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April 28, 1949
New York City, New York, U.S.
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Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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B. Kirby, Jr.
Bruno Kirby (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.
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.
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. Richard Castellano had appeared in The Godfather (1972) as hefty Pete Clemenza, a prominent member of the Corleone crime family, and Kirby subsequently played a younger version of Clemenza in The Godfather Part II. Coincidentally, in the summer of 1972 Kirby, in one of his early television appearances, portrayed Anthony Girelli, the son of Castellano's character Joe Girelli, in the television situation comedy The Super.
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 strangely 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 U.S. Army officer 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 such as that in 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. However, 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 Homicide: Life on the Street.
Personal life and death
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. 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.
Awards and nominations
Steven Wright & Bruno Kirby Double-Booked: The Larry Sanders Show
In this clip from Season 2 of The Larry Sanders Show, Paula (played by Janeane Garofalo) double-books Steven Wright and Bruno Kirby for the main guest spot, ...
Tom Snyder - Garry Shandling & Bruno Kirby with the Elvis Story
'95 Late Late Show New Years Eve.... I wish somebody would have told me not to have dubbed and redubbed all of my vhs tapes in case I would be sharing them w...
jack palance bruno kirby good morning vietnam bruno kirby city slickers bruno kirby billy crystal bruno kirby swifty.
Helter Skelter Scene 143
A riveting scene between the late Bruno Kirby and Marguerite Moreau, best known for her work in The Mighty Ducks. This was my second edit ever.
Spinal Tap out-take - Tommy, Pizza, and the Tap, late-night.
An extended out-take of Bruno Kirby brilliance. As Tommy Pischedda, Spinal Tap's limo driver, late-night pizza purveyor and stalwart Sinatra supporter, in a ...
Good morning Vietnam first broadcast
via YouTube Capture.
Spinal Tap Uncut - Tommy and Frank
From the Spinal Tap archives.... The scene in which Tommy Pischedda labels the group as "fuckin' Limeys" was originally MUCH longer, largely focusing on his ...
The Freshman (1990) Trailer (Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Bruno Kirby)
Clark Kellogg is a young man starting his first year at film school in New York City. After a small time crook steals all his belongings, Clark meets Carmine...
79th Academy Awards of 2007 "In Memorium" honoring Glenn Ford, June Allyson, Don Knotts, and others.
79th Academy Awards of 2007 "In Memorium" with Jodie Foster honoring Glenn Ford, Bruno Kirby, Alida Valli,Betty Comden,Jane Wyatt, Don Knotts,Red Buttons,Dar...
Film editing with Albert Brooks
a lesson in film editing with Albert Brooks, Bruno Kirby. from the film MODERN ROMANCE I clam Fair Use in posting this clip. I encourge everybody to rent or ...
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Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:33:29 -0800
In The Godfather II, there's a scene where DeNiro and Bruno Kirby are yammering on in Italian about being shaken down, while Corleone's wife dishes out three full bowls of spaghetti. Robert De Niro almost gets chopped nuts with his spaghetti at the ...
Tue, 14 Aug 2012 10:46:08 -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 ...
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 ...
Tue, 15 Aug 2006 18:42:15 -0700
Bruno Kirby LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bruno Kirby, a veteran character actor who costarred in "When Harry Met Sally," "City Slickers" and many other films, has died at age 57, his wife said Tuesday. Kirby died Monday in Los Angeles from complications related ...
Wed, 16 Aug 2006 05:47:08 -0700
Kirby died Monday in Los Angeles from complications related to leukemia, his wife Lynn Sellers said in a statement Tuesday. He had been recently diagnosed with the disease. "We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:03:20 -0700
They weren't able to rope in Bruno Kirby for the thing, but they did bring back Jack Palance even though his character Curly died in the original. This time around, he played Curly's brother Duke. You know a movie is in trouble when they're bringing in ...
Tue, 15 Aug 2006 18:27:57 -0700
Bruno Kirby, 57, an esteemed film and television character actor who often exuded an engaging New York knowingness in roles as a friend, sidekick, lawyer or lawbreaker, died Aug. 14 in Los Angeles. In a statement, his wife, Lynn Sellers, attributed his ...
Wed, 16 Aug 2006 00:22:11 -0700
Bruno Kirby, character actor and cinema funny man, passed away on Monday according to his wife, Lynn Sellers. Most recently fans of the TV series "Entourage" will recognize him as playing Phil Rubenstein from an episode just a couple weeks ago.
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