Bruno Kirby (born Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu Jr.; April 28, 1949 – August 14, 2006) was an American actor, singer, voice artist, chef, and comedian. He was known for his roles in City Slickers, When Harry Met Sally…, Good Morning, Vietnam, The Godfather Part II, and Donnie Brasco. He voiced Reginald Stout in Stuart Little.
The Young Graduates (1971) – Les
The Harrad Experiment (1973) – Harry Schacht
Superdad (1973) – Stanley
Cinderella Liberty (1973) – Alcott
The Godfather Part II (1974) – Young Clemenza
Baby Blue Marine (1976) – Pop Mosley
Between the Lines (1977) – David Entwhistle
Almost Summer (1978) – Bobby DeVito
Ahol a bölény dübörög – Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) – Marty Lewis
Borderline (1980) – Jimmy Fante
Modern Romance (1981) – Jay
Million Dollar Infield (1982) – Lou Buonomato
Kiss My Grits (1982) – Flash
Hill Street Blues (1983) – Louis
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) – Tommy Pischedda
Birdy (1984) – Renaldi
Flesh and Blood (1985) – Orbec
Tin Men (1987) – Mouse
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) – Lt. Steven Hauk
Bert Rigby, You’re a Fool (1989) – Kyle DeForest
When Harry Met Sally… (1989) – Jess
We’re No Angels (1989) – Deputy
The Freshman (1990) – Victor Ray
City Slickers (1991) – Ed Furillo
Mastergate (1992) – Abel Lamb
Hoffa (1992) – Nightclub Comic (uncredited)
Fallen Angels – Vol. 2 (1993) – Tony Reseck
Golden Gate (1993) – Agent Ron Pirelli
Egy kosaras naplója – The Basketball Diaries (1995) – Swifty
Sleepers (1996) – Shakes’ Father
Donnie Brasco (1997) – Nicky
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1999) – The Great One (voice)
A Slipping-Down Life (1999) – Kiddie Acres Manager
Spy Games (1999) – Max Fisher
Stuart Little (1999) – Mr. Reginald Stout (voice)
American Tragedy (2000) – Barry Scheck
One Eyed King (2001) – Mickey
Helter Skelter (2004) – Vincent Bugliosi
Played (2006) – Detective Allen
Awards and nominations
Year Result Award Category Film or series
1992 Nominated American Comedy Awards Funniest Supporting Actor City Slickers
Kirby was born Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu Jr. in New York City on April 28, 1949. His father is Bruce Kirby (born Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu). His brother John Kirby is an 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 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, portraying the character Boone (he has no lines). He also appeared in the 1974 Columbo episode “By Dawn’s Early Light,” alongside his father Bruce Kirby and in the season 2 episode “Seance” of Emergency!, where he was credited as “B. Kirby Jr.”
Described by Leonard Maltin as the “quintessential New Yorker or cranky straight man”, Kirby appeared in a series of comedies, typically playing fast-talking, belligerent, yet likable, 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 appeared with Billy Crystal 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 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 Stuart Little and was increasingly working in 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.
Kirby appeared on the HBO TV series Entourage – Season 3, episode 4 – “Guys and Doll”. He portrayed the movie mogul Phil Rubinstein.
Kirby, similar to 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 (part of the reason he declined to return for City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold) . Kirby was invited to be a member of the Actors Studio in 2006, less than six months before his death.
Kirby married Lynn Sellers on September 29, 2003.
He died August 14, 2006, from complications related to leukemia at the age of 57.
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