Character Actor Known for ‘Seinfeld’ Role Dies

Mar 4, 2015  •  Post A Comment

A character actor whose work included a memorable role on the hit NBC sitcom “Seinfeld” has died. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daniel von Bargen died Sunday, March 1, after a long struggle with illness. He was 64.

Von Bargen was best known for playing George Costanza’s boss, Mr. Kruger, during the final season of “Seinfeld.” He also played Commandant Edwin Spangler on ABC’s “Malcolm in the Middle.”

“In February 2012, von Bargen was seriously injured when he shot himself in the temple in an apparent suicide attempt, distraught because he had been battling diabetes and was set to have two toes removed,” THR reports.

The THR story adds: “The versatile von Bargen rose from the dead as the satanic Nix in the Clive Barker horror film ‘Lord of Illusions’ (1995); played a futuristic sheriff in ‘The Postman’ (1997), directed by and starring Kevin Costner; and portrayed a Southern lawman who pursued George Clooney’s character in the Coen brothers’ ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ (2000).”

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  1. Very sad end…he was amazing as Col. Spengler on “Malcolm in the Middle.” Sorry to hear of his passing.

  2. “Malcolm in the Middle” was on Fox, not ABC.

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