Daniel von Bargen
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|Daniel von Bargen|
June 5, 1950 |
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Daniel von Bargen (born June 5, 1950) is an American film, stage and television actor.
Best known for his roles as Mr. Kruger on Seinfeld and Commandant Edwin Spangler on the TV comedy Malcolm in the Middle, Von Bargen's film credits include London Betty, RoboCop 3, Basic Instinct, Broken Arrow, Universal Soldier: The Return, Truman, Philadelphia, A Civil Action, Thinner, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Snow Falling on Cedars, 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 includes a long residency with Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island; he 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 
On February 20, 2012, von Bargen shot himself in the temple during an apparent suicide attempt. He placed a phone call to a 911 operator who dispatched an emergency unit to von Bargen's Montgomery, Ohio, apartment. The actor suffers from diabetes, and has already had one leg amputated. He was due to have "at least" some toes amputated on the other foot, and did not want to submit to another surgery.
- Reported in website TMZ.com
- "Seinfeld and Malcolm In the Middle star Daniel von Bargen in critical condition". Associated Newspapers Ltd via Daily Mail. February 23, 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
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