Seinfeld actor survives suicide attempt

By David Knox on February 23, 2012 / Filed Under News 2

US actor Daniel von Bargen, who played Mr. Kruger on Seinfeld, is in a critical condition after surviving a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

TMZ reports Von Bargen dialed 911 and told the operator, “I’ve shot myself in the head… and I need help.

“I shot in my temple,” he said.

The gunshot to the temple was not an accident. Von Bargen, who is a diabetic, recently learned some bad news. “I was supposed to go to the hospital and I didn’t want to. So I shot myself… They were supposed to amputate at least a few toes.”

He was transported to a Cincinnati hospital.

Von Bargen also appeared as Commandant Edwin Spangler on Malcolm in the Middle, Chief Grady in Super Troopers and in Law & Order and London Betty, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and The Faculty.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter


  1. Max Renn February 23, 2012 at 11:56 pm -

    I always remember his character Nilsen taunting Michael Douglas’ Nick Curran in Basic Instinct. Hope he recovers and finds a reason to live.

  2. wassup February 23, 2012 at 6:28 pm -

    He shot himself over losing a few toes? Truly hope he recovers well.

  3. Ruddeger February 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm -

    Such a shame.Hopefully he can recover.
    He was good in Seinfeld and very good in Malcolm as Commandant Spangler.

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