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Television

'Grace Under Fire' actor Jon Paul Steuer dead at 33

Jon Paul Steuer, circa 1993
Jon Paul Steuer, circa 1993

Jon Paul Steuer, a former child actor who appeared on “Star Trek” before landing a leading role on the ABC sitcom “Grace Under Fire,” has died at 33.

A cause of death for Steuer, who died on Jan. 1, was not made public, but his passing was announced by his bandmates in the Portland rock group P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S.

“It is with heavy hearts and saddened minds that we announce the passing of our dear friend and singer Jonny Jewels, AKA Jon Paul Steuer,” the band wrote in a Facebook post. “The addition of Jonny to our dysfunctional band family was one of the best choices that we have ever made, and he brought a much needed sense of fun and lightheartedness to everything we did.

“He was only with us for a little more than a year, but we managed to cram a lifetime of great experiences into his tenure as our singer,” the post continued, before listing concerts and the release of a full-length album as highlights of their time together.

Steuer portrayed the young Klingon Alexander Rozhenko on a 1990 episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” when he was 6 years old, making him the first actor to portray the character.

Three other actors, including Brian Bonsall, have since played Rozhenko — whose parents on the series are Worf and K’Ehleyr — in various “Star Trek” installments.

Steuer went on to land the role of Quentin Kelly, the son of titular character Grace Kelly, on “Grace Under Fire” in 1993, and portrayed the character on 73 episodes spanning three seasons before leaving the show in 1996 at age 12.

The character was played by Sam Horrigan for the subsequent three seasons after Steuer’s departure.

Steuer eventually transitioned into a music career, though he did entertain the idea of continuing acting after leaving “Grace Under Fire.”

“I wanted to forge on with acting after quitting the show, and I went out on a few interviews,” he told The A.V. Club in 2015. 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.”

Steuer also appeared on the TV series “Day by Day” in 1989 and in the 1994 family flick “Little Giants.”

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