Bruno Kirby

Actor, Director, Songwriter
With his distinctively high-pitched, raspy voice and often agitated performances, Bruno Kirby was one of the most instantly recognizable character actors in film and on television. He broke into TV with a recurring role ... Read more »
Born: 04/28/1949 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

Entourage 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Played 2005 (Movie)

Detective Allen (Actor)

A Slipping Down Life 2004 (Movie)

Kiddie Arcades Manager (Actor)

Helter Skelter 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

One Eyed Kings 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

American Tragedy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Bobby Darin: I Want to Be a Legend 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Looking for an Echo 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Spy Games 2000 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Stuart Little 1999 (Movie)

of Mr Stout (Voice)

Donnie Brasco 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1992 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Larry Sanders Show 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Donnie Brasco 1997 (Movie)

Nicky (Actor)

Sleepers 1996 (Movie)

Shakes' Father (Actor)

The Basketball Diaries 1995 (Movie)

Swifty (Actor)

Golden Gate 1994 (Movie)

Ron Pirelli (Actor)

Mastergate 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

City Slickers 1991 (Movie)

Ed Furillo (Actor)

The Trap 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Freshman 1990 (Movie)

Victor Ray (Actor)

Bert Rigby, You're a Fool 1989 (Movie)

Kyle DeForest (Actor)

We're No Angels 1989 (Movie)

Deputy (Actor)

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

Jess (Actor)

The In Crowd 1988 (Movie)

Norris (Actor)

Good Morning, Vietnam 1987 (Movie)

Lieutenant Steven Hauk (Actor)

Tin Men 1987 (Movie)

Mouse (Actor)

Buchanan H.S. 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Flesh + Blood 1985 (Movie)

Orbec (Actor)

Birdy 1984 (Movie)

Renaldi (Actor)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

Tommy Pischedda (Actor)

Run, Don't Walk 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Modern Romance 1981 (Movie)

Jay (Actor)

Borderline 1980 (Movie)

Jimmy Fante (Actor)

Where the Buffalo Roam 1980 (Movie)

Marty Lewis (Actor)

Almost Summer 1978 (Movie)

Bobby DeVito (Actor)

Between the Lines 1977 (Movie)

David Entwhistle (Actor)

Superdad 1974 (Movie)

Stanley (Actor)

The Godfather, Part II 1974 (Movie)

Young Clemenza (Actor)

Cinderella Liberty 1973 (Movie)

Alcott (Actor)

The Harrad Experiment 1972 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

The Super 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

A Summer Without Boys (TV Show)

Actor

All My Darling Daughters (TV Show)

Actor

Million Dollar Infield (TV Show)

Actor

Some Kind of Miracle (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

The Beat 1992 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

With his distinctively high-pitched, raspy voice and often agitated performances, Bruno Kirby was one of the most instantly recognizable character actors in film and on television. He broke into TV with a recurring role on the comedy drama "Room 222" (ABC, 1969-1974), and began working in film with small parts in efforts like "Cinderella Liberty" (1973), before gaining wide exposure in Francis Ford Coppola's Academy Award-winning sequel to his Mafia family epic, "The Godfather, Part II" (1974). Kirby enjoyed diverse, if sometimes brief, portrayals in the features "Where The Buffalo Roam" (1980), "This is Spinal Tap" (1984), and "Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987). It was, however, for two separate roles - in each of which he played Billy Crystal's best friend - that Kirby would be most remembered: in the oft-quoted romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally" (1989), followed by "City Slickers" (1991). He continued to work extensively, returning to the mob in such projects as "Donnie Brasco" (1997), and as a high-profile defense attorney in the made-for-TV movie "American Tragedy" (CBS, 2000), before succumbing to the effects of leukemia in 2006. Kirby's highly regarded career served as the perfect reverse illustration to the age-old theater axiom that there are no small roles, only small actors. By all accounts, Kirby never gave a small performance in his regrettably brief life.

Relationships

Jennifer Jason Leigh Actor

Companion
no longer together

Bruce Kirby

Father

John Kirby Acting Coach

Brother

Roz Kirby

Step-Mother

Lynn Sellers Actor

Wife
married in 2004

EDUCATION

studied acting with Stella Adler and with Peggy Feury at the Loft Studio in Los Angeles

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles, California

Milestones

2006

Played Phil Rubenstein on an episode of the HBO series "Entourage"

2000

Started as Barry Scheck in the CBS TV movie, "American Tradgey" about the O.J. Simpson case

1997

Starred as writer Alan Zweibel in Zweibel's off-Broadway production "Bunny Bunny," about his friendship with comedian Gilda Radner

1996

Played a mobster in "Donnie Brasco"

1995

Guest-starred on NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street"; also made directing debut with an episode that same year

1995

Played abusive husband/father in "Sleepers"

1991

Co-starred with Billy Crystal in "City Slickers"

1991

Made Broadway debut, "Lost in Yonkers" (replaced Kevin Spacey)

1990

Had key comic role in "The Freshman"

1989

Played Billy Crystal's pal in "When Harry Met Sally..."

1974

Portrayed Young Clemenza in "The Godfather Part II"

1973

Had first lead role in a feature film with "The Harrad Experiment"

1972

Made TV series debut as Richard Castellano's son in "The Super"

1972

TV-movie debut, "All My Darling Daughters"

1968

Had early TV work on episode of "Room 222"

1967

Family moved to California

Went to Actors Studio classes taught by Lee Strasberg with father when a child

Bonus Trivia

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Kirby was slated to co-star in "City Slickers II", but a falling out with producer-star Billy Crystal led to his role being rewritten for Jon Lovitz. The details of the feud between Crytal and Kirby, formerly close friends, have never been spelled out, but Kirby was quoted in the press at the time lashing out in unspecified terms at the treatment he had received by Crystal.

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Of Sicilian descent, Kirby bluffed his actual knowledge of the Italian dialect when he went for his audition for "The Godfather, Part II", using a few words supplied to him by his actor-father, Bruce Kirby.

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