Character Actor Bruno Kirby Dies

From AP: Bruno Kirby, the veteran character actor who co-starred in When Harry Met Sally and City Slickers has died at age 57 in Los Angeles from complications related to leukemia, according to a statement today 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.”

Born Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu Jr. in New York City, his first movie was The Harrad Experiment. My favorite Bruno performance was the 1977 film Between the Lines directed by Joan Macklin Silver about the behind-the-scenes of an underground newspaper in Boston. Kirby’s other major film credits included This Is Spinal Tap, Tin Men, The Freshman, Good Morning, Vietnam, The Godfather: Part II and Donnie Brasco. More recently, he played Phil Rubenstein on the HBO series Entourage.

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