, starring Harvey Keitel and Scott Glenn. That film was also released after his death. In addition to acting, Brandis directed several independent films and authored screenplays. He also produced and directed the short film The Slainville Boys shortly before his death.
  • 2000
    Age 23
    In 2000, he costarred in Bad Girls from Valley High, which, because of distribution problems, was not released until 2005.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1996
    Age 19
    After seaQuest DSV was canceled in 1996, Brandis appeared in the television film Her Last Chance, starring Kellie Martin.
    More Details Hide Details His next role was in the television film Born Free: A New Adventure. Shot in South Africa, the film also starred Chris Noth as Brandis's character's father. He continued his career in supporting roles in Outside Providence (1999), and Ride with the Devil (1999).
  • 1990
    Age 13
    At the age of fourteen, he received his first starring role, as Bastian Bux in The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter. That same year, Brandis played the young "Stuttering Bill" Denbrough, the main protagonist in the 1990 film Stephen King's It, alongside Tim Curry, based on the epic horror novel of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details Brandis' performance in the film was lauded by critics and audiences. Brandis then appeared in Sidekicks, costarring Chuck Norris, and in Ladybugs, with actor/comedian Rodney Dangerfield. Around the age of 17, Brandis landed one of his best-known roles, as scientific prodigy Lucas Wolenczak in Steven Spielberg's futuristic science fiction series seaQuest DSV. The role propelled him into teen idol status. At the height of his popularity, Brandis received approximately 4,000 fan letters a week and had to be escorted onto the set of seaQuest DSV by three studio security guards because of the many female fans present. During his stint on seaQuest DSV, he co-wrote and produced an episode of the series titled "The Siamese Dream". He also voiced Mozenrath, an evil young sorcerer and necromancer, in Disney's animated series Aladdin.
    Later in 1990, at the age of 14, he became widely known for his leading role on the Stephen King's supernatural horror miniseries IT.
    More Details Hide Details Then, at the age of 17, he landed the role of Lucas Wolenczak, a teen prodigy on the NBC series seaQuest DSV. The character was popular among teenage female viewers, and Brandis regularly appeared in teen magazines.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Age 5
    Beginning his career as a child model, Brandis moved on to acting in commercials and subsequently won television and film roles. Brandis made his acting debut in 1982 with a guest role on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live.
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  • 1976
    Born
    Born on April 13, 1976.
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