Fred Joseph Bufanda III|
May 4, 1983
Upland, California, U.S
November 1, 2017 (aged 34)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Suicide|
Brad Bufanda (born Fred Joseph Bufanda III; May 4, 1983 – November 1, 2017) was an American actor. He was known for his recurring role as Felix Toombs in the television series Veronica Mars, as well as his self-made Internet videos.
Bufanda began his professional acting career in 1994 starring in the independent action film Pocket Ninjas. He appeared on television the first time in 1994 as the Hero Boy in a Skechers commercial. At the age of 12 he starred in the ABC weekend special The Secret of Lizard Woman. While in middle school he appeared on the ABC series Roseanne and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper.
Bufanda later appeared in a number of television shows including CBS's CSI: Miami, Fox's Malcolm in the Middle, Disney Channel's Even Stevens, and NBC's soap opera Days of Our Lives. Bufanda portrayed Felix Toombs in the first two seasons of the series Veronica Mars. He starred in the Cinemax series Co-Ed Confidential (credited as Bradley Joseph) from 2008 to 2010, in addition to filming and editing the show's reunion.
Staying credited as Bradley Joseph, Bufanda appeared in the psychological thriller Dark Tourist in 2012. 2017 marked Bufanda's brief return to film with a supporting role in the action comedy Garlic & Gunpowder.
On November 1, 2017, Bufanda committed suicide at the age of 34 by jumping off of his residential tower in the Park La Brea apartment community of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office said a note was found at the scene. The suicide note was found on or near his body and gave the names of his parents and thanked important people in his life.
|1995||Little Lost Sea Serpent||Tommy Rockwell||Direct-to-video|
|2004||A Cinderella Story||David|
|2004||Debating Robert Lee||Richard Alanzo|
|2008||Stone & Ed||Carlos|
|2017||Garlic & Gunpowder||Robert|
|2018||Stan the Man||Cooper||Posthumous Release|
|1995||ABC Weekend Specials||Todd Yazzi||Episode: "The Secret of Lizard Woman"|
|1995||Roseanne||Episode: "The Last Thursday in November"|
|1996||The Blackberry Inn||Bradley B||Unknown episodes|
|2001||Emeril||The boy||Episode: "Halloween"|
|2002||Even Stevens||Lloyd Offler||Episode: "Hutch Boy"|
|2002–2003||Days of Our Lives||Joe||5 episodes|
|2002||Dismissed||Brad (uncredited)||Episode: "Dismissed at the Circus"|
|2002||Birds of Prey||Tough kid||Episode: "Three Birds and a Baby"|
|2003||Malcolm in the Middle||Kid #2||Episode: "Long Drive"|
|2003||Miracles||Jay/Jock||Episode: "The Bone Scatterer"|
|2003||CSI: Miami||Brad Dawson||Episode: "The Best Defense"|
|2003||Boston Public||Cash||Episode: "Chapter Seventy-Two"|
|2004–2006||Veronica Mars||Felix Toombs||10 episodes|
|2005||Malcolm in the Middle||Luger Bob||Episode: "Dewey's Opera"|
|2008–2010||Co-Ed Confidential||Larry||Main role (seasons 2–4); 38 episodes|
- "The Co-Ed Confidential Reunion". YouTube. July 24, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
- "'Veronica Mars' Actor Brad Bufanda Commits Suicide at 34 (UPDATE)". TMZ. November 3, 2017. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
- Bacardi, Francesca (November 3, 2017). "'Veronica Mars' actor commits suicide". New York Post. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
- Rubin, Rebecca (November 3, 2017). "'Veronica Mars' Actor Brad Bufanda Dies by Suicide at 34". Variety. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
- Chapman, Tom (November 3, 2017). "Veronica Mars Actor Brad Bufanda Commits Suicide at 34". Screen Rant. Retrieved November 3, 2017.