Daniel von Bargen

Daniel von Bargen

Highest Rated: 88% Truman (1995)

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

Birthday: Jun 5, 1950

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Character actor Daniel von Bargen has had a long and accomplished career on stage and screen, often appearing as a "man's man." Von Bargen first pursued acting at Purdue University, where he studied drama before moving into theater with Providence's Trinity Repertory in Rhode Island. In 1974, he broke into television with a one-off role on the anthology series "Great Performances" in an adaptation of the play "Feasting with Panthers," which centered on Oscar Wilde's time in prison. He wouldn't break into film for another 17 years, but he did so with aplomb, appearing in four films in 1991, among them the iconic crime thriller "The Silence of the Lambs" and the Woody Allen crime comedy "Shadows and Fog," a cheeky homage to German Expressionism. Von Bargen soon became a familiar face in the crime genre, appearing in thrillers like the femme-fatale infused "Basic Instinct," and the action-packed cyborg sequel, "RoboCop 3." Yet one of his most memorable roles came in the Kevin Costner flop, "The Postman," in which von Bargen played a suspicious sheriff. It proved to be the first of many sheriffs he'd portray, and despite the film's poor reviews his strong performance drew notice. This contributed to his earning a recurring role on the dysfunctional family sitcom "Malcom in the Middle," as the gruff Commandant Spangler, who antagonized the eldest brother, Francis, during his stint in military school. Continuing to balance film, TV, and theater, von Bargen appeared in the comedy "London Betty" in 2009.

Highest rated movies

O Brother, Where Art Thou?
A Question of Faith
Lord of Illusions
Basic Instinct The Faculty
G.I. Jane




No Score Yet 80% London Betty Maury (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 21% Things That Hang From Trees George Burgess (Character) - 2006
48% 28% Coastlines Sheriff Tate (Character) $6.5K 2002
No Score Yet 8% Artworks Howard Deardorf (Character) - 2002
51% 36% Simone Chief Detective (Character) $9.7M 2002
42% 60% The Majestic Federal Agent Ellerby (Character) $27.8M 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trigger Happy Harold (Character) - 2001
67% 40% A Question of Faith Adrian (Character) $15.0K 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blessed Art Thou Adrian (Character) - 2000
78% 89% O Brother, Where Art Thou? Sheriff Cooley (Character) $45.5M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Disney's The Kid Sam Duritz (Character) $69.7M 2000
39% 67% Snow Falling on Cedars Carl Heine (Character) $14.4M 1999
21% 46% The General's Daughter Police Chief Yardley (Character) $102.7M 1999
5% 24% Universal Soldier: The Return General Radford (Character) $10.4M 1999
55% 55% The Faculty John Tate (Character) $40.1M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inferno Gen. Craig Maxwell (Character) - 1998
8% 50% The Postman Pineview Sheriff Briscoe (Character) $17.6M 1997
51% 53% G.I. Jane Theodore Hayes (Character) $48.2M 1997
32% 35% Before and After Fran Conklin (Character) $8.8M 1996
14% 30% Stephen King's Thinner Chief Duncan Hopley (Character) $15.3M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Statuary Narrator (Character) - 1995
88% 74% Truman Gen. Douglas MacArthur (Character) - 1995
58% 52% Lord of Illusions Nix (Character) $12.4M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shamrock Conspiracy Sternhardt (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Schmetterling Rockwell (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Writing on the Wall Rockwell (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Hit Nordlinger (Character) - 1993
56% 63% Basic Instinct Lt. Marty Nilsen (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 31% Company Business Mike Flinn (Character) $1.4M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Complex World Malcom (Character) $697 1990


No Score Yet 90% Malcolm in the Middle Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1991 1997 2004
No Score Yet 66% Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
61% 75% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
75% 95% The West Wing Air Force General Ken Shannon (Guest Star) 2000
20% No Score Yet City of Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet 92% Party of Five Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
74% 85% The X-Files Jacob Steven Haley (Guest Star) 1998
89% 92% Seinfeld Krugerg (Guest Star) 1997-1998
25% No Score Yet Significant Others Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
88% No Score Yet Michael Hayes Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 1995 1997
83% 83% NYPD Blue Sgt. Ray Kahlins (Guest Star) 1996