Child actor, Matthew Mindler is dead at 19 after going missing from college earlier this week


Child actor Matthew Mindler, 19, is found dead near his college campus after going missing earlier this week: Starred opposite Paul Rudd in 2011 movie Our Idiot Brother

  • Matthew Mindler, a freshman at Millersville University, was declared dead on Saturday, according to a statement released by university officials
  • The child actor vanished on Tuesday night after walking out of his dormitory 
  • He was reported missing on Wednesday after failing to return to residence hall and skipping his classes 
  • He was last seen walking towards campus parking lot after 8pm Tuesday 
  • The cause of death has yet to be released as of Saturday afternoon, and authorities did not say whether or not foul play was involved 
  • Mindler is best known for appearing in 2011 comedy Our Idiot Brother, starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Emily Mortimer  


Child actor Matthew Mindler, 19 (pictured), was reported dead Saturday after disappearing from his university Tuesday

Former child actor Matthew Mindler, best known for his role opposite Paul Rudd in the 2011 comedy Our Idiot Brother, has been declared dead after disappearing from his college in Pennsylvania last week. 

The college he attended, Millersville University, confirmed his death after releasing a statement on Saturday.

‘It is with a grieving heart that I let you know of the death of 19-year-old Matthew Mindler from Hellertown, Pennsylvania, a first-year student at Millersville University,’ the statement obtained by TMZ read. 

‘A search had been underway for Matthew since Thursday, after he was reported missing. Matthew was found deceased this morning, Saturday, August 28, in Manor Township near campus.’

The cause of death has yet to be released as of Saturday afternoon, and authorities did not say whether or not foul play was involved.

According to the Millersville University police, Mindler, a 20-year-old freshman, was last seen on campus on Tuesday night after attending classes Monday and Tuesday. He was reported as missing the following night on Wednesday, after failing to return to his dormitory room and skipping classes. 

Police wrote in an Instagram post that Mindler was spotted walking from the West Villages residence hall toward the Centennial Driver parking lot at around 8.11pm on Tuesday. 

Matthew Mindler, a freshman at Millersville University vanished on Tuesday night after walking out of his dormitory

Mindler is a former child actor who starred opposite Paul Rudd in 2011

Matthew Mindler (left), a freshman at Millersville University and a former child actor who starred opposite Paul Rudd (right), vanished on Tuesday after walking out of his dormitory

The Millersville University Police have released a screenshot from security footage, showing Mindler in a hallway in the West Villages residence hall on Tuesday night

The Millersville University Police have released a screenshot from security footage, showing Mindler in a hallway in the West Villages residence hall on Tuesday night 

Millersville University of Pennsylvania is a public university in Millersville, Pennsylvania

Millersville University of Pennsylvania is a public university in Millersville, Pennsylvania

As seen in a screenshot from security video, the student was wearing a white Millersville University hooded sweatshirt with black stripes on the arm, a black face mask, dark-colored jeans and sneakers. He was carrying a black backpack. 

Campus police filed a missing person report with the National Crime Information Center on Thursday. 

Mindler’s IMDB page lists eight acting credits in films and television shows, including in the 2013 short Frequency, which directed by his older brother, cinematographer Derek Mindler.

Mindler's IMDB page lists eight acting credits in films and television shows. He is pictured in 2011 attending the Los Angeles premiere of Our Idiot Brother

Mindler’s IMDB page lists eight acting credits in films and television shows. He is pictured in 2011 attending the Los Angeles premiere of Our Idiot Brother 

Mindler is pictured in a scene with Emily Mortimer, who played his mother in Our Idiot Brother

Mindler is pictured in a scene with Emily Mortimer, who played his mother in Our Idiot Brother 

His biggest role to date was in Our Idiot Brother, which follows Rudd’s character, an idealistic farmer who upends the lives of his three sisters, played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer.

Mindler portrayed Mortimer’s son, River.

Midler has not acted since 2016, when he appeared in the TV movie Chad: An American Boy.

Millersville University President Daniel Wubah sent a letter to the students addressing Mindler’s disappearance, reported WGAL. 

‘Matt’s health and safety are paramount and I know our thoughts are with him, his family and friends,’ Wubah wrote in part. ‘Our police department is continuing efforts to locate Matt in conjunction with regional law enforcement agencies. They are following every lead and appreciate your attention to this effort.’  

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