Bruno Kirby

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Bruno Kirby
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Kirby in When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu Jr.

(1949-04-28)April 28, 1949
DiedAugust 14, 2006(2006-08-14) (aged 57)
Other namesBruce Kirby Jr.
B. Kirby Jr.
OccupationActor, voice artist, comedian
Years active1971–2006
Lynn Sellers
(m. 2003)
Parent(s)Bruce Kirby (father)

Bruno Kirby (born Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu Jr.; April 28, 1949 – August 14, 2006) was an American actor, singer, voice artist, 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.

Early life[edit]

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

Kirby attended Power Memorial Academy.


Kirby was a popular character actor whose career spanned 35 years. In 1971 he made his screen debut in the drama The Young Graduates, although it was his role three years later as the young Peter Clemenza in epic crime film The Godfather Part II 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)[1] 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.

Personal life and death[edit]

Kirby, similar to his character in This is Spinal Tap, was a fan of Frank Sinatra.[2] He enjoyed playing softball in the late 1970s. He was also strongly 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).[3] 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, and was married to her until his death in 2006.

He died August 14, 2006, from complications related to leukemia, at the age of 57.[4][5] Nearly 15 years after his death, in 2021, his father Bruce Kirby died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Young Graduates Les Credited as B. Kirby Jr.
1973 The Harrad Experiment Harry Schacht
1974 The Godfather Part II Young Peter Clemenza Credited as B. Kirby Jr.
1997 Donnie Brasco Nicky Santora
1999 A Slipping-Down Life Kiddie Acres Manager
1999 Spy Games Max Fisher Alternate title: History Is Made at Night
1999 Stuart Little Reginald "Reggie" Stout (voice)
2001 One Eyed King Mickey
2006 Played Detective Allen Final film appearance


Year Title Role Notes
1969–1973 Room 222 Herbie Constadine 5 episodes
Credited as B. Kirby Jr.
1995 Homicide: Life on the Street Victor Helms Episode: "The Gas Man"
1999 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child The Great One (voice) Episode: "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves"
2000 American Tragedy Barry Scheck Television movie
2004 Helter Skelter Vincent Bugliosi Television movie
2006 Entourage Phil Rubenstein Episode: "Guys and Doll"
Final television appearance

Awards and nominations[edit]

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


  1. ^ Ragusa, Gina (December 27, 2020). "'When Harry Met Sally …': Director Rob Reiner Describes Carrie Fisher's Four-Way Call as a 'Magic Trick'". Showbiz Cheat Sheet. Retrieved August 22, 2021.
  2. ^ Revealed in an interview on Bob Costas' Later show[episode needed]
  3. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.
  4. ^ McLellan, Dennis (August 17, 2006). "Bruno Kirby, 57; Movie, TV and Stage Character Actor". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 22, 2021.
  5. ^ "Bruno Kirby dies at 57". Associated Press. August 16, 2006.
  6. ^ Evans, Greg (January 26, 2021). "Bruce Kirby Dies: 'Columbo' & 'L.A. Law' Actor Was 95". Deadline. Retrieved August 22, 2021.

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