Jonathan Brandis

The American actor got his break at the age of six when he landed a recurring role on "One Life to Live", and subsequently appeared in numerous commercials. He then moved to Los Angeles with his family at age nine and made guest appearances on shows such as "L.A. Law", "Who's the Boss?", "Murder, She Wrote", "Full House", and "Kate & Allie".
His first true starring role, however, was in the film, "The NeverEnding Story II", after which he continued to work in television, most notably in Steven Spielberg's acclaimed science-fiction series "seaQuest DSV". He is also well known for voicing Mozenrath in Disney's television series "Aladdin", and for playing Barry Grabrewski in the film "Sidekicks" co-starring Chuck Norris. In addition to those, he starred in the soccer movie "Ladybugs" with actor/comedian Rodney Dangerfield, and played the young "Stuttering Bill" Denbrough, the main character in the 1990 miniseries "It", based on Stephen King's epic horror novel; as well as auditioned for the role of Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. During his lifetime he was romantically linked to Tatyana Ali, Heather McComb, Vinessa Shaw and Monica Keena, and accompanied actress Brittany Murphy to her high school prom. On November 12, 2003, Brandis committed suicide by hanging himself. He did not leave a note of any kind, and his family was devastated upon receiving news of his death. He had no known personal problems, except for the fact that he was usually quite hard on himself. According to his mother, he had no prior suicide attempts and drank socially, though one friend admitted that Brandis drank heavily given his lagging career, and had even mentioned that he might kill himself. He was 27 years old.
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