Jon Paul Steuer
|Jon Paul Steuer|
March 27, 1984 |
Escondido, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, musician, restaurateur|
|Years active||1989–1996 (actor)
Jon Paul Steuer (born March 27, 1984; Escondido, California) is a former child actor best known for being the first actor to play Alexander Rozhenko in Star Trek: The Next Generation and for being the first actor to regularly portray Quentin Kelly on the ABC show Grace Under Fire. He is also well known for playing Johnny in the 1994 children's comedy movie Little Giants. After spending several years as a musician, Steuer entered the food service business and now owns his own restaurant in Portland, Oregon.
Life and career
Steur was three years old and living in San Diego, California, when he began asking his mother, a former member of the United States Ski Team, about becoming an actor. Within a year, he was attending children's modeling shows at local shopping malls. His break came when another child did not appear for one of these shows; Steuer leapt onto the stage and offered his services. A talent agent, impressed with the boy's hubris and performance, approached him and his mother afterward and offered to represent Steuer and obtain acting roles for him.
Within a year, Steuer had received a minor guest-starring role on the television series Day by Day. In 1990, Steuer was cast as Alexander Rozhenko in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Reunion". Although a number of young children auditioned for the role, Steuer was the only child able to sit still for the three hours it took for the make-up department to cast his Klingon facial prosthetics. The ability to be still for a long period of time won him the part. The producers of the series sought him out a year later to reprise the role. However, Steuer had only grown half an inch in height and, at six years old, did not have a deep enough voice. So the producers cast actor Brian Bonsall, who was three years older, as Alexander. Steuer later said he was very upset at being recast.
Steuer performed several more times over the next three years, including the 1991 comedy Late for Dinner, a guest shot in the episode "Unpacking" of the TV series The Wonder Years, and a role in the made-for-television movie When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn (1993). In the fall of 1993, Steuer won the role of Quentin Kelly the television series Grace Under Fire.[a] But the extensive press attention given to lead actress Brett Butler (due to her erratic behavior and substance abuse) led Steuer to quit the show. Although he auditioned for TV and movie roles after leaving Grace Under Fire, producers and press kept asking him about Butler and what it was like to work with her. Unwilling to continue to submit to such intense scrutiny, Steuer quit acting. He told an interviewer for The A.V. Club in 2015: "I wanted to forge on with acting after quitting the show, and I went out on a few interviews. But even then they'd turn into question-and-answer sessions with casting agents about Grace Under Fire. I was kind of blown away by how unprofessional people inside the industry were. It really soured me. I didn't want that kind of attention."
During his time on Grace Under Fire, Steuer was cast in the 1994 comedy film Little Giants. He co-starred alongside 13-year-old Sam Horrigan. Horrigan replaced Steuer in the role of Quentin Kelly after Steuer left Grace Under Fire.
Steuer eventually moved to Denver, Colorado. In 2003, he and several other local musicians formed the glam punk band Kill City Thrillers. Steuer performed as lead singer for the band under the name Jonny P. Jewels. Within a few months, the band changed its name to Soda Pop Kids, and about 2005 the band and most of its members moved to Portland, Oregon. The band dissolved in November 2009.
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- Gray, Tim (September 29, 1993). "Review: 'Grace Under Fire'". Variety. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
- Hayes, Britt (November 15, 2013). "See the Cast of 'Little Giants' Then and Now". Screen Crush. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
- "Up & Coming". Portland Mercury. July 16, 2009. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
- "The Soda Pop Kids". Veglam. January 9, 2006. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
- Frame, Mike (May 4, 2007). "Interview With The Soda Pop Kids". Razorcake. Retrieved January 10, 2016; Gaudette, Philip (July 14, 2007). "The Soda Pop Kids Are Breaking Up (Sort Of...)". Portland Mercury. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
- Skinner, Marjorie (June 9, 2015). "First Taste at Harvest at the Bindery". Portland Mercury. Retrieved January 10, 2016; Woodstock, Molly (March 20, 2015). "Harvest at the Bindery Plates Up Root-to-Tip Vegan Fare". Portland Monthly. Retrieved January 10, 2016.