Daniel Von Bargen Of Seinfeld Attempts Suicide

    February 23, 2012
    Shawn Hess
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You might know him as Mr. Kruger, George’s boss on the hit TV show Seinfeld. Monday morning Daniel Von Bargen attempted suicide with a gunshot to the temple. After the attempt, he called 911 for help. He sounds unbelievably clam as he speaks to the 911 operator:

“I’ve shot myself in the head … and I need help.”

“I was supposed to go to the hospital today, but I didn’t want to….so I shot myself.”

“I just shit in my pants.”

“I can’t open my eyes….I shot in my temple.”

“I was going to go there [the hospital], they were going to amputate at least a few toes.”

“The one leg has already been amputated and they were working on the other. I have no children and no wife and I’m retired…and I fucked it up.”

Apparently he was scheduled for surgery monday afternoon to have some toes amputated due to complications with his diabetes. His sisters were supposed to pick him up and take him to the hospital. He is 61 years old.

Only minutes into the brief 911 conversation police burst into the house and told Bargen not to move and to keep his hands up. Authorities asked if there were any other guns in the apartment, then the call was ended. He is currently in critical condition in a nearby Cincinnati hospital.

TMZ has provided this video of the 911 phone call:

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Twitter reaction to incident:

  • whocares

    I am very sad this for great actor- Hes a very funny man,I hope he makes a full recovery on this, and that he has a good support system with his family and faith.

  • http://www.tedsutton.com/ Ted Sutton

    This is a story about a very talented actor. I worked for 2 weeks with Daniel on G.I. Jane in 1994. We were both New York actors. He played tough guys, but he was a generous gentle man who was admired by all who worked with him. And a fun guy to be around when the day’s work was done.

    He was a rock on the set. Always prepared, and always brought his A game. Two of my favorite roles of his were in The Postman, and Brother Where Art Thou? He was really good at it, and he made it look so easy. You never saw him acting. He was always absolutely real.

    He moved to Los Angeles 5 years before I did. I had hoped to run into him at auditions, but I never did. He is an outstanding actor. So much good work in movies & TV. Check him out on IMDB. Very impressive.

    I understand, old friend. They took one leg, and they were going to cut the toes off the other. You have no children, and you were living a difficult life. You were tired of it Daniel. I understand.

    God speed. Know that you are well loved, and that those who love you will never try to judge your pain. We will look for you when you are feeling better. Rest now, Daniel.

    Your G.I. Jane friend,

    Ted Sutton
    Los Angeles

  • Cheryl

    Loss of life whether intentional oraccidential is sad with all the advances in society hopelessness has increased along with technology people forget the simplicity of hope that is found in accepting loving and worshiping God who created all things America needs to get back to the basics of life sad this actor could not find peace in the Lord God of the Heavens and the earth