Daniel von Bargen

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Daniel von Bargen
Born(1950-06-05) June 5, 1950 (age 64)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Years active1970–2009
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Daniel von Bargen
Born(1950-06-05) June 5, 1950 (age 64)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Years active1970–2009

Daniel von Bargen (born June 5, 1950)[1] is an American film, stage and television actor. He is best known for his roles on Seinfeld and Malcolm in the Middle.


Best known for his roles as Mr. Kruger on Seinfeld (1997–98) and Commandant Edwin Spangler on the TV comedy Malcolm in the Middle (2000–01), von Bargen's film credits include London Betty, RoboCop 3, Basic Instinct, Broken Arrow, Universal Soldier: The Return, Truman, The Majestic, Philadelphia, A Civil Action, Thinner, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Snow Falling on Cedars, Disney's The Kid, and Super Troopers. He played the maniacal sorcerer Nix in Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions, and the Sheriff in The Postman. He played a terrorist in a season 5 episode of The X-Files.

His distinguished stage career included a long residency with Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island; he made his Off-Broadway debut in 1981 in Missing Persons.[2] He also appeared in the premiere of Larry Gelbart's Mastergate and other plays at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and made his Broadway debut when the show went to New York.

Personal life[edit]

Von Bargen graduated from Purdue University.[2]

On February 20, 2012, von Bargen shot himself in the temple during an apparent suicide attempt.[3] He placed a phone call to a 911 operator who dispatched an emergency unit to von Bargen's Montgomery, Ohio, apartment. He suffered from diabetes, and had already had one leg amputated. Von Bargen was due to have "at least" some toes amputated on the other foot, and did not want to submit to another surgery.[4]



1976VisionsGuardEpisode: "Life Among the Lowly"
1979The Scarlet LetterA Sailor
1983The Dean of Thin AirGeorge BerkeleyTV movie
1985Right to Kill?Det. RobertsTV movie
1985American PlayhouseThomasEpisode: "Three Sovereigns for Sarah: Part I"
1985–86Spenser: For HireAl / Mr. Hurley2 episodes
1990H.E.L.P.WhitehallEpisode: "Are You There, Alpha Centauri?"
1991, 1997, 2004Law & OrderSupt. Cooper / Commander Billings / Lambrusco3 episodes
1992Citizen CohnClyde TolsonTV movie
1993The Last HitNordlinger
1993With Hostile IntentOfficer Ted CampbellTV movie
1993ScamAlbert MaglioccoTV movie
1993Guiding LightJoe Morrison
1994One West WaikikiCapt. Charlie DaltonEpisode: "'Til Death Do Us Part"
1994The Gift of LoveTV movie
1994–95All My ChildrenLt. Cody
1995The Shamrock ConspiracySternhardtTV movie
1995TrumanGeneral Douglas MacArthurTV movie
1995, 1997New York UndercoverGreen / Omega Bomber / Duane2 episodes
1996The Writing on the WallRockwellTV movie
1996NYPD BlueSgt. Ray Kahlins2 episodes
1997–98SeinfeldMr. Kruger4 episodes
1998The PretenderCaptain Prentiss McClarenEpisode: "Collateral Damage"
1998Significant OthersDavid LernerEpisode: "The Plan"
1998The X-FilesJacob Steven HaleyEpisode: "The Pine Bluff Variant"
1998ArlissEpisode: "Whatever It Takes"
1998Party of FiveDr. Dick GraysonEpisode: "Love and War"
1999Fantasy IslandDistrict Attorney FlynnEpisode: "Innocent"
1999The PracticeDet. SmileyEpisode: "Happily Ever After"
2000City of AngelsStewart RaffertyEpisode: "Unhand Me"
2000Time of Your LifeMr. HallowayEpisode: "The Time They Got E-Rotic"
2000The Fearing MindP.F. O'HorganEpisode: "Good Harvest"
2000The West WingAir Force General Ken Shannon2 episodes
2000–01Malcolm in the MiddleCommandant Edwin Spangler15 episodes
2001Ally McBealJudge William KopeskyEpisode: "The Ex-Files"
2001Judging AmyJudgeEpisode: "Grounded"
2003Without a TraceChief Patrick FinnEpisode: "Trip Box"


1991The Silence of the LambsSWAT communicator
1991Company BusinessMike Flinn
1991Shadows and FogVigilante
1991The Good Policeman
1992Complex WorldMalcom
1992Basic InstinctLieutenant Nilsen
1993RoboCop 3Moreno
1993Rising SunChief Olson / Interrogator
1993The Saint of Fort WashingtonBoat Captain
1993Six Degrees of SeparationDetective
1993PhiladelphiaJury Foreman
1994I.Q.Secret Service Agent
1995Crimson TideVladimir Radchenko
1995Lord of IllusionsNix
1996Looking for RichardRatcliffeDocumentary
1996Broken ArrowAir Force General Creely
1996Before and AfterFran Conklin
1996ThinnerChief Duncan Hopley
1997G.I. JaneTheodore Hayes
1997Trouble on the CornerCecil, the butcher
1997AmistadWarden Pendleton
1997The PostmanPineview Sheriff Briscoe
1998The Real BlondeDevon
1998Desert BlueSheriff Jackson
1998I'm Losing YouDr. Litvak
1998InfernoGen. Craig Maxwell
1998The FacultyMr. Tate
1998A Civil ActionMr. Granger
1999The General's DaughterPolice Chief Yardley
1999Universal Soldier: The ReturnGeneral Radford
1999Snow Falling on CedarsCarl Heine, Sr.
2000A Question of FaithAdrian
2000O Brother, Where Art Thou?Sheriff Cooley
2000ShaftLieutenant Kearney
2000Disney's The KidSam Duritz
2001Super TroopersChief Grady
2001Trigger HappyHarold
2001The MajesticFederal Agent Ellerby
2002CoastlinesSheriff Tate
2002S1m0neChief Detective
2003ArtworksHoward Deardorf
2004Dead HorseStu Conklin
2006Things That Hang from TreesGeorge Burgess
2009London BettyMaury


1988–89MastergateMaj. Manley Battle[5]
1988–89PlatonovPavel Petrovich Scherbuk[5]
1988–89Life is a DreamKing Basilio[5]
1987–88Uncle VanyaVanya[5]Hasty Pudding Theater
1992Angel of Death by Charlie SchulmanJosef Mengele[6]
1993The TreatmentJoseph Papp Public Theater[7]
'Tis Pity She's a Whore
The Changeling


  1. ^ "Daniel von Bargen". Yahoo! Movies. Yahoo!. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Willis, John A. (1996). Theatre World 50. Crown Publishers. p. 234. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Seinfeld Star Survives Suicide Attempt - I've Shot Myself in the Head" TMZ. Retrieved 2014-3-25.
  4. ^ Smith, Candace (Feb 22, 2012). "Seinfeld Star Daniel von Bargen Hospitalized After Failed Suicide Attempt". ABC News. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Plotkins, Marilyn (1 January 2005). The American Repertory Theatre Reference Book: The Brustein Years. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 9, 75–77, 78–80, 82–85, 183. ISBN 978-0-313-28913-2. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Walters, Guy (2010). Hunting Evil: How the Nazi War Criminals Escaped and the Hunt to Bring Them to Justice. Bantam. p. 556. ISBN 978-0-553-81939-7. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Wolf, Matt (October 24, 1993). "THEATER; America, Through a Glass Darkly, By a Fascinated Englishman". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 

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