Television and film actor Jonathan Brandis dead at age 27

Friday, November 21st 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP)_ Jonathan Brandis, who from an early age appeared in a string of roles on television, commercials and film, including the starring role in 1991's ``The Neverending Story 2: The Next Chapter'' and two seasons on Steven Spielberg's ``SeaQuest DSV,'' has died. He was 27.

The county coroner's office is investigating the Nov. 12 death, which was reported by the Los Angeles Police Department as a possible suicide, Lt. Ed Winter of the coroner's Investigations Bureau said Thursday.

The coroner performed an autopsy but the cause of death will not be announced until the results of blood and toxicology tests are returned. The investigation could take as long as four to six weeks.

Police said a friend of Brandis called 911 from the actor's apartment just before midnight on Nov. 11 to report Brandis had attempted suicide. Paramedics transported Brandis to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, but he died the next day, police Detective Gene Parshall said.

The office of Brandis' agent at Innovative Artists refused to comment.

Brandis started his career in commercials and on television, landing a recurring role on the soap ``One Life to Live'' at age six. After moving with his family to Los Angeles at age nine, he made guest appearances on such shows as ``L.A. Law,'' ``Who's the Boss?'' and ``Murder, She Wrote.''

Other film credits included the Rodney Dangerfield comedy ``Ladybugs,'' and the martial arts comedy ``Sidekicks'' with Chuck Norris, and a small part in the 2002 film ``Hart's War,'' starring Bruce Willis.

Brandis also starred as crew member Lucas Wolenczek in the underwater sci-fi series ``SeaQuest DSV,'' a role that garnered him a Young Artists Award in 1993 and helped turn him into a teen idol.