Daniel von Bargen (1950–2015)

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A character actor who seems to pop up everywhere as the stereotypical cop, military officer and/or tough guy, von Bargen could turn in performances of stunning complexity when given the chance. Daniel von Bargen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 5, 1950 to Juanita (Bustle) and Donald L. von Bargen. Of German and English descent, he grew up in ... See full bio »


(age 64) in Montgomery, Ohio, USA

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Known For

The Postman Pineview Sheriff Briscoe
RoboCop 3 Moreno
The Faculty Mr. John Tate
Super Troopers Chief Grady


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 2009 London Betty
 2006 Things That Hang from Trees
George Burgess
 2005 Drip
 1991-2004 Law & Order (TV Series)
Supt. Cooper / Commander Billings / Lambrusco
- The Brotherhood (2004) ... Supt. Cooper
- Navy Blues (1997) ... Commander Billings (as Daniel Von Bargen)
- Confession (1991) ... Lambrusco
 2004 Dead Horse
Stu Conklin
 2003 Without a Trace (TV Series)
Chief Patrick Finn
- Trip Box (2003) ... Chief Patrick Finn
 2003 Artworks
Howard Deardorf
 2002 S1m0ne
Chief Detective
 2000-2002 Malcolm in the Middle (TV Series)
Commandant Edwin Spangler
- Dewey's Dog (2002) ... Commandant Edwin Spangler
- Emancipation (2001) ... Commandant Edwin Spangler
- Houseboat (2001) ... Commandant Edwin Spangler
- Mini-Bike (2001) ... Commandant Edwin Spangler
- Surgery (2001) ... Commandant Edwin Spangler
 2002 Coastlines
Sheriff Tate
 2001 The Majestic
Federal Agent Ellerby
 2001 Trigger Happy
 2001 Judging Amy (TV Series)
- Grounded (2001) ... Judge
 2001 Super Troopers
Chief Grady (as Daniel Von Bargen)
 2001 Ally McBeal (TV Series)
Judge William Kopesky
- The Ex-Files (2001) ... Judge William Kopesky
 2000 The West Wing (TV Series)
Air Force General Ken Shannon
- Noël (2000) ... Air Force General Ken Shannon
- In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I (2000) ... Air Force General Ken Shannon
 2000 The Fearing Mind (TV Series)
P.F. O'Horgan
- Good Harvest (2000) ... P.F. O'Horgan
 2000 The Kid
Sam Duritz (as Daniel Von Bargen)
 2000 Shaft
Lt. Kearney (as Daniel Von Bargen)
 2000 Time of Your Life (TV Series)
Mr. Halloway
- The Time They Got E-Rotic (2000) ... Mr. Halloway
 2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Sheriff Cooley (as Daniel Von Bargen)
 2000 City of Angels (TV Series)
Stewart Rafferty
- Unhand Me (2000) ... Stewart Rafferty
 2000 A Question of Faith
Father Adrian
 1999 Snow Falling on Cedars
Carl Heine Sr. (as Daniel Von Bargen)
 1999 Universal Soldier: The Return
General Radford
 1999 The General's Daughter
Chief Yardley
 1999 The Practice (TV Series)
Detective Smiley
- Happily Ever After (1999) ... Detective Smiley
 1999 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
District Attorney Flynn
- Innocent (1999) ... District Attorney Flynn
 1998 A Civil Action
Mr. Granger (as Daniel Von Bargen)
 1998 Party of Five (TV Series)
Dr. Dick Grayson
- Love and War (1998) ... Dr. Dick Grayson
 1998 The Faculty
Mr. John Tate
 1998 Inferno (TV Movie)
Gen. Craig Maxwell (as Daniel Von Bargen)
 1998 Desert Blue
Sheriff Jackson
 1998 I'm Losing You
Dr. Litvak
 1998 Arli$$ (TV Series)
Bob Whitney
- Whatever It Takes (1998) ... Bob Whitney (as Daniel Von Bargen)
 1998 The X-Files (TV Series)
Jacob Steven Haley
- The Pine Bluff Variant (1998) ... Jacob Steven Haley
 1997-1998 Seinfeld (TV Series)
- The Maid (1998) ... Kruger (as Daniel Von Bargen)
- The Burning (1998) ... Kruger (as Daniel Von Bargen)
- The Strike (1997) ... Kruger (as Daniel Von Bargen)
- The Slicer (1997) ... Kruger (as Daniel Von Bargen)
 1998 Significant Others (TV Mini Series)
David Lerner
- The Plan (1998) ... David Lerner (as Daniel Van Bargen)
 1998 The Pretender (TV Series)
Captain Prentiss McClaren
- Collateral Damage (1998) ... Captain Prentiss McClaren
 1997 The Postman
Pineview Sheriff Briscoe
 1997 Amistad
Warden Pendleton (as Daniel Von Bargen)
 1997 Girls Night Out (Short)
 1997 Trouble on the Corner
Cecil, The Butcher
 1997 The Real Blonde
Devon (as Daniel Von Bargen)
 1997 G.I. Jane
Theodore Hayes (as Daniel Von Bargen)
 1995-1997 New York Undercover (TV Series)
Green / Omega Bomber / Duane
- The Promised Land (1997) ... Green
- Color Lines (1995) ... Omega Bomber / Duane
 1996 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Sgt. Ray Kahlins
- Unembraceable You (1996) ... Sgt. Ray Kahlins
- Hollie and the Blowfish (1996) ... Sgt. Ray Kahlins
 1996 Thinner
Chief Duncan Hopley
 1996 The Writing on the Wall (TV Movie)
 1996 Before and After
Fran Conklin
 1996 Broken Arrow
Air Force General Creely
 1996 Looking for Richard (Documentary)
Ratcliffe (as Dan von Bargen)
 1995 Truman (TV Movie)
General MacArthur
 1995 Lord of Illusions
 1995 Statuary (Short)
 1995 Crimson Tide
Vladimir Radchenko
 1995 The Shamrock Conspiracy (TV Movie)
Sternhardt (as Daniel Von Bargen)
 1994 I.Q.
Secret Service Agent
 1994 The Gift of Love (TV Movie)
 1994 One West Waikiki (TV Series)
Capt. Charlie Dalton
- 'Til Death Do Us Part (1994) ... Capt. Charlie Dalton
 1993 The Good Policeman (TV Movie)
Frederic LeComte
 1993 Philadelphia
Jury Foreman
 1993 Six Degrees of Separation
Detective (as Daniel Von Bargen)
 1993 The Saint of Fort Washington
Boat Captain
 1993 Rising Sun
Chief Olson / Interrogator
 1993 Scam (TV Movie)
Albert Magliocco
 1993 With Hostile Intent (TV Movie)
Officer Ted Campbell
 1993 RoboCop 3
 1993 The Last Hit (TV Movie)
 1992 Citizen Cohn (TV Movie)
Clyde Tolson
 1992 Basic Instinct
Lt. Martin Nilsen (as Daniel Von Bargen)
 1991 Shadows and Fog
Vigilante (as Daniel Von Bargen)
 1991 Complex World
 1991 Company Business
Mike Flinn
 1991 The Silence of the Lambs
SWAT Communicator
 1990 H.E.L.P. (TV Series)
- Are You There, Alpha Centauri? (1990) ... Whitehall (as Daniel Von Bargen)
 1985-1986 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Mr. Hurley / Al
- Rage (1986) ... Mr. Hurley
- Autumn Thieves (1985) ... Al (uncredited)
 1985 American Playhouse (TV Series)
 1985 Right to Kill? (TV Movie)
Det. Roberts
 1983 The Dean of Thin Air (TV Movie)
George Berkeley (as Dan Von Bargen)
 1979 The Scarlet Letter (TV Mini Series)
- Part IV (1979) ... Sailor
 1976 Visions (TV Series)
- Life Among the Lowly (1976) ... Guard
 1974 Great Performances (TV Series)
- Feasting with Panthers (1974) ... Wooldridge
 1970 All My Children (TV Series)
Lt. Cody (1994-1995)
 1952 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Joe Morrison (1993)
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(Summer 1986) He acted in the musical, "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum," at the Trinity Repertory Company Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island with Peter Gerety, Richard Ferrone, Richard Kavanaugh, Derek Meader, David C. Jones, Barbara Meek, David PB Stephens, Andrew Mutnick, Ed Hall, WIlliam Damkoehler, Mina ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Daniel Van Bargen | Daniel Von Bargen | Dan Von Bargen | Dan von Bargen


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Margo Skinner  (divorced)

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I don't necessarily like going to the movies. It's a little nerve-wracking to see your head the size of a house. I'm getting used to it, but there's still a little uneasiness when you walk into the theater and think "Oh, God, am I going to suck?' See more »


When he was filming The Postman (1997), he was forced to remain on location in Washington State and was unable to go to his parents' 50th wedding anniversary. Kevin Costner, director/star of the film, took time out from filming and helped him make a video for his parents to make up for his absence. See more »


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