Jonathan was one of those actors that was all over TV in the 80′s… and no one really remembers!
In the early 80′s Jonathan did a few TV movies like Maid In America, and was also on a couple of Afterschool Specials type programs. In 1984 Jonathan starred in the first season of the TV series Charles In Charge as Douglas Pembroke, the middle child in the family. This was in the original version of the show … the one that aired on CBS and before it went into first-run syndication. This version of the show with Jonathan was a completely different show with a different cast (except for Scott Baio and Willie Aames) than the one most people think of when they think of Charles In Charge.
After Charles In Charge was cancelled by CBS, Jonathan made a TV movie and an episode of The Twilight Zone before appearing in the short-lived series Heart Of The City along with Christina Applegate before she went on to big fame in Married… With Children.
In 1987, Jonathan starred in the two of the projects that he is probably best known for: the feature film White Water Summer alongside Kevin Bacon and Sean Astin, and the television series The New Adventures Of Beans Baxter. Jonathan starred in the title role of Beans Baxter, which was an early FOX sitcom. Beans was a mid-western teenager who moves to Washington with his family, and becomes a spy. You can probably see why it lasted only 17 episodes. Jonathan did win a Young Artists Award for his role though, so at least he was good in it!
In the late 80′s, Jonathan appeared in 2 movies that I can really remember him in: Mac And Me and Steel Magnolias. Mac And Me was one of those ET-type movies with the alien creature crashing on Earth and becoming friends with a kid, all while the government tries to hunt down the alien as the family tries to save him.
In Steel Magnolias, Jonathan played a small part as one Julia Roberts brothers, but I can definitely remember noticing him in that movie.
In the 90′s, Jonathan continued acting for awhile mostly in TV movies and some guest-appearances in various shows. By the end of the 90′s Jonathan retired from acting.