Joe Pichler

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Joe Pichler
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Joseph David Wolfgang Pichler

(1987-02-14)February 14, 1987
DisappearedJanuary 5, 2006 (aged 18)
StatusMissing for 13 years, 10 months and 25 days
Years active1996–2002
AwardsYoung Artist Award: Best Performance in a Feature Film or TV Movie - Young Ensemble
1999 Shiloh 2

Joseph David Wolfgang Pichler (February 14, 1987 – disappeared January 5, 2006) is an American former child actor. Pichler has been missing since January 5, 2006.

Life and career[edit]

The fourth of five children, Pichler relocated to Los Angeles as a child to pursue his acting career. He had some success, most notably appearing in several movies and television shows. With the exception of a handful of memorable supporting roles, he is probably best known for his recurring role as Brennan Newton in the third and fourth (direct-to-video) installments of the Beethoven movies—family-oriented comedies about the antics of a mischievous St. Bernard.

In 2003, at the insistence of his family, he returned to his hometown of Bremerton, Washington (which is across Puget Sound and about 16 miles west of Seattle), and graduated from high school there in 2005. According to family, Pichler had planned to return to Los Angeles in the following year (after the braces were removed from his teeth) to continue with his acting career. At the time of his disappearance, Pichler lived on his own in Bremerton across town from his parents, his younger brother Matthew "A.J." Pichler and his older sister Samantha.


Pichler was last seen on January 5, 2006.[1][2]According to the Charley Project, the friends who last saw him stated he was in good spirits while he was with them.[3]

His car, a silver 2005 Toyota Corolla, was found January 9, 2006, at the intersection of Wheaton Way and Sheridan Road. He was reported as officially missing by his family on January 16.

According to his family's statements to the media at the time, the last outgoing call on Pichler's cell phone was placed at 4:08 a.m., on January 5, to a friend who had said that he had been visiting with Pichler earlier in the day.[3]

According to the Associated Press, Pichler's family stated that a note found within the car expressed a wish to be a "stronger brother" and asked that personal effects of Pichler's be given to a younger brother, although the family did not characterize this finding as a suicide note.[4] The lead detective on the case, Robbie Davis, told the Associated Press that "There's a good indication that it might have been a suicide, but we don’t know that," adding that there was no reason to suspect foul play.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1996 In the House Bryan Episode: "To Die For"
1996 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Little Boy Episode: "Through a Glass, Darkly"
1996 The Fan Sick Sean
1997 Prison of Secrets Zach TV movie
1997 Gun Tad Episode: "The Hole"
1998 Touched by an Angel Alex Craig Episode: "The Trigger"
1998 Music From Another Room Young Billy
1999 Varsity Blues Kyle Moxon
1999 Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season David Howard
2000 Beethoven's 3rd Brennan Newton
2001 When Good Ghouls Go Bad Danny Walker TV movie
2001 Beethoven's 4th Brennan Newton
2002 The Nightmare Room Gary Episode: "Camp Nowhere" (Parts 1 and 2)
2002 Children on Their Birthdays Billy Bob Murphy (final film role)


  1. ^ Former child actor Joe Pichler missing 2006-01-16, Associated Press
  2. ^ "Former child movie actor Joe Pichler missing, suicidal note found; was in `Beethoven' comedies". News on 6. January 16, 2006.
  3. ^ a b "Joseph David Wolfgang Pichler". The Charley Project. December 9, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Former 'Beethoven' child actor is missing". NBC. Associated Press. 17 January 2006.

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