'City Slickers' Actor Kirby Dies


Bruno Kirby, who's most recognizable for playing the best friend in the Billy Crystal comedies "When Harry Met Sally ..." and "City Slickers," has died from complications related to leukemia. He was 57.

The actor died Monday, Aug. 14 in Los Angeles, according to news sources. He was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

"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," says his wife Lynn Sellers in a statement. "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."

Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu was born in New York City in 1949 and is the son of actor Bruce Kirby.

Bruno Kirby's extensive movie resume includes playing young Pete Clemenza in "The Godfather: Part II," the cabbie in "This Is Spinal Tap," 2nd Lt. Steven Hauk in the Robin Williams vehicle "Good Morning, Vietnam," "The Basketball Diaries," "Sleepers," "Donnie Brasco" and "Stuart Little."

He's best known for playing Crystal's average Joe best friend in "City Slickers" and "When Harry Met Sally ..." in which he romances Carrie Fisher.

Kirby also had success on the small screen, appearing in a number of TV movies and miniseries, including "The Godfather Saga," "American Tragedy" and "Helter Skelter," in which he played Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted the Manson clan and wrote the best-selling book on which the movie is based.

He also appeared on "M*A*S*H," "Room 22," "Kojak," "Fame," "Frasier," "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Mad About You" and a recent episode of HBO's "Entourage."

Kirby is survived by his wife, stepmother, brother and stepbrother.

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