Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

November 24, 2003

Jonathan Brandis, 27, who from an early age appeared in a string of roles on television, commercials and film, including two seasons on Steven Spielberg's SeaQuest DSV, died in Los Angeles on Nov. 12. The county coroner performed an autopsy but the cause of death, which police reported as a suicide, will not be announced until blood and toxicology tests are returned.

Mr. Brandis started his career in commercials and on television, landing a recurring role on the soap opera One Life to Live at 6 years old. He also made guest appearances on L.A. Law, Who's the Boss? and Murder, She Wrote.

His film credits included the starring role in 1991's The Neverending Story 2: The Next Chapter, the Rodney Dangerfield comedy Ladybugs, and the martial arts comedy Sidekicks with Chuck Norris.

Patricia Broderick, 78, a writer and painter who was the mother of actor Matthew Broderick, died Tuesday at her home in Greenwich Village of cancer, her son said.

Raised in Manhattan on the Upper East Side, but a devotee of the bohemian Village, Ms. Broderick had a wide range of interests and callings. An artist in her teens, she began writing plays in the 1940s; several were performed in New York and London, sometimes featuring her husband, actor James Broderick, who died in 1982.

In 1996, her film, Infinity, a love story based on the life of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, was released to generally good reviews and was shown at the Toronto Film Festival. The film was a family affair in which Matthew Broderick directed and starred. She also worked on the script of Glory, the 1989 Civil War drama, which starred her son as a young commander in charge of an all-black regiment.

Ms. Broderick continued painting and had her work shown in several galleries in New York and across the country, both in solo shows and with the work of her partner of the past six years, painter John Wesley.

Henry Phace Roberts, 92, a professional tap dancer who performed with the Copasetics, the Five Blazers and the Three Rockets, died Nov. 8 in New York City.

Mr. Roberts performed on television on The Tonight Show and The Ed Sullivan Show and was in the films Cabin in the Sky, Stormy Weather and The Cotton Club.

Born in Savannah, Ga., he was trained to tap dance on the streets as a child. He began dancing professionally at 14, and performed for the last time at 87 with the Copasetics on a European tour.

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