Matthew Mindler, ‘Our Idiot Brother’ Actor, Dies at 19

by Amy Myers

Millersville University in Pennsylvania announced that student Matthew Mindler, star of Our Idiot Brother, died at age 19. Mindler was a first-year student at the University. The search for the child actor began on Thursday, after missing his classes the day prior. He was last seen leaving his dormitory on Tuesday at 8:11 p.m. wearing a white Millersville University hoodie, jeans, white sneakers and a black backpack. Since his disappearance, Matthew Mindler did not return any calls from his family.

On Thursday, the school released the following in their address to the students:

“Yesterday afternoon we notified the campus of a missing first-year student, Matthew Mindler. Matt’s health and safety are paramount and I know our thoughts are with him, his family and friends. 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.”

Officials searched on and around the campus for the missing child actor, responding to a number of tips from nearby residents and students. According to the school’s announcement to the student body, authorities found Matthew Mindler “deceased this morning, Saturday, August 28, in Manor Township near campus.”

Police are still investigating the cause of death. It is unclear whether authorities expect foul play or homicide.

Matthew Mindler’s Work as a Child Actor

Years before Matthew Mindler enrolled at Millersville University, he was a young Hollywood star. Mindler worked with Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel in the comedy film. The film centered around the story of a well-meaning guy named Ned with a naive yet optimistic view of the world. Once released from prison on good behavior, Ned comes to lives with one of his three sisters, who pass him off between them. Matthew Mindler portrayed the role of River, Ned’s impressionable nephew.

In the film, Matthew Mindler’s character is the son of two strict yet distant parents, Liz and Dylan. The parents give their young son little room to express himself, opting for him to take interpretative dance classes, though River wishes to take karate. Once his uncle comes along, Mindler’s character begins to come out of his shell. Eventually, Ned’s presence eventually encourages his mother to let his nephew do more activities that he enjoys.

While this may have been Mindler’s only big role on screens, he made a remarkably good first impression. With his sweet smile and goofy demeanor, he easily fulfilled the role of the energetic yet misunderstood River, who idolizes his free-spirited uncle. A teen ready for the next chapter of his life, Matthew Mindler seemed to take after his childhood character as he went on to discover new talents at his university. He will be missed by friends and family.