‘Seinfeld’ actor Daniel von Bargen dies, aged 64

Actor played Mr Kruger in 'Seinfeld' and Commandant Edwin Spangler in 'Malcolm In The Middle'

Prolific American actor Daniel von Bargen has passed away at the age of 64.

The Cincinatti-born actor worked extensively in film, TV and theatre for over 30 years but was probably best known for his role as Mr Kruger in four episodes of Seinfeld and for playing Commandant Edwin Spangler in 15 episodes of Malcolm In The Middle.

He died over the weekend following a long illness, sources told Cincinatti-based news network WLWT. Von Bargen had suffered from diabetes for many years and in February 2012 shot himself in the head in an apparent suicide attempt. After dialling 911, Von Bargen told the dispatcher he was due to go into hospital to have two toes amputated but “didn’t want to”. The actor had already had one leg amputated because of the disease.


Von Bargen’s other TV appearances over the years included episodes of The West Wing, NYPD Blue, The X-Files, Ally McBeal and Party Of Five. His film credits included supporting roles in Basic Instinct, Philadelphia, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Amistad and G.I. Jane.

His final screen appearance came in the 2009 comedy film London Betty. His funeral will be a private service, sources said.