Daniel Von Bargen's 'Seinfeld' Role Is Just One Of The Many Projects You Should Know The Late Actor From
Sad news this Wednesday: According to reports, veteran Seinfeld actor Daniel von Bargen died on Sunday at age 64. It's sad news for Hollywood: Though obviously von Bargen's portrayal of George Costanza's boss Mr. Kruger on the highly popular sitcom Seinfeld is how most will remember him, one glance at his IMDb page clearly exhibits someone whose dedication to the craft of acting was evident years before Seinfeld hit the airwaves. In fact, Mr. Kruger doesn't even represent a fraction of von Bargen's extensive onscreen roles, which include the stage, film, and television.
For example, take a look at any number of well-known crime shows, and von Bargen probably had a role on several of them. From New York Undercover, Law & Order, The Practice, NYPD Blue, the late actor covered plenty of ground, portraying terrorists, detectives, sheriffs, judges and the like. He also had guest spots on shows like Party of Five, All My Children and The X-Files and starred alongside some of Hollywood's biggest stars in films like Crimson Tide, Coastlines, Six Degrees of Separation and Philadelphia.
As von Bargen's friend and colleague Bob Colonna said in an official statement about the actor's passing, he has an "excellent body of work in the movies" and TV that span over 50 years and he will obviously be missed by many.
Let's take a look back at some of Daniel Von Bargen's film and TV roles:
Edwin Spangler on Malcolm in the Middle
The much-despised, one-armed, one-eyed commandant Edwin Spangler was responsible for whipping the Marlin Academy cadets into shape.
Sheriff Briscoe in The Postman
Von Bargen played the role of Briscoe alongside the film's star Kevin Costner.
Judge William Kopesky on Ally McBeal
Don't let the ridiculous toupee fool you: von Bargen was quite the convincing judge during his guest spot on Ally McBeal.
Chief Grady in Super Troopers
In this 2001 comedy, von Bargen strayed away from the serious cop role by playing Chief Grady, one of several goofy police in the midst of a crime-fighting rivalry.
Things That Hang From Trees
The 2006 film about an 8-year-old boy dealing with life struggles in Florida was one of von Bargen's final roles.
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