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||Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu, Jr.
April 28, 1949
New York City, New York, U.S.
||August 14, 2006
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. Bruno 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.
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...
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 ...
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...
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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 ...
When Harry Met Sally... | "The Wagon Wheel Coffee Table"
Scene from WHEN HARRY MET SALLY... (1989) starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Bruno Kirby and Carrie Fisher.
Donnie Brasco (5/8) Movie CLIP - Ambush and Overthrow (1997) HD
Donnie Brasco Movie Clip - watch all clips http://j.mp/WCOOqn click to subscribe http://j.mp/sNDUs5 Sonny (Michael Madsen) and Lefty (Al Pacino) ambush and o...
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 ...
Amr (D3) vs. Bruno (Kirby) R2
MoJoe's - 01/10/09.
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 12:27:16 -0700
There's terrific guest roles from Steve Buscemi and Bruno Kirby, among others. And there's a dark, cynical comedy that runs through the show, too. A few of our detectives go in on buying a pub together in season three, and when the woman from the bank ...
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 21:30:00 -0700
So I encourage all mature viewers to avail themselves of this wonderful opportunity — no matter how long overdue it may be — to witness Marlon Brando, John Cazale, Jimmy Caan, Talia Shire, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Bruno Kirby, Robert ...
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 08:13:40 -0700
But Murray's controlled mania and performance-impression of Thompson shows how good an actor Murray would become, and he had great chemistry with Boyle (who relishes the role of Lazlo), René Auberjonois, and Bruno Kirby in this adaptation of an ...
Bay Area Reporter
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 18:52:30 -0700
... finds Williams improvising saucy one-liners to GIs' delight, while infuriating a by-the-books officer (scary-good J.T. Walsh). Supported by a sublime ensemble led by Forest Whitaker, with Bruno Kirby as an unctuous junior officer. Homo subtext pops ...
Reel Life With Jane
Reel Life With Jane
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:12:16 -0700
Also stars Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana, Bruno Kirby and Robert Wuhl. Guess Who (2005). Ashton Kutcher stars in this remake of the 1967 classic “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?” But the tables are turned this time around, as he ...
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:36:53 -0700
Allan and his girlfriend Nicole reprise the roles played by Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby in When Harry Met Sally, becoming the relationship stalwarts as Wallace and Chantry flounder about, awash in their emotions. Radcliffe has adequately shaken off ...
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:45:00 -0700
Die Darsteller Noble Willingham, J.T. Walsh und Bruno Kirby, die seine drei Vorgesetzten im Film spielen, verstarben ebenfalls viel zu früh. Dies verleiht unserem TV-Tipp zusätzlich einen traurigen Beigeschmack. Dennoch solltet ihr euch ihn nicht ...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:46:03 -0700
Lefty, éternel second couteau, est flatté du respect que lui montre Donnie et le prend sous sa protection, l'initiant aux rites complexes du milieu et le présentant à ses complices, Sonny (Michael Madsen), Nicky (Bruno Kirby) et Paulie (James Russo ...
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