Bruce Kirby

As unsung character actors go, Bruce Kirby has 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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/24/1928

Filmography

Actor (57)

2:22 2010 (Movie)

Norman Penn (Actor)

Crash 2005 (Movie)

Pop Ryan (Actor)

Blood Money 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Chicago Hope 1986 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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L.A. Law 1986 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Players 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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In the Heat of the Night 1986 - 1987, 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Reasonable Doubts 1986 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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The Single Guy 1993 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Blue Skies 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Cottonwood 1995 (Movie)

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Madman of the People 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Rave Review 1995 (Movie)

Milton Mandler (Actor)

Dave's World 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

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Mr. Wonderful 1993 (Movie)

Dante (Actor)

Anything But Love 1988 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Joey Takes a Cab 1991 (Movie)

Vinnie (Actor)

Agenda For Murder 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Bad Jim 1989 (Movie)

Bank Customer (Actor)

The Big Picture 1989 (Movie)

Businessman (Actor)

Frank Nitti: The Enforcer 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Lady in White 1988 (Movie)

Cabbie (Actor)

Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Throw Momma From the Train 1987 (Movie)

Detective DeBenedetto (Actor)

Stand By Me 1986 (Movie)

Mr Quidacioluo (Actor)

Sweet Dreams 1985 (Movie)

Arthur Godfrey (Actor)

Branagan and Mapes 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Lovers and Other Strangers 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Barney Miller 1974 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Shannon 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

Gate Guard (Actor)

Turnabout 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Holmes and Yoyo 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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America, You're On 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Baby Blue Marine 1976 (Movie)

Pop Mosley (Actor)

Conspiracy of Terror 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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The Commitment 1976 (Movie)

Simon Benson (Actor)

The Doris Day Show 1968 - 1973 (TV Show)

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J.W. Coop 1972 (Movie)

Diesel Driver (Actor)

Thief 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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How to Frame a Figg 1971 (Movie)

Dale Groat (Actor)

The Other Man 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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Car 54, Where Are You? 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

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The Phil Silvers Show 1955 - 1959 (TV Show)

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All She Ever Wanted (TV Show)

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Bless This House (TV Show)

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Bowzer (TV Show)

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Columbo: Strange Bedfellows (TV Show)

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Getting Up and Going Home (TV Show)

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Man on the Outside (TV Show)

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The Marcus-Nelson Murders (TV Show)

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Which Mother Is Mine? (TV Show)

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Biography

As unsung character actors go, Bruce Kirby has 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 survives 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".

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