Brandon Spencer Lee Call (born November 17, 1976) is an American former television and film actor as a child and adolescent. He played Hobie Buchannon in the first year of Baywatch, and J.T. Lambert over a period of seven seasons on the TV series Step by Step.
Call was born on November 17, 1976, in Torrance, California. He is the youngest of four children born to Richard and Elyse Call; Brandon’s three elder siblings are Dee Anne, Tandi, and Dustin.
He is divorced and has a daughter who was born in 1998. He is now married to Kelly Koerber and has a daughter named Brooke.
While still in childhood, Call began acting in 1984. His first roles were guest spots on Simon & Simon and Hotel. His film debut was voicing “Fairy #1” in Disney’s The Black Cauldron in 1985. Also in 1985, he landed a recurring role on the NBC daytime drama, Santa Barbara. During his stint on Santa Barbara, he earned two Young Artist Awards for the role. After leaving the series in 1987, he guest-starred on two episodes of St. Elsewhere; he also co-starred with fellow soap opera veteran Christopher Rich on the short-lived series The Charmings. In 1989, Call was cast as Hobie Buchannon for the maiden season of NBC’s Baywatch, which passed into syndication the following year. Call left the show to concentrate on his studies.
In 1990, Call returned to films with Blind Fury, in which he co-starred opposite Rutger Hauer. A year later, Call starred with Andrew Dice Clay in The Adventures of Ford Fairlane; he also appeared in For the Boys starring Bette Midler.
Before the close of 1991, Call was cast as John Thomas “J.T.” Lambert on the ABC sitcom Step by Step, which moved to CBS in 1997 for its final season, after which Call retired from acting.
After taping an episode of Step by Step on September 3, 1996, Call got into a traffic dispute while driving home. He was shot in both arms by Tommy Eugene Lewis. Call was treated at the UCLA Medical Center and made a full recovery.
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Result||Category||Film or series|
|1986||Young Artist Award||Won||Outstanding Young Actor – Regular Daytime Serial||Santa Barbara|
|1987||Nominated||Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor, Supporting Role, Feature Film – Comedy, Fantasy or Drama||Jagged Edge|
|Won||Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor in a Daytime Series||Santa Barbara|
|1988||Nominated||Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor in a Television Comedy Series||The Charmings|
|1990||Best Young Actor Supporting Role in a Television Series||Baywatch|
|1992||Best Young Actor Starring in a New Television Series||Step by Step|
|1993||Outstanding Young Comedian in a Television Series||Step by Step|
|1994||Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series||Step by Step (Shared with Josh Byrne, Christopher Castile, Staci Keanan, Christine Lakin and Angela Watson)|