Brad Bufanda

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Brad Bufanda
Born Fred Joseph Bufanda III
(1983-05-04)May 4, 1983
Upland, California, U.S
Died November 1, 2017(2017-11-01) (aged 34)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Suicide
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–2017

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.

Career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[citation needed]

Death[edit]

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.[2][3][4][5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Pocket Ninjas Steve
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
2012 Dark Tourist Manny
2017 Garlic & Gunpowder Robert
2018 Stan the Man Cooper Posthumous Release

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Co-Ed Confidential Reunion". YouTube. July 24, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ "'Veronica Mars' Actor Brad Bufanda Commits Suicide at 34 (UPDATE)". TMZ. November 3, 2017. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 
  3. ^ Bacardi, Francesca (November 3, 2017). "'Veronica Mars' actor commits suicide". New York Post. Retrieved November 5, 2017. 
  4. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (November 3, 2017). "'Veronica Mars' Actor Brad Bufanda Dies by Suicide at 34". Variety. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ Chapman, Tom (November 3, 2017). "Veronica Mars Actor Brad Bufanda Commits Suicide at 34". Screen Rant. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 

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