Daniel von Bargen

  • Born: June 5, 1950
  • Died: March 1, 2015
  • Location: Montgomery, Ohio


Daniel von Bargen, who played George Costanza's dim-witted boss Mr. Kruger on "Seinfeld," has died. He was 64. (photo credit: www.sodanco.com)

Actor known for role as boss on 'Seinfeld' dies

By LISA CORNWELL, The Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) — Daniel von Bargen, who played George Costanza's dim-witted boss Mr. Kruger on "Seinfeld," has died. He was 64.

Von Bargen died Sunday in the Cincinnati area, Harry Gilligan, owner of Gilligan Funeral Homes, confirmed Thursday. Gilligan said he couldn't provide the cause of death, names of relatives or any other information. WLWT-TV in Cincinnati first reported the death.

In addition to his "Seinfeld" role, von Bargen portrayed Commandant Edwin Spangler on "Malcolm in the Middle." His film credits include "The Silence of the Lambs," ''O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and "Lord of Illusions." He also had appearances on "Law & Order," ''The West Wing" and "NYPD Blue."

Von Bargen was a versatile actor and great co-worker, Bob Colonna said via email. Colonna got to know von Bargen during their shared time at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, and while filming several TV films.

"He was much loved, for himself and his work, both of which were unassailable," Colonna wrote.

Von Bargen made headlines in 2012 when he called 911 after shooting himself in the temple. He told police he was supposed to go to a hospital that day to have some toes amputated because of diabetes complications and had already had one leg amputated. He said he was feeling depressed before he shot himself.

No funeral services were scheduled, Gilligan said.


Associated Press writer Jennifer Smola in Columbus contributed to this report.

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In 1980, I was fortunate to get an internship at Trinity Rep in Providence, RI. Dan was working there that summer. I worked as a PA on "Deathtrap" and remember Dan as a kind, thoughtful person and a fine actor. I am so sorry for the struggles with his illness. My deepest condolences to the family.

Posted by Cindy Stillings - Bristol, RI   March 12, 2015


I am sorry for your loss of a loved one . When I lost my son I took comfort from knowing I will see him again . I would to share that hope with you .Many millions of people who are dead in the grave will return to life on earth. Even some who did not know God and who practiced bad things will be resurrected.Read Luke 23:43; ..my love to the Family

Posted by Roxanne    March 09, 2015

May the God of tender mercies be with your family. I would like to extend my sincere sympathy for your loss. Please know that our Loving Creator never intended for death to be a part of life. He promises us, "from the power of the grave I [God] will redeem them." Hosea 13:14

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Daniel von Bargen, who played George Costanza's dim-witted boss Mr. Kruger on "Seinfeld," has died. He was 64. (photo credit: www.sodanco.com)