Jonathan filmed the 1994 cable movie Good King Wenceslas in the Czech Republic. The film also starred actress Stefanie Powers and actor Perry King.
Jonathan starred in the TV series seaQuest, DSV with actor Marco Sanchez, and the two later appeared together in the TV movie Fall Into Darkness, along with Jonathan's then-girlfriend, actress Tatyana Ali.
Jonathan once said that what he missed most about living at home with his parents was his mother's lasagna.
Jonathan once ate a live grasshopper on the Jon Stewart show.
Jonathan was good friends with actress Danielle Harris.
Jonathan was made into an action figure that was based on his character, Lucas Wolenczak, from the TV series seaQuest DSV and they were sold commercially.
During the beginning of his teenage years Jonathan was considered short. In 1992 at the age of 16 he was only 5'4" and in 1995, at age 18 he grew to the height of 5'9". Finally in 1998, at the age of 22, he reached his full adult height of 6'.
For his 1992 film Sidekicks Jonathan wore 5 inch hair extensions to make him look more similar to co-star, Chuck Norris.
Before becoming his manager, Jonathan's mother Mary was a teacher and once was his substitute teacher in pre-school.
One of Jonathan's math teachers in high school was Meeno Peluce who was a child actor in the early 1980's. He is also the half-brother of actress, Soleil Moon Frye who attended the same school and was even in the same math class.
Jonathan also idolized filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, who is famous for the Back to the Future trilogy of films.
Jonathan's first pet was a turtle named Dinky when he was three years old and it lived for 3 years.
The first album Jonathan ever bought was Michael Jackson's Thriller in 1984.
The first movie Jonathan ever saw was 1982's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial directed by Steven Spielberg.
Jonathan's first TV commercial was in 1980 for Fisher Price toys.
Jonathan's first car was a 1986 silver Nissan Maxima that he inherited from his dad after he got his driver's license.
Jonathan's grandparents on his father's side were grandfather Fay William Brandis & grandmother Mary Ellen Brandis.
Jonathan had 27 first cousins.
As a teenager Jonathan collected movie memorabilia and Mad magazines.
Jonathan appeared in the unaired pilot of the 1987 series Good Morning Miss Bliss which was actually the beginning of the popular teen series Saved By The Bell. Coincidently Jonathan later appeared in the sequel series Saved By The Bell: The College Years as himself.
In 1990 Jonathan appeared in the TV mini-series Stephen King's It playing the 12-year-old version of actor Richard Thomas.
In 1988 Jonathan played the child version of actor Tim Thomerson in the film The Wrong Guys.
In 1990 Jonathan starred in the film The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter where his father was played by actor, John Wesley Shipp. Jonathan and John later appeared together in an episode of John's series The Flash.
During the peak of his teen heartthrob status, Jonathan received approximately 4000 letters per week.
Jonathan once filmed a NBC comedy pilot titled Don't Let The Python In The House that was never picked up.
Jonathan's astrological sign was Aries.
During the filming of the final scene of the final episode of seaQuest DSV, Michael Ironside gave a small speech thanking the cast and crew for the time they spent working on the show. Following his words, Ironside tossed Jonathan Brandis into the moon pool.
Jonathan was the only cast member of seaQuest DSV to appear in every episode.
Jonathan was born in Danbury, Connecticut where he lived until the age of 9 when his family moved to Los Angeles for his acting career.
Jonathan hosted the 1994 TV special Masters of Illusion: The Wizards of Special Effects with seaQuest DSV co-star Roy Scheider.
Jonathan co-starred in the 1996 TV movie Fall Into Darkness with then-girlfriend Tatyana Ali.
Jonathan's fave director was Steven Spielberg, who was an executive producer on seaQuest DSV.
When he was a teenager, Jonathan had a dog named Megan, a bird named Ernie and a cat named Marbles.
While starring in seaQuest DSV, Jonathan appeared in 1 of NBC's public service announcements, The More You Know. His topic was education appreciation.
As a teenager, in hopes of preparing for a directing career as well as an acting career, Jonathan filmed movies starring his friends using a home video camera.
Jonathan claimed that his dad was one of the main inspirations in his life, having taught him about the business from an early age.
Jonathan's middle name was Gregory and it was also is father's first name.
Jonathan's nicknames included Jon and The J-Man.
Jonathan started his career by appearing in TV commercials at the age of 5.
Jonathan's debut into showbiz was as a model for a Buster Brown clothing poster at the age of 2.
The film The Slainesville Boys was completed in 2003 and would have been Jonathan's directorial debut. The film played at a few film festivals but did not receive a theatrical release.
Jonathan auditioned for the role of Anakin Skywalker for 2002's Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones.
Jonathan attended a special actors school.
Jonathan died on November 12, 2003 in Los Angeles, California, USA and the cause of death was determined to be suicide.
Jonathan doubled up his high school courses so that he could finish a year early for his role on the TV series seaQuest DSV.
Jonathan wrote one episode of the TV series seaQuest DSV, the season 3 episode titled A Siamese Dream. More episodes were planned for him to write and/or direct but the series was cancelled before he had another chance.
Jonathan appeared in more than 85 commercials in his lifetime.
After Jonathan's death dozens upon dozens of Internet communities and memorial websites were devoted to him.
Jonathan was the only child of Gregory and Mary Brandis. Greg was a former fireman and Mary was a teacher turned Jonathan's manager.
Jonathan was friends with childhood neighbor, actress Juliette Clarke.
Jonathan was an avid Pez collector.
At the 15th Annual Youth in Film Awards in 1993, Jonathan won the Best Youth Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Series for seaQuest DSV.
Jonathan took his friend, actress, Brittany Murphy to his high school prom.
Jonathan filmed a pilot for the TV series 111 Gramercy Park but the series was never picked up by or aired on a network.
Jonathan: My friends would probably describe me as silly. And honest. And that I think about things a bit too much.
Jonathan: Teen magazines keep writing that my eyes 'twinkle' when I talk. Look, I'm a guy. I don't twinkle, you know! You can say that my eyes 'sparkle' maybe, but not 'twinkle' alright? Got that teen magazine writers?!
Jonathan: I want to direct, I want to be part of something creative, something with quality. My biggest fear as an actor is being involved in something mediocre, or being mediocre myself. I´ve taken classes on screen-writing and, of course, I read a lot of scripts. Writing is what I´d really like to move towards. Right now, though, it just doesn´t pay the mortgage.
Jonathan: The first time someone asked me for my autograph was in 1982 when I was working on the soap opera One Life to Live. I was very surprised!
Jonathan (when asked about the biggest influence on his life): That would have to be director Steven Spielberg, because he is a great filmmaker and he's someone who's career I would like to follow.
Jonathan: I'd love to film or produce or direct a movie with special effects in it - or even without them. I don't thinkg I'll ever go into the special-effects industry, only because I don't know if that's the right area for me. I love filmmaking.
Jonathan: Teenagers, maybe, are too young to vote, but we can speak out. We are free-willed and powerful. We should show the world that we can get along with each others, blacks and whites. I'm not naive, I know there's racism among teens, and that's what we've got to work on first. We've got to get to know each other and respect each other.
Jonathan: One girl wrote me 300 letters, and when I finally met her she was very cool and acted like she didn't care.
Jonathan: It turns me off when a girl tries to pretend she has the same interests. I love a girl to tell me that I'm wrong or that she likes something different. That's what makes things colorful.
Jonathan: I'm a terrible morning person.