Brian Bonsall

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Brian Bonsall
Born Brian Eric Bonsall
(1981-12-03) December 3, 1981 (age 34)
Torrance, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986 – 1994

Brian Eric Bonsall (born December 3, 1981) is an American former child actor. He played Andrew "Andy" Keaton, the youngest child on the NBC sitcom Family Ties from 1986 until 1989, and Alexander Rozhenko, the son of Worf and K'ehleyr, on Star Trek: The Next Generation from 1992 to 1994.

Early life and acting career[edit]

Bonsall was born in Torrance, California. At the age of five, he won the role of Andy Keaton on the sitcom Family Ties. Bonsall won three Young Artist Awards for his performance on the series. He was also nominated for a Young Artist Award for his starring role in the made-for-TV movie Do You Know the Muffin Man? in 1990.

He made his feature film debut in 1991 in the horror film Mikey, playing the title role, a demonic young boy who murders his parents and terrorizes his adoptive parents. This caused controversy in the UK owing to its depiction of a child killer at a time when the murder of James Bulger had raised sensitivity about violent behavior by children. The film was initially passed uncut by the British Board of Film Classification, but its certificate was withdrawn by James Ferman in the wake of the Bulger killing.[1]

In science fiction circles, he is predominantly known for the part of Alexander Rozhenko, son of Star Trek: The Next Generation's Klingon security officer, Mr. Worf—a recurring role he played for 7 episodes across several seasons.[citation needed]

He played Patrick Swayze's son in the 1993 film Father Hood. In 1994, he starred in the Disney comedy Blank Check and co-starred with Bob Saget in the TV movie comedy Father and Scout. His other acting credits include the TV movie Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme and guest appearances on television series such as The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and The Young Riders.[citation needed]

Life after acting[edit]

In 1995, Bonsall retired from acting and moved with his mother and stepfather to Boulder, Colorado. He attended Boulder High School, graduating in 2000.[2] He also became a musician, forming the rock band Late Bloomers with his friends in 1998. He has also been in the Boulder-based punk bands Thruster as well as The Light on Adam's Stereo.[3] He was in the Los Angeles-based punk band This Life of Mine, but is also working on solo projects.[citation needed]

In a 2005 interview, he stated that he has no interest in returning to acting.


Year Title Role Notes
1986-1989 Family Ties Andrew "Andy" Keaton 78 episodes
1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday Andy Keaton Television special
1988 Go Toward the Light Zack Television movie
1988 Day by Day Andrew "Andy" Keaton Episode: "Trading Places"
1989 Do You Know the Muffin Man? Teddy Dollison Television movie
1989 Booker Billy Episode: "Deals and Wheels: Part 1"
1989 On the Television Googie Chowder Episode: "Stupid People's Court"
1990 Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme Michael Television movie
1990 Angel of Death Josh Television movie
1990 Married People Brian Episode: "To Live and Drive in LA"
1991 The Young Riders Episode: "Old Scores"
1991 Shades of L.A. Andy Makowski 2 episodes:
1991 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Andrew Keaton Episode: "Civil Wars"
1991 False Arrest Jason Lukezic Television movie
1992 to 1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation Alexander Rozhenko 7 episodes
1991 Mikey Mikey Holt
1993 Distant Cousins Alex Sullivan
1993 Father Hood Eddie Charles
1994 Blank Check Preston Waters
1994 Father and Scout Michael Television movie
1994 Lily in Winter Michael Towler Television movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title of work Result
1988 Young Artist Award Best Young Actor Under Ten Years of Age in Television or Motion Pictures Family Ties Won
1989 Young Artist Award Best Young Actor Under Nine Years of Age Family Ties Won
1990 Young Artist Award Best Young Actor Starring in a TV Movie, Pilot or Special Do You Know the Muffin Man? Nominated
1990 Young Artist Award Outstanding Performance by an Actor Under Nine Years of Age Family Ties Won


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