Daniel von Bargen

Daniel von Bargen

Highest Rated: 96% The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Lowest Rated: 5% Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)

Birthday: Jun 5, 1950

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

A character actor who seems to pop up everywhere as the sterotypical cop, military officer and/or tough guy, Von Bargen can nevertheless turn in performances of stunning complexity when given the chance. His role in The Postman as the Pineview sheriff who suspects Kevin Costner's character of being a fraud, was a stand-out as Von Bargen enfused the role with the pathos of a man caught between just trying to survive and wanting to believe in the hope the Postman represents. His performance, which was an amalgam of characters from the Novel, contained just the perfect blend of world-weary skepticism and desperate hope. In an otherwise mediocre film, audiences were moved to tear up as his character shouts "Ride Postman! Ride!" just before being put to death for assisting in the rebellion.His more evil side was brought out in Clive Barker's Lord Of Illusions as he played an Nix, older, wiser, more magical and supernatuerally gifted type of Charlie Manson charcter rising from the dead to "Murder the world." Many people don't remember him, but do remember his name and recall his characters distinctly and their lines, such as him calling Michael douglas "shooter" all the time in Basic Instinct.Von Bargen is at his best when he is permitted to layer an otherwise forgettable character with a subtle and poignant humanity he often conveys merely with his eyes or change of voice. By rights, he should be one of our most celebrated character actors. Here's hoping his talents are put to good use in the future!

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet London Betty Actor 2009
48% Coastlines Sheriff Tate 2006
No Score Yet Things That Hang From Trees George Burgess 2006
No Score Yet Artworks Howard Deardorf 2002
51% Simone Chief Detective $9.5M 2002
35% Super Troopers Chief Bruce Grady $18.4M 2002
42% The Majestic Fed. Agent Ellerby 2001
77% O Brother, Where Art Thou? Sheriff $45.2M 2000
49% The Kid Sam Duritz $68.5M 2000
67% Shaft Lt. Kearney $70.4M 2000
39% Snow Falling on Cedars Carl Heine 1999
5% Universal Soldier: The Return General Radford 1999
40% I'm Losing You Dr. Litvak $13.2K 1999
37% Desert Blue Jackson 1999
21% The General's Daughter Chief Yardley 1999
61% A Civil Action Mr. Granger 1998
53% The Faculty Mr. Tate 1998
34% The Real Blonde Devon 1998
8% The Postman Sheriff Briscoe 1997
77% Amistad Warden Pendelton 1997
53% G.I. Jane Secretary of the Navy Theodore Hayes 1997
15% Stephen King's 'Thinner' Chief Duncan Hopley 1996
32% Before and After Fran Conklin 1996
53% Broken Arrow Air Force General Creely 1996
88% Truman MacArthur 1995
61% Lord of Illusions Nix 1995
88% Crimson Tide Vladimir Radchenko 1995
44% I.Q. Secret service agent 1994
80% Philadelphia Jury Foreman 1993
88% Six Degrees of Separation Detective 1993
80% The Saint of Fort Washington Boat Captain 1993
33% Rising Sun Chief Olson/Interrogator 1993
No Score Yet The Last Hit Nordlinger 1993
No Score Yet Scam Albert Magliocco 1993
No Score Yet With Hostile Intent Off. Ted Campbell 1993
No Score Yet Citizen Cohn Clyde Tolson 1992
50% Shadows and Fog Vigilante 1992
53% Basic Instinct Lieutenant Nilsen 1992
No Score Yet Complex World Malcolm 1992
No Score Yet Company Business Flinn 1991
96% The Silence of the Lambs SWAT Communicator 1991
No Score Yet Right to Kill? Det. Roberts 1985


No Score Yet Without a Trace
Chief Finn 2003
61% Ally McBeal
Judge Kopesky 2001
No Score Yet Judging Amy
Judge Frizell 2001
No Score Yet Party of Five
Dr. Grayson 1998
74% The X-Files
Jacob Haley 1998
88% Seinfeld
Kruger 1998
No Score Yet The Pretender
Prentiss McLaren 1998
No Score Yet New York Undercover
Greene 1997
No Score Yet Law & Order
Billings Defense Atty. Lambrusco 1997
84% NYPD Blue
Sgt. Ray Kahlins 1996
No Score Yet Malcolm in the Middle
Cmdr. Edwin Spangler


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