Daniel von Bargen Biography

Birthday: 1950-06-05
Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
Wiki Biography: Daniel Von Bargen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 5, 1950. He grew up there for most of his childhood before moving with his family to Southern California. He attended Purdue University, majoring in drama. Daniel joined the Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island, after graduation and worked with them for many years. A breakthrough role in Mastergate (1992) (TV) by Larry Gelbart launched him onto Broadway stages. He has also starred in off-Broadway productions of "Beggars in the House of Plenty," "Macbeth," "The Cherry Orchard," "Hurlyburly," and "Uncle Vanya." On TV, he is best known for his roles in "Malcolm in the Middle" (2000) and "The West Wing" (1999). A seemingly typecast actor, he's often playing a military officer or policeman. IMDb Mini Biography By: buzzcutbuddha Mini Biography A character actor who seems to pop up everywhere as the stereotypical 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 (1997) as the Pineview sheriff who suspects 'Kevin Costner''s character of being a fraud, was a stand-out as Von Bargen infused 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 (1995) as he played Nix, an older, wiser, more magical and supernaturally gifted type of Charles Manson character 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 (1992). 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!

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Faculty Mr. John Tate 1998 Horror
Shaft Lt. Kearney 2000 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Shadows and Fog 1991 Game Show, 0, Comedy
Company Business Mike Flinn 1991 Action, Drama, Thriller
Complex World Malcom 1992 Comedy, Musical, Action
Basic Instinct Lieutenant Nilsen 1992 Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Lord of Illusions Nix 1995 Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Before and After 1996 Drama, Thriller
G.I. Jane Theodore Hayes 1997 Action, Drama
Trouble on the Corner Cecil, The Butcher 1997 Comedy, Crime, Drama
The Faculty Mr. John Tate 1998 Horror, Mystery, Sci Fi
Desert Blue Sheriff Jackson 1999 0
Universal Soldier: The Return 1999 Sport, 0, Game Show
Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 Biography
I'm Losing You Dr. Litvak 1999 Drama
Universal Soldier - The Return 1999 Action, Sci Fi
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Sheriff Cooley 2000 0, 0, Comedy
The Kid Sam Duritz 2000 Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Super Troopers Chief Grady 2001 0, Comedy
Trigger Happy Harold 2001
Artworks Howard Deardorf 2003 Crime, Drama, Romance
Drip Daniel 2005 Drama
Things That Hang from Trees 2006 Drama
Dead Horse Stu Conklin 2006 Comedy, Crime
London Betty Maury 2009 Comedy
A Question of Faith Adrian 2017
Shaft Lt. Kearney 2019 0, Comedy