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Cause of death  leukemia
Role  Film actor
Name  Bruno Kirby

Years active  1971-2006
Occupation  Actor
Siblings  John Kirby
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Full Name  Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu, Jr.
Born  April 28, 1949 (1949-04-28) New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names  Bruce Kirby, Jr.B. Kirby, Jr.
Died  August 14, 2006, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse  Lynn Sellers (m. 2003–2006)
Parents  Lucille Garibaldi, Bruce Kirby
Movies  When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, Good Morning - Vietnam, Donnie Brasco, The Godfather Part II
Similar People  Bruce Kirby, Lynn Sellers, J T Walsh, Billy Crystal, Adrian Cronauer

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Bruno Kirby (born 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.


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Early life

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Kirby was born Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu, Jr. in New York City, New York on April 28, 1949. His father is Bruce Kirby (born Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu). His brother John Kirby is a notable acting coach.

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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*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 displayed his talents 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 and 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 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. Also appeared in Hoffa (uncredited) as a nightclub comic in 1992. In the last decade of his life, Kirby had success in 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

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. Kirby was invited to be a member of the Actors Studio in 2006, less than six months before his passing.

Kirby married Lynn Sellers on September 29, 2003.


On August 14, 2006, Kirby died from complications related to leukemia at the age of 57. According to the Associated Press and other news reports, his widow stated that he had only recently been diagnosed with the disease.


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