Jon Paul Steuer, the actor who originated the role of Alexander Rozhenko on Star Trek: The Next Generation died on January 1st, 2018. He was 33 years old. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
Fans React to Steuer’s Death
Konstantin Stanislavski said, “There are no small parts, only small actors.” Nowhere does that statement ring truer than in our beloved franchises. Star Wars fans and extended universe authors build elaborate backstories featuring the universe’s most minor characters. And of course, the same applies to Star Trek fans.
Alexander Rozhenko is the son of Worf and Federation Ambassador K’ehleyr. He is one-quarter human. Although he appears in only a dozen episodes over the course of The Next Generation and Deep Space 9, he resonated with fans. Alexander is a character caught between two cultures. His struggle to be accepted by either side struck a chord with Trek fans.
Jon Paul Steuer only portrayed Rozhenko one time. However, Steuer’s performance marks the first appearance of the character. As such, he holds a special place in Trekkies’ hearts. Fans took to social media to mourn the loss of Steuer.
Jon Paul Steuer’s Career
In addition to Rozhenko, the actor portrayed Quentin Kelly on Grace Under Fire for sixty-nine episodes. At the age of twelve, he left acting and pursued a career in music. He performed under the stage name Johnny P Jewels. Steuer’s band, P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S., announced his death via their official Facebook page.
Furthermore, the actor/musician became a restauranteur in 2015. He started a vegan restaurant called Harvest at the Bindery in Portland, Oregon. The restaurant was born out of his years of experience as a server and bartender.
Yes, we’ve covered the deaths of character actors from beloved franchises in the past. However, they’ve usually lived long, full lives. Jon Paul Steuer’s life was cut dramatically short. Fortunately, he created a lasting effect on a beloved franchise. Though his loss was an early tragedy, his Star Trek character will live on for generations.