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Daniel von Bargen

Highest Rated:   95% The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Lowest Rated:   3% RoboCop 3 (1993)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
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
68% Shaft
  • Lt. Kearney
$70.4M 2000
40% 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
22% The General's Daughter
  • Chief Yardley
1999
No Score Yet Inferno
  • General Maxwell
1999
60% A Civil Action
  • Mr. Granger
1998
53% The Faculty
  • Mr. Tate
1998
32% The Real Blonde
  • Devon
1998
9% The Postman
  • Sheriff Briscoe
1997
76% Amistad
  • Warden Pendelton
1997
55% 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
55% Broken Arrow
  • Air Force General Creely
1996
88% Truman
  • MacArthur
1995
61% Lord of Illusions
  • Nix
1995
87% Crimson Tide
  • Vladimir Radchenko
1995
46% I.Q.
  • Secret service agent
1994
78% Philadelphia
  • Jury Foreman
1993
88% Six Degrees of Separation
  • Detective
1993
78% The Saint of Fort Washington
  • Boat Captain
1993
3% RoboCop 3
  • Moreno
1993
35% Rising Sun
  • Chief Olson/Interrogator
1993
No Score Yet Scam
  • Albert Magliocco
1993
No Score Yet The Last Hit
  • Nordlinger
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
95% The Silence of the Lambs
  • SWAT Communicator
1991
No Score Yet Right to Kill?
  • Det. Roberts
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Chief Finn
  • 2003
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Judge Kopesky
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Pretender
1996-2000
  • Prentiss McLaren
  • 1998
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Jacob Haley
  • 1998
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Kruger
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Billings Defense Atty. Lambrusco
  • 1997
No Score Yet Malcolm in the Middle
2000-2006
  • Cmdr. Edwin Spangler

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