In Loving Memory of Jonathan Brandis





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Published on Nov 24, 2011

A tribute video commemorating the life and career of actor, director and screenwriter Jonathan Brandis (April 13, 1976 -- November 12, 2003).

Update: I had to replace the original song due to copyright issues. Sorry for the inconvenience.

The video is largely made up of clips from IT (1990), SeaQuest DSV (1993) and The Year That Trembled (2002); My favorites among his performances.

This video is dedicated to Brandis's family, friends and fans.


May you rest in peace, Jonathan. You are missed.


Brandis was born in Danbury, Connecticut, the only child of Mary, a teacher and personal manager, and Gregory, a food distributor and firefighter. He began his career as a child model and began acting in television commercials. Brandis 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, The Wonder Years, Full House and Kate & Allie.

At the age of fourteen, he received his first starring role in The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter as Bastian Bux, a young boy who returns to a world of wonder on the wings of his imagination. That same year, Brandis played the young "Stuttering Bill" Denbrough, the main character in the 1990 film Stephen King's It, based on the epic horror novel by Stephen King. Following this, Brandis appeared in Sidekicks co-starring Chuck Norris and Ladybugs with actor/comedian Rodney Dangerfield. Around the age of seventeen, Brandis landed one of his best known roles as scientific prodigy Lucas Wolenczak in Steven Spielberg's futuristic science fiction series seaQuest DSV, which earned him the 1994 Young Artist Award for "Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Television Series" and propelled him into teen idol status. During the run of seaQuest DSV, he also voiced Mozenrath, a young evil sorcerer and necromancer in Disney's animated series Aladdin. He hoped to bid juvenile roles farewell after starring in the TV-movie "Good King Wenceslas" (1994) and co-starring with Kellie Martin in "Her Last Chance" (NBC, 1996).

Brandis appeared in a supporting role as Mousy in director Michael Corrent's 1999 adaptation of filmmaker Peter Farrelly's novel "Outside Providence", and he was part of the supporting ensemble of Ang Lee's underrated Western "Ride With the Devil" (1999).

Among his final film roles was "The Year That Trembled" (2002), independent filmmaker Jay Craven's adaptation of the Scott Lax coming-of-age novel set in Ohio after the shootings at Kent State University, which earned Brandis strong reviews among the cadre of critics who saw the film.

In addition to acting, Brandis also directed several independent films and authored screenplays. At the age of 18, he co-wrote an episode of SeaQuest DSV entitled "The Siamese Dream". He also produced and directed the short film The Slainesville Boys, shortly before his death.


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