Seinfeld actor shoots himself

2012-02-23 10:51

Cincinnati - Character actor Daniel von Bargen, who has appeared in dozens of movies and television shows including Seinfeld and Malcolm in the Middle, was hospitalied after shooting himself in the head at his Cincinnati-area condominium, authorities said on Wednesday.

Von Bargen, 61, told a Cincinnati-area emergency dispatcher on Monday that he had shot himself in the temple with a .38-caliber pistol at his home and could not open his left eye.

"I shot myself in the head and I need help," von Bargen told the emergency dispatcher in a call from his home in Montgomery, Ohio, northeast of Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati-born actor told the dispatcher he was diabetic and had a scheduled hospital appointment later on Monday where at least a few toes could be amputated. He said he was lying on a bed with his head propped on a pillow.

"I was supposed to go to the hospital today and I didn't want to," von Bargen said.

Very cooperative

Police officers responding to the emergency call could be heard telling von Bargen to keep his hands visible and asking him if there was another handgun in the apartment. Police described him later as very cooperative.

Von Bargen was taken to Bethesda North Hospital, part of TriHealth, where he was stabilised and transported by helicopter to University Hospital, TriHealth spokesperson Joe Kelley said.

Von Bargen's condition on Wednesday was not immediately clear. A University Hospital spokesperson said they had no patient by that name.

Attempts to reach a representative of the actor or his relatives were unsuccessful on Wednesday.

Listen to Daniel von Bargen's emergency call here:


  • rickvcooper - 2012-02-23 11:41

    That is very sad - I hope he recovers and gets help to get his life back on track. Life is too short when the going is good.

  • Charmaine - 2012-02-23 13:08

    Sad, these things happen to humans all the time. I pray that he gets well and gets back to God. Amen.

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