Jonathan Brandis hanged himself

Jonathan Brandis — Too young to die

Jonathan Brandis hanged himself

“I want to be remembered as an actor who put in some good work in the beginning of his career and even better work at the end.”


On November 11, 2003, former child star and ‘SeaQuest’ regular Jonathan Brandis was found hanged in his Los Angeles apartment.

He died the following day. He was 27 years old. Another member of the 27 Club — creative icons who died at age 27. They include rock musicians Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones and the famous graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Jonathan left no suicide note. Friends said he had been depressed over his fading career and was drinking heavily. They said he was crushed when his appearance in the 2002 drama ‘Hart’s War’ was cut to practically nothing.

“My biggest fear as an actor is being mediocre.”


His death came as a shock to his young fans. Several said they wanted to kill themselves. Others said his presence on the screen helped them through their own depression.

One fan wrote on social media: “He was my first childhood crush and was a hero to me. I would always watch NeverEnding Story, he got me through really tough times, I will love him forever for that.”

Jonathan Brandis began his career as a child model and made his acting debut in 1982 as Kevin Buchanan on the ABC soap opera ‘One Life to Live.’

He was in Stephen King’s 1990 supernatural horror miniseries ‘It,’ and that same year starred as Bastian Bux in ‘The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter.’

At the age of 17 he landed the role of boy genius Lucas Wolenczak in the 1993-96 TV series ‘SeaQuest DSV.’ He was the only actor to appear in all 57 episodes.

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2 thoughts on “Jonathan Brandis — Too young to die

  1. .Ahjicho Sobukwe 14 hours ago (edited) i miss joanthan brandis i taking him seriously. and get him the help he need i wouid. ve stay with him by his side as a friend. his friends were dumb not taking him seriously. and get the him the help he need he wouid be alive today i can relate to him how he felt been through so much pain myself when i was a baby i was interest him alive when he was alive even when he did never ending story part 2 in 1990 that movie was made on the same day i was born p.s. daric i had a huge crush on jonathan brandis and also didn.t like that his dad force his son into acting at age of two years old i married jonathan brandis have kids with him and accept him for who he is a beauitful human being and a kind young man i may not much about jonathan brandis but i do know little about him he was an animal lover like i am