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Jon Paul Steuer dead at 33: Star Trek star and child actor famous for Grace Under Fire passes away

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Jon Paul Steuer, the Star Trek actor famous for being the first person to play Alexander Rozhenko in The Next Generation, has died this week at the age of 33.

Jon, also known as Jonny P Jewels in his later career as a musician and restaurateur, died on January 1, according to local reports.

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A cause of death is yet to be determined, the Willamette Week reports.

Jon was born in California in March 1984 and launched his acting career at the age of 3, going on to play the Klingon Alexander - son of Worf and Ambassador K'Ehleyr - in 1990.

It's said he only got the job because he was the only small child at the audition who was patient enough to sit through the three hours it took to apply his prosthetics and makeup.

In 1991, Jon continued his acting career with the comedy series Late For Dinner, before going on to a guest appearance in an episode of The Wonder Years and When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn.

But it was his star turn as Quentin Kelly in the television series Grace Under Fire that really won him fans.

Sadly, Grace Under Fire was dominated by the offscreen antics of lead actress Brett Butler, who behaved erratically on set and was dogged by reports of substance abuse, and Jon quit acting altogether at the age of 12 after being asked repeatedly what his co-star was like to work with.

He told one interviewer in 2015 that the experience had soured his love of acting, saying: "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."

He added: "I had never really gotten into acting for the stardom or the fame or the attention.

"I did it because I liked acting. That show brought a lot of press and attention around me and my personal life. I was right on the cusp of puberty, going through that awkward stage. To be put under a microscope like that is kind of a bizarre addition to your life that obviously not a lot of other people can relate to."

Jon launched his music career after his last role in the 1994 comedy film Little Giants and formed glam punk band Kill City Thrillers, performing as his new alter-ego Jonny P Jewels.

Later in life, he opened up the highly successful vegan restaurant Harvest at the Bindery in Portland, becoming a restaurateur while continuing his music ventures on the side.

The restaurant, it has been reported this week, has now closed permanently as a result of his tragic death.

Jon's current band P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S, who he'd been performing with for the last year, spoke of their devastation at his passing.

In a Facebook tribute post, they wrote: "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 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: dozens shows at home in Portland and across several states, an amazing European tour, and our best full-length release yet.

"We've lost our singer, but far, far more than that we've lost a friend. Rest in peace, Jonny...we love you. Jon Paul Steuer March 27, 1984 - January 1, 2018."

The official Star Trek Online Twitter account also paid tribute to Jon, writing: "Rest in Peace, Jon Paul Steuer, the first actor to play Alexander in TNG. You will be deeply missed."

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