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Bruno Kirby
The Super cast 1972.JPG
Kirby (standing at right) in The Super, 1972
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.
Other names Bruce Kirby, Jr.
B. Kirby, Jr.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1971-2006

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.

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. 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[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

External links[edit]

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:00:00 -0700

From the moment Greg Kot and I launched our regular “Sound Opinions at the Movies” series at the Music Box Theatre, we've never been at a loss for great rock films we'd like to show. But the movie topping the list from the start has been This Is Spinal ...


Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:56:11 -0700

At one point, Harry and Sally decide to set each other up with their best friends, Jess (played by Bruno Kirby) and Marie (Carrie Fisher). However, Jess and Marie are more into each other than they are into Harry and Sally. Eventually, they get married.
Chicago Tribune
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:22:07 -0700

Bruno Kirby as the limo driver (“f------ limeys”); Fran Drescher's glossy publicist; “WKRP in Cincinnati's” Howard Hesseman (with the ultimate kiss-off: “Listen, we'd love to stand around and chat but we've got to sit down in the lobby and wait for the ...

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0700

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The Wire
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:41:15 -0700

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New York Post
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0700

Santora, 71, who inspired the character played by the late Bruno Kirby in the 1997 film “Donnie Brasco,” didn't like the deal, said his defense lawyer Michael Alber. “There's absolutely no way he's taking that disposition. He's not involved in ...
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:18:45 -0700

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Sun, 29 Jun 2014 06:20:29 -0700

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