Jonathan Gregory Brandis (April 13, 1976- November 12, 2003) was an American actor, director, and screenwriter. Beginning his career as a child model, Brandis moved on to acting in commercials and eventually won television and film roles. At the age of 17, Brandis landed his best known role as Lucas Wolenczak, a teen prodigy on the NBC series seaQuest DSV. The character was popular among teenage female viewers, and Brandis regularly appeared in teen magazines. He died of injuries after he attempted to hang himself at the age of 27. Brandis was born in Danbury, Connecticut. He was the only child of Mary, a teacher and personal manager, and Gregory Brandis, a food distributor and firefighter. He began his career as a child model and began acting in television commercials.