Character Actor Bruno Kirby, Dead at 57

You'd immediately recognize the face (and the voice) from movies like "City Slickers," "Good Morning Vietnam," and "When Harry Met Sally," but you might not remember the guy's name. (Good character actors are like that.) The man's name was Bruno Kirby, and we're sad to say that he passed away last night at the age of 57.

From Yahoo! News: "Kirby died Monday in Los Angeles from complications related to leukemia, according to a statement from his wife, Lynn Sellers. He had recently been diagnosed with the disease.

"We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from Bruno's fans and colleagues who have admired and respected his work over the past 30 years," his wife said. "Bruno's spirit will continue to live on not only in his rich body of film and television work but also through the lives of individuals he has touched throughout his life."


Although best remembered for the three movies mentioned above, Mr. Kirby's filmography is an impressive one indeed. He did some very fine work in movies like "Tin Men," "The Freshman," "Sleepers," "Donnie Brasco," "The Basketball Diaries," and "We're No Angels." Plus the guy also popped up in "The Godfather Part 2" and "This is Spinal Tap." So obviously he's an old pal to many a movie-watcher, and he will definitely be missed.



Andrew O'Neill

God bless Bruny Kirby.

Aug 16 - 07:04 AM

Now it's dark

Kirby K

[b]Too bad[/b]
One of the best character actors around.

Aug 16 - 08:52 AM


Bernardo Guzman

"excuse me- but are you reading 'yes i can' by sammy davis junior?"
have you gotten to the part where he's comin out of the copa-?

rest in peace

Aug 16 - 09:42 AM


Steven Allen

Rest in peace are good.

Aug 16 - 10:09 AM


Dan Mills

Had some great bit parts - you could always count on him to be funny.

Aug 16 - 10:37 AM


Ryan Kolar

[b]No doubt[/b]
The 6th time I watched The Godfater Part II, years after seeing The Freshman and City Slickers, I realized it was Bruno Kirby. That's a sure sign of how good he really was.

A gifted man who will be missed.

Aug 16 - 10:38 AM


tony spamone

Kirby the immortal Fat Clamenza to De Niro's Don Vito.

Aug 16 - 04:09 PM


Matt Bible

[b]Bruno Kirby moment......[/b]
From Good Morning Vietnam....."And if you doooooooooooo!!! And if you dooooooooooooo!!!" hehe rip BK

Aug 16 - 01:29 PM


tony spamone

Kirby the immortal Fat Clamenza to De Niro's Don Vito.

Aug 16 - 04:09 PM


Murtaza Nawab

Great actor we'll miss you Bruno Kirby.

Aug 16 - 06:38 PM

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Daniel Klein

[b]coupla favorites[/b]
--Win Lose or Draw Game from When Harry Met Sally

"Shut up. Just Shut Up. I can't take it anymore. Even the COWS can program a VCR now"
--Exasperated response When Billy Crystal is explaining how to program a VCR to Daniel Stern in City Slickers

Bruno, we hardly knew ye

Aug 17 - 06:35 AM

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David Rozycki

[b]I was just wondering about Bruno[/b]
I have not seen him in any movies lately. Great actor, cool name!! He steals a scene in This Is Spinal Tap. Where he disses Tap and pimps for Frank Sinatra. "When you've loved and lost like Frank has you really know what life is all about." R.I.P.

Aug 17 - 05:14 PM

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