Daniel Von Bargen is an American actor who is best known for his work in television. Born on June 5, 1950 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Von Bargen was interested in the stage from an early age. He majored in drama at Purdue University and joined the Trinity Repertory Theater after graduation. His first role was on an episode of Great Performance in 1974 as the character Wooldridge. He continued to appear on television and film throughout the 80s and found high profile work into the 90s. Von Bargen appeared in bit parts in Silence of the Lambs (1991), Woody Allen's Shadows and Fog (1991) and the steamy erotic thriller Basic Instinct (1992). He his probably most remembered for his recurring role Seinfeld as George Costanza's boss, Kruger. He followed this up with a turn as Commandant Edwin Spangler on Malcolm in the Middle. Daniel Von Bargen continues to obtain small roles in hit films, including his turn as Sheriff Cooley in the Coen Brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).