Daniel von Bargen, the versatile and very recognizable character actor, has died at the age of 64. The cause was complications from diabetes.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, von Bargen landed roles on and off-Broadway, as well as in the soap operas, “Guiding Light” and “All My Children”, but made the move to films in a short time. He played small parts in many genre movies in the 90’s, including “Silence of the Lambs”, “Basic Instinct” and “Robocop 3”. After that, he graduated to a few lead roles, including the evil cult leader, Nix, in the much underrated Clive Barker’s “Lord of Illusions”, which may have been the high point of his genre career. He also played the sheriff in “The Postman” and Mr. Tate in “The Faculty.” Over the course of his career, von Bargen worked with many acclaimed directors, such as Steven Spielberg, Frank Darabont, Ridley Scott and Jonathan Demme.
Whatever parts Daniel played, he excelled at, including comedy. He is probably most well known for his roles on “Malcolm in the Middle”, and as Mr. Kruger on “Seinfeld”, which he played to perfection. He also showed up in the season 5 episode of “The X-files”, “The Pine Bluff Variant,” as a terrorist. The rest of his career, which numbered well over 100 shows and movies, was filled with various and assorted generals, police captains and evil bosses. His presence and voice were very memorable.
In his last few years, von Bargen had a number of medical issues stemming from diabetes. His last appearance on screen was in the 2009 comedy, “London Betty.” To sum up Daniel von Bargen’s career, he was a brilliant character actor who’s name was not well known but his face and voice were, especially to movie and television fans alike.
— by Dean Schaefer