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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.


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.


Awards and nominations[edit]

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


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

External links[edit]

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A.V. Club Denver/Boulder

A.V. Club Denver/Boulder
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 22:02:52 -0700

Fortunately, I had a dear friend by the name of Bruno Kirby, and Bruno was an actor who truly prepared. He was a wonderful actor, as I'm sure you know, and he did lots of great movies—The Godfather Part II, lots of wonderful Barry Levinson movies ...


Thu, 24 Sep 2015 08:33:25 -0700

There's magic between the two actors, and Depp's strong performance brings dimension to Pistone, who is constantly juggling his family and “the” family, at times blurring the lines between the two. Bruno Kirby, Anne Heche, Paul Giamatti and a profound ...


Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:20:51 -0700

But before they do, they want Harry, Sally, and their best friends Jess and Marie (Bruno Kirby and Carrie Fisher) to delve into the thorny real-life issues of adult relationships. As a result, Harry and Sally must undergo various trials, including ...

Gazeta Wyborcza

Gazeta Wyborcza
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 01:37:30 -0700

Co zobaczymy dziś w TV? Nasze propozycje na czwartek 8 października. Do wyboru, do koloru: miniserial wyśmiewający Hollywood, pastisz "Spider-Mana", eliminacje Mistrzostw Europy, nowy sezon "American Horror Story", "Przerwane objęcia" Almodóvara ...


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 ...

La Stampa

La Stampa
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:41:15 -0700

Retequattro. Appuntamento alle 21,15 con «John Rambo», quarto e ultimo capitolo della saga cinematografica cominciata nel 1982 con «Rambo» sulla base dell'ormai celebre personaggio creato da David Morrell. Girato nel 2008, il film vede l'ex marine ...
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 ...


Wed, 07 Oct 2015 23:34:33 -0700

Bill Murray, Peter Boyle, Bruno Kirby, Rene Auberjonois (95 min) Oparty na książce Huntera S. Thompsona pt. "The Banshee Screams for Buffalo Meat and Strange Rumblings in Aztlan", której nie znam. Autor znany jest również jako Dr Gonzo i był bardzo ...

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