Jonathan Brandis

Jonathan Gregory Brandis
(April 13, 1976 – November 12, 2003)

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Jonathan Brandis was an American actor, screenwriter, and director. Jonathan began his career modelling children’s wear. His first acting role was that of Kevin Buchanan on the soap opera One Life to Live. Jonathan left his home in Danbury, CT, and moved to Los Angeles, California, where he found work on commercials. This paved the way for roles in television and film. At seventeen, Jonathan portrayed teenage genius Lucas Wolenczak, one of his best-known characters, on the NBC science fiction series seaQuest DSV. By that time, his face had been on the cover of far too many fan magazines. When the series ended after two and half seasons, Jonathan went on to appear in films on television and in theater releases. On November 12, 2003, Jonathan died from injuries sustained from hanging. He was 27 years old.

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  • • October 8, 2013. Jonathan Brandis pics. New rare pictures added to The Year That Trembled album at the forum. Check them out. Photos Copyright © Ale de Basseville
  • October 13, 2013 website updated!
  • October 19, 2013. Brandis Photo Match game added!
  • November 12, 2013 "A Decade of Hope" New page created for the 10th Anniversary of Jon's passing.
  • November 12, 2013 Changed pictures in the Brandis Memory Match Game.

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1. Site News & updates 2. Early Life 3. Career Info. 4. Death 5. Jon's Legacy 6. Afterlife- Brandis Coming Through 7. Forum - Join us! 8. Links

Early Life

Jonathan Brandis was born on April 13, 1976, in Danbury, Connecticut. His mother, Mary, was a teacher, and his father, Gregory, a self-proclaimed Jack-of-all-Trades, was a firefighter, a driver, a food distributor, and an investor.

Career Info

Jonathan Brandis photo form Puerto Vallarta Squeeze
Jonathan started his career appearing in numerous print ads. At the age of six, Jonathan won the role of Kevin Buchanan on One Life to Live. At the age of 9, the family relocated to Los Angeles, where Jonathan would have more opportunities to find work. Soon after their move, Jonathan landed roles on Who’s the Boss? L.A. Law, Full House, Murder She Wrote, Kate & Allie, and The Wonder Years. His big break came when he landed the starring role as Bastian Bux in The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter, and stuttering Bill Denbrough in Stephen King’s IT. These led to roles in Sidekicks with Chuck Norris, and a role as a cross-dressing soccer player in Ladybugs, with Rodney Dangerfield; a role that boosted his popularity among teenage girls. Despite the razzing from friends and family members, even Jonathan had to admit he looked pretty good as a girl.

At the age of 17, Jonathan won the role of a lifetime as computer genius Lucas Wolenczak in Steven Spielberg’s science fiction series seaQuest DSV, competing against a list of young actors that included Leonardo DiCaprio. During the series run, Jonathan received more than 4,000 fan letters a week and required a security detail to escort him through way too many screaming fans when he’d arrive and leave the studio lot.

Jonathan found his niche as a writer while on seaQuest. He co-wrote a second season episode for the series. It was titled “The Siamese Dream.” He also wrote a script for an unproduced episode called “Paradise Lost.” Jonathan was slated to make his directorial debut, but the series was cancelled before he had the opportunity.
When the series came to an end, Jonathan appeared in a string of TV films, including Born Free: A New Adventure, Her Last Chance, Two Came Back, and Fall Into Darkness. He also lent his voice to the character Mozenrath, the young evil sorcerer, in Disney's animated series Aladdin.

Jonathan won small roles in theatrical releases including Ang Lee’s Ride with the Devil (1999), Outside Providence (1999), Bad Girls from Valley High, (a film that wasn’t released until 2005, two years after Jonathan’s death), and Hart’s War (2002). Jonathan’s last onscreen appearance was in Puerto Vallarta Squeeze costarring Scott Glenn and Harvey Keitel.

Always searching for new and innovative ideas, Jonathan spent a majority of his time later in life learning from the master of short films, Scott Michael Campbell. Scott was a driving force behind Jonathan’s posthumous directorial debut for The Slainesville Boys.


Sadly, on November 12, 2003, Jonathan died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood from injuries he sustained after he attempted to hang himself.


The death of Jonathan Brandis shocked fans worldwide. Soon after his death, fans all over the world began creating tribute and memorial sites to keep his memory alive. It’s been almost ten years since his death, and fans still carry a torch for the filmmaker, while the medium he channels through wishes he’d just go away.

Brandis Coming Through
On November 11, 2003, actor Jonathan Brandis made a terrible mistake. The following day, Jonathan woke up, only to realize he’d died. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t wish that hadn’t happened. After he died, he realized he couldn’t communicate with his loved ones, and seeing how badly they were hurting only made how he felt worse. He wanted more than anything to find some way to reach them, but once you've ended your life, there’s no easy way to come through. The most you can hope is that you find someone out there who hears you or sees you. Fortunately Jon met a medium, an open channel spirits communicate through, once. He was just a kid then. But finding a medium was only half the battle in his attempt to come through. The other half has been finding someone he knew willing to believe him; paybacks for all the “security measures” he used when he was living.

The website you're about to enter is one of the most extraordinary websites ever created; a site Jon's spirit actually channels messages on. Communicating through the medium using automatic writing, Jonathan has been sharing his unique insights on life and death with members, and, through his newly created blog, he’s providing an account of the events that led to the incredible true story of a very unusual haunting; a true story so amazing no one could make up a story like this.

"When your soul steps out of your body, and you see what you couldn't before, you suddenly realize that Heaven was all around you." -Jonathan Brandis

You should join the forum, and join the talk,
Interact, have fun and make some friends,
just type, click and press send!

Lets help continue Jon's legacy,
show your support, and maybe some empathy.
Recognize his skills and remember his chapter,
a great screenwriter, director & an actor.

Help the world remember his name,
his great achievements and his fame.
With Jonathan Brandis, we will start right here,
hopefully not forgotten, and to never disappear.


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