Actor Known for ‘Seinfeld’ Role Clings to Life After Suicide Attempt; 911 Call: ‘I’ve Shot Myself in the Head’

Feb 23, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A veteran TV and film actor known for roles on “Seinfeld” and “Malcolm in the Middle” was fighting for his life in an Ohio hospital after an apparent suicide attempt, TMZ.com reports.

Daniel von Bargen, 61, who played Mr. Kruger in a recurring role on “Seinfeld” and Commandant Spangler on “Malcolm in the Middle,” reportedly was in critical condition Wednesday after shooting himself in the head.

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Von Bargen was able to call 911 after the shooting, telling the operator that he decided to shoot himself rather than go to the hospital to have some toes amputated, the result of diabetes, the story says. Cincinnati law enforcement officials appeared at his apartment complex, and the actor was taken to a nearby hospital, the piece adds.

A Wikipedia entry about von Bargen said that he already has had one leg amputated as a result of his diabetes.

Von Bargen appeared most recently on television in “Law & Order,” and has earlier credits that include “The West Wing,” “Ally McBeal” and “Without a Trace.” On the big screen he has acted in “Super Troopers,” “Crimson Tide,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and many other films.

TMZ posted von Bargen’s 911 call, which can be heard here:

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  1. How tragic. Daniel, we love you man! Someone in the biz please help him out… He was a badass lawman in “O Brother” and sarcastically funny in other roles.
    Get well and stay strong brother…

  2. Dont think your alone, many people are praying for you. Keep strong and there is a silver lining to everything in life.
    Thank you for your great shows and stay with us Please! All our best to you and we pray for you.

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