But why the onetime child star took his own life may remain a … Born in Danbury, Connecticut, USA, to Greg and Mary, Jonathan Brandis began his career at age 5, acting in several television commercials. Jonathan Brandis committed suicide at his home in Los Angeles just before midnight on … He also appeared in small parts in several films and TV shows before his first starring role in the 1990 film The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1990). Jonathan Brandis' death has officially been ruled a suicide, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office confirmed Monday. Jonathan Brandis, Actor: Seaquest DSV.