Henry John “Hank” Deutschendorf II

Henry John “Hank” Deutschendorf II, one of the twin brothers who shared the role of Baby Oscar in “Ghostbusters II,” died Wednesday, June 14, according to a statement from his brother. He was 29.

Born April 29, 1988, Deutschendorf and his brother, William, were the nephews of singer John Denver. They shared acting duties on the set of “Ghostbusters II” (1989), a common approach to including babies and very young children in films. Their Baby Oscar was a key character, pivotal to the movie’s plot as the villainous spirit Vigo spent the film trying to possess Oscar and return to life.

Deutschendorf didn’t pursue acting as a career: “Ghostbusters II” was his lone film credit. As an adult, Hank owned, along with his brother, a martial arts studio in San Diego, California, where he taught. At their branch of West Coast Martial Arts Academy, the brothers offered free self-defense seminars for women, and they raised funds for the Liam’s Fund of Rady Children’s Hospital with an annual “Kick-A-Thon.”

In his statement, William Deutschendorf noted that Hank had suffered from schizoaffective disorder, and he called for increased awareness about schizophrenia, bipolar, and suicide prevention. In memory of Deutschendorf, his family requested donations to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

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