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Bruno Kirby
Born Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu, Jr.
(1949-04-28)April 28, 1949
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died August 14, 2006(2006-08-14) (aged 57)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death leukemia
Other names Bruce Kirby, Jr.
B. Kirby, Jr.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1971-2006
Spouse(s) Lynn Sellers (2003-2006) (his death)

Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu, Jr. (April 28, 1949 – August 14, 2006) was an American film and television actor. He was known for his roles in the Hollywood films City Slickers, When Harry Met Sally..., Good Morning, Vietnam, The Godfather Part II, and Donnie Brasco.

Early life[edit]

Kirby was born Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu, Jr. in New York City, New York. His father is actor Bruce Kirby (born Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu). His brother, John Kirby, is a notable acting coach. Kirby attended Power Memorial Academy.

Career[edit]

Kirby was a popular character actor through the late 1980s and early 1990s. His film debut was in 1971's The Young Graduates. It was his role in The Godfather Part II as the young Peter Clemenza, that raised his profile in Hollywood. In the summer of 1972 Kirby, in one of his early television appearances, portrayed Anthony Girelli, the son of Richard Castellano's character Joe Girelli, in the television situation comedy The Super; Castellano had played the older Pete Clemenza in The Godfather.

Other television appearances include Room 222, and the pilot episode of M*A*S*H, playing the character Boone (he has no lines). He also appeared in the 1974 Columbo episode "By Dawn's Early Light" alongside father Bruce Kirby and in the season 2 episode "Seance" of Emergency!, where he was credited as "B. Kirby, Jr.".

Described by film critic Leonard Maltin as "the quintessential New Yorker or cranky straight man", Kirby displayed his talents in a series of comedies, typically playing fast-talking, belligerent, yet likeable characters. His best-known roles include a colleague of Albert Brooks' film editor in Modern Romance; a talkative limo driver in This Is Spinal Tap; the jealous, comedically impaired Lt. Hauk in Good Morning, Vietnam; and a shifty assistant to Marlon Brando—a parody of his Godfather role—in The Freshman. Kirby balanced comedies with dramatic roles like Donnie Brasco as a double dealing mobster.

Kirby and comedian Billy Crystal made a popular screen team in When Harry Met Sally... (1989) and City Slickers (1991). Both featured Kirby's character as the opinionated best friend to Crystal's character. Kirby refused to sign on for the sequel City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold unless script changes were made, and was subsequently replaced by Jon Lovitz.

In 1991, Kirby made his Broadway debut when he replaced Kevin Spacey in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers. In the last decade of his life, Kirby had success in the animated film Stuart Little, and was increasingly working on television. He starred as Barry Scheck in a 2000 CBS drama American Tragedy, played a paroled convict in a season three episode of Homicide: Life on the Street, and also directed an episode of that show.

Personal life and death[edit]

Kirby married actress Lynn Sellers on September 29, 2003. Kirby died on August 14, 2006, from complications related to leukemia. According to the Associated Press and other news reports, his widow stated that he had only recently been diagnosed with the disease.

Kirby, like his character in This Is Spinal Tap, was a fan of Frank Sinatra.[1] He enjoyed playing softball in the late 1970s. He was also very allergic to horses, and needed daily allergy shots on the set of City Slickers. In 2006, less than six months before his death, Kirby was invited to be a member of Actors Studio.

Filmography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Result Award Category Film or series
1992 Nominated American Comedy Awards Funniest Supporting Actor City Slickers

References[edit]

  1. ^ Revealed in an interview on Bob Costas' Later show[episode needed]

External links[edit]


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New York Post

New York Post
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Washington Post

Washington Post
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 07:02:39 -0800

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:14:59 -0800

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Mon, 18 Jan 2016 23:07:30 -0800

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Examiner.com

Examiner.com
Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:15:02 -0800

But he also makes enemies in Lt. Hauk (played by Bruno Kirby) and Sgt. Major Dickerson (played by J.T. Walsh), who prefer more conspicuously patriotic programming and work hard to get him off the air. While in Saigon, he becomes enchanted by a local ...
 
Legacy.com
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:46:53 -0700

Bruno Kirby was rarely the star, but that didn't make him any less memorable. As a character actor, he was brilliant – "the quintessential New Yorker or cranky straight man," according to film critic Leonard Maltin. And when he was elevated to the role ...
 
Washington Post
Wed, 16 Aug 2006 20:48:22 -0700

Few of us knew what to expect of this Bruno Kirby fellow. By the end of the night, after much carousing, he was just "Bruno," and it was hard to remember that he hadn't always been everyone's great pal. He had the gift of becoming your old friend ...
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