The First One
There have been a lot of suspicious suicides of celebrities as of late, but there was a first that started this whole thing over a decade ago.
A film was being made overseas and several of the actors in this movie that was supposed to be a big box office hit took advantage of their position as stars with the local female population and also threw around enough cash to the local police where nothing was said or done about their activities. One of the worst offenders was an A list mostly movie actor at the time.
Foreign born and was really kicking it into gear.
There was another A+ lister on the movie and a future A- list mostly television actor.
They went after every female teen in the town where they were filming.
They didn’t care how old, and whether it was completely voluntary.
One actor who didn’t participate was at the time probably B/B- list and fading.
Because he didn’t participate, everyone shunned him.
They made sure he knew how things worked and basically ruined what was left of his career.
Down the road, when he couldn’t get a break, he threatened to expose what went on and he suddenly “suicided” himself.
B/B- list actor: Jonathan Brandis
Born: April 13, 1976
Died: November 12, 2003
A list movie actor: Colin Farrell
A+ list movie actor: Bruce Willis
A- list television actor: Terrence Howard
Hart’s War – filmed in Prague
Jonathan Brandis: How Life After Teen Stardom Can Take a Wrong Turn
Jonathan Brandis hanged himself 10 years ago this week at Sixth and Detroit in Los Angeles, in the second-floor hallway of an apartment building south of Hollywood near a decent doughnut shop and a cat groomer. He was 27 years old. And he was my first big crush.
If you’re picturing him in your head, you’re imagining him young. Brandis began modeling at 2, scored a soap opera gig at 6, and by 10 was a TV regular with guest appearances on Alien Nation, Who’s the Boss?, Blossom, L.A. Law, Full House, The Wonder Years and Murder, She Wrote. He was 16 when he made Ladybugs, 17 when he was cast as teen genius Lucas Wolenczak in Steven Spielberg’s seaQuest 2032. You can’t picture him any older than that, because when seaQuest was canceled in 1996, just before Brandis turned 20, the casting offers stopped.
Brandis tried everything to keep working. He dyed his hair black to play a drug addict, wore goofy glasses to play a murderer, and grew a beard for a Western. No one noticed. He went two years without a job. Then he finally won a small part in the Bruce Willis World War II film Hart’s War, but got depressed when his part was cut even smaller, with less than two minutes of screen time. The year after Hart’s War was released, he was dead. – Source