The top-notch character actor played George"s ceo Mr. Kruger and was Commandant Edwin Spangler on "Malcolm in the Middle."


Daniel von Bargen, the talented personality actor perhaps best known for playing George Costanza’s imbecilic boss Mr. Kruger throughout the critical season that Seinfeld, has died. He was 64.

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Von Bargen, who additionally stood out together Commandant Edwin Spangler top top the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, died Sunday after ~ a lengthy illness, his friend, actor Bob Colonna, said. Cincinnati TV terminal WLWT likewise reported the news. Other details of his fatality were no known.

In February 2012, von Bargen to be seriously injured once he shot self in the holy place in an evident suicide attempt, distraught since he had been battling diabetes and also was set to have actually two toe removed.

The flexible von Bargen climbed from the dead together the satanic Nix in the Clive Barker fear film Lord the Illusions (1995); play a futuristic sheriff in The Postman (1997), command by and starring Kevin Costner; and portrayed a southerly lawman who sought George Clooney’s character in the Coen brothers’ O Brother, wherein Art Thou? (2000).

An professional at playing authority figures, von Bargen to be a member that the Air pressure on NBC’s The West Wing and also in the 1996 movie Broken Arrow, a SWAT communicator in The quiet of the Lambs (1991), a cop in Basic Instinct (1992) and Super Troopers (2001), a mystery service certified dealer in I.Q. (1994), a warden in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad (1997) and also a commonwealth agent in The Majestic (2001).


His movie résumé has the notable movies Company Business (1991), Woody Allen’s Shadows and Fog (1991), Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia (1993), RoboCop 3 (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), Looking for Richard (1996) and Snow fall on Cedars (1999). He additionally guest-starred on together TV reflects as Spenser: because that Hire, All mine Children, NYPD Blue, The X-Files and The Practice.

A indigenous of Cincinnati that graduated native Purdue University, von Bargen join the Trinity Square Repertory firm in Providence, R.I., ~ college. He appeared in a David Mamet production of Uncle Vanya the opposite Christopher Walken, climate attracted Hollywood’s eye in 1989 once he played major Manley battle in the Larry Gelbart satire Mastergate ~ above Broadway.

On Seinfeld, his Mr. Kruger to be the it is not enough ability owner that Kruger commercial Smoothing (a firm that tried and also failed to remove the environment-friendly tint indigenous the Statue of Liberty) and also the boss of George (Jason Alexander) — by then finished through the Yankees — in season nine of the NBC hit.

And top top Malcolm in the Middle, von Bargen played the hard-nosed, eyepatch-wearing Spangler, the head of cadets at Marlin Academy. He clashed regularly with the troublemaking Francis (Christopher Masterson), the earliest of Malcolm’s (Frankie Muniz) brothers.

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In 2013, von Bargen starred in The Treatment in ~ the Joseph Papp Public theatre in brand-new York.

“I feeling a huge wave that sorrow and also relief at the pass of this exceptional man,” Colonna said. “I treasure the years when I functioned with him in ~ Trinity Rep and in a couple of TV films. Ns admire his excellent body of occupational in the movies. And also I mourn for the darkness and also pain that were his last years. God bless him. He to be a hell of a guy.”