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      Daniel von Bargen

      Daniel von Bargen

      Highest Rated: 89% 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

      89% Truman
      78% O Brother, Where Art Thou?
      67% A Question of Faith
      58% The Faculty
      58% Lord of Illusions
      55% Basic Instinct
      53% G.I. Jane
      51% Simone

      Photos

      LORD OF ILLUSIONS, Daniel von Bargen, 1995, (c) United Artists LORD OF ILLUSIONS, Daniel von Bargen, Famke Janssen, 1995, (c) United Artists LORD OF ILLUSIONS, from left: Jordan Marder, Daniel von Bargen, 1995, © United Artists ROBOCOP 3, Stanley Anderson, Jill Hennessy, Robert John Burke, Remy Ryan, Robert DoQui, Daniel Von Bargen, 1993. (c) Orion Pictures. UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN, Justin Lazard, Daniel von Bargen, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Jai White, 1999, (c)TriStar Pictures UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN, Justin Lazard, Daniel von Bargen, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Jai White, 1999, (c)TriStar Pictures LORD OF ILLUSIONS, 1995, (c)United Artists ROBOCOP 3, Robert John Burke, Robert DoQui, Remy Ryan, Daniel Von Bargen, 1993, (c) Orion ROBOCOP 3, Stanley Anderson, CCH Pounder, Daniel Von Bargen, Jill Hennessy, 1993, (c)Orion Pictures Corporation

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 80% London Betty Maury (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 20% Things That Hang From Trees George Burgess (Character) - 2006
      48% 29% Coastlines Sheriff Tate (Character) $6.5K 2002
      No Score Yet 14% Artworks Howard Deardorf (Character) - 2002
      51% 36% Simone Chief Detective (Character) $9.7M 2002
      36% 90% Super Troopers Chief Grady (Character) $18.5M 2001
      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
      49% 49% 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
      58% 57% The Faculty John Tate (Character) $40.1M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inferno Gen. Craig Maxwell (Character) - 1998
      14% 51% The Postman Pineview Sheriff Briscoe (Character) $17.6M 1997
      53% 53% G.I. Jane Theodore Hayes (Character) $48.2M 1997
      32% 35% Before and After Fran Conklin (Character) $8.8M 1996
      19% 31% Stephen King's Thinner Chief Duncan Hopley (Character) $15.3M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Statuary Narrator (Character) - 1995
      89% 74% Truman Gen. Douglas MacArthur (Character) - 1995
      58% 53% 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
      55% 64% Basic Instinct Lt. Marty Nilsen (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 32% Company Business Mike Flinn (Character) $1.4M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Complex World Malcom (Character) $697 1990

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 89% Malcolm in the Middle Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2000-2006
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1991 1997 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      61% 74% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      81% 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 88% 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
      22% 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% 93% NYPD Blue Sgt. Ray Kahlins (Guest Star) 1996