Brendan Anthony Moran died Dec. 19, 2002, as a result of a plunge from the 24th floor balcony of his Chicago apartment. The incident was officially declared a suicide. Moran, age 37, was an actor well-known for his appearances serving as bailiff on the syndicated courtroom reality series, "Judge Mathis." Moran's family members have expressed doubts that the official determination of suicide is correct, but the ruling has not been challenged, as of late 2015.
Moran was born in Chicago in 1965, joining a large family of six brothers and sisters. As a performer, his early experience includes membership in the Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band of Chicago. He also volunteered his time reading for the blind through a program sponsored by a local radio station. His acting credits in addition to "Judge Mathis" include "The Steve Harvey Show."
Moran was fondly remembered by many of those behind the scenes on "Judge Mathis." One insider reminisced about Moran's tendency to entertain the courtroom audience by playing guitar and singing songs during breaks in the taping.
Judge Alex Mathis spoke about Moran in a brief eulogy on the Feb. 20, 2002, episode of "Judge Mathis." The judge offered his heartfelt sympathy to the family, sharing how important Moran had been to the show and the degree to which he would be missed.