Talented character actor Daniel von Bargen died on March 1, 2015. He is best known for playing George Costanza’s boss Mr. Kruger during the last season of “Seinfeld”. The 64-year-old Bargen, who also stood out as Commandant Edwin Spangler on the ABC sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle” had been suffering from diabetes for a long time.

In February 2012, Daniel von Bargen was seriously injured when he shot himself in the temple in an apparent suicide attempt. He suffered from diabetes, and had already had one leg amputated. Von Bargen was due to have at least some toes amputated on the other foot, and did not want to submit to another surgery.

Daniel Von Bargen Died

Daniel von Bargen, who played Mr. Kruger, George Costanza’s clueless, slacker boss on “Seinfeld,” died over the weekend after suffering a long illness.

Daniel von Bargen, a native of Cincinnati graduated from Purdue University. He joined the Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, after college. He appeared in a David Mamet production of “Uncle Vanya” opposite Christopher Walken, then attracted Hollywood’s eye in 1989 when he played Maj. Manley Battle in the Larry Gelbart satire “Mastergate” on Broadway.

On “Seinfeld,” his Mr. Kruger was the incompetent owner of Kruger Industrial Smoothing (a company that tried and failed to remove the green tint from the Statue of Liberty) and the boss of George (Jason Alexander) — by then finished with the Yankees — in Season 9 of the NBC hit.

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

In 2013, Daniel von Bargen starred in “The Treatment” at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York.

A private memorial service will be held for the actor.

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