By Eliana Dockterman
March 4, 2015

Daniel von Bargen, a character actor who played dozens of roles in movies and on television, including the lazy boss Mr. Kreger on Seinfeld, has died. He was 64, and his death was confirmed by his friend, actor Bob Colonna.

Von Bargen passed away Sunday after a long illness, Cincinnati TV station reports.

The character actor starred as Commandant Edwin Spangler on Malcolm in the Middle, as well as Mr. Kruger, George Costanza’s lazy boss, on season nine of Seinfeld. He also played a Southern cop chasing down George Clooney’s character in the Coen brothers’ film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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