He began his career as a child star, and then progressed through the acting ranks, becoming Star Trek character Alexander Rozhenko. Sadly, Jon Paul Steuer passed away at the age of thirty-three.
His last Star Trek role was as Alexander Rozhenko in 1990, in the episode Reunion.
As The Independent reports, the cause of death is yet to be determined.
Steur, who, alongside being an actor, was also a musician and a restaurateur, died right after New Year’s Eve, on January 1st. During the 1990s, he was the only actor fit for a child role in Star Trek: The Next Generation, because he was the only kid patient enough to sit for hours and get his Klingon makeup done.
After being a child Klingon named Alexander Rozhenko, Steuer left the Star Trek universe and took part in the US TV show Grace Under Fire, starring as the character Quentin Kelly. He continued his acting career in Little Giants, a 1994 children’s comedy.
He played a young Klingon in Star Trek: The Next Generation
But he soon got fed up with acting, and became a restaurateur. He opened his own place in Portland, Oregon, and dabbed in music performing as part of the band P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S.
Jon Paul Steuer was the only child patient enough to sit through the three-hour Klingon makeup ordeal.
His P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. bandmates confirmed the news of his passing, and paid their tribute with the following statement:
“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.”
They continued, saying: “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,” his bandmates concluded.
Jon Paul Steuer was born in California and began acting at the age of 3.