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      Bruce Kirby

      Bruce Kirby

      Highest Rated: 64% Throw Momma From the Train (1987)

      Lowest Rated: 10% Armed and Dangerous (1986)

      Birthday: Apr 24, 1928

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      As unsung character actors go, Bruce Kirby had a long and lush career, and, though he was frequently typecast as a detective or some other authoritarian figure, he managed to perform in a diversity of genres. Kirby worked in television since the early days, including two episodes of "The Phil Silvers Show" in the mid-1950s, and has continued acting on into the 20th century, appearing in an episode of "Scrubs" in 2007. His extended stint as one of the few recurring actors on the beloved detective series "Columbo" embodies his longevity: his appearances on the show spanned from the early 1970s to the mid-1990s. His most prolific television run has been, not surprisingly, as a district attorney in the hit drama "L.A. Law." But Kirby has also appeared in more than a dozen comedies. In film, Kirby made his debut as a doctor in the highly regarded 1970 war comedy "Catch-22." One of the only roles of his that garnered popular attention was as Pop Ryan, the father of Matt Dillon's character, a racist LAPD officer, in the Oscar-winning melodrama "Crash," in 2004. Kirby survived his late son Bruno, who achieved greater recognition than his father as a character actor, most memorably as Billy Crystal's sidekick in "City Slickers" and "When Harry Met Sally." Bruce Kirby died January 24. 2021 at the age of 95.

      Highest rated movies

      Throw Momma From the Train poster Throw Momma From the Train Mr. Wonderful poster
      Mr. Wonderful
      Armed and Dangerous poster
      Armed and Dangerous

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 2:22 Norman Penn (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Bold Affair Walter (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All She Ever Wanted Unknown (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 22% A Different Kind of Christmas Santa (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cottonwood Unknown (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo: Strange Bedfellows Sgt. Phil Brindle (Character) - 1995
      52% 42% Mr. Wonderful Dante (Character) $2.1M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Getting Up and Going Home Unknown (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 40% Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion Det. Lt. Brennan (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 0% Bad Jim Customer (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 27% Nitti: The Enforcer Anton Cermack (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 71% The In Crowd Morris (Character) - 1988
      64% 54% Throw Momma From the Train Detective DeBenedetto (Character) $54.4M 1987
      10% 39% Armed and Dangerous Police Captain (Character) $15.4M 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fyre Father (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo: Make Me a Perfect Murder TV Repairman (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Commitment Unknown (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Man on the Outside Scully (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marcus-Nelson Murders Sergeant Dan McCartney (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Another Nice Mess Unknown (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thief Beffy (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Other Man Dr. Brookner (Character) - 1970

      TV

      Credit
      83% 86% Scrubs Mr. Bilbray (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      92% 96% The Sopranos Dr. Russ Fegoli (Guest Star) 2004
      75% 95% The West Wing Barney Lang (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet 0% Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Players Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1990 1996
      No Score Yet 41% Murphy Brown Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      63% No Score Yet Bless This House Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 75% Columbo TV Repairman (Guest Star) 1975-1976 1978 1990 1995
      No Score Yet 90% The Golden Girls Bill (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ann Jillian Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Anything but Love Leo Miller (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet 0% Punky Brewster Pete 'The Crank' Frank (Guest Star) 1987-1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Chief Edward Stanmore (Guest Star) 1987-1988
      97% 100% Hill Street Blues Jack Donleavy (Guest Star) 1983
      No Score Yet 100% Greatest American Hero Shorty Robinson (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet 100% Barney Miller Frank Rossman (Guest Star) 1978-1979
      No Score Yet 65% Alice Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet 100% The Rockford Files Aaron Friedler (Guest Star) 1975 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet 90% M*A*S*H Sergeant Kimble (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Carl Severn (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chico and the Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet 100% The Bob Newhart Show Dr. Klein (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Col. Broidy (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Me and the Chimp Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doris Day Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Courtship of Eddie's Father Unknown (Guest Star) 1969 1971
      No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1968 1970-1971
      No Score Yet 100% The Mary Tyler Moore Show Bert (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet 100% Hogan's Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 1969-1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 222 Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet 100% I Dream of Jeannie Passenger (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mothers-in-Law Unknown (Guest Star) 1968