Of course, the little boy said “Yes,” and so the father bundled up his son and took him to a midnight screening in a movie palace, the likes of which New York once teemed with. A few years later when my son was born, thinking of Bruce and Bruno Kirby, one of the first of many nicknames I gave him was “Buddy.”
I’m a huge movie buff (more than a fan, something less than a scholar), and your “In Appreciation” piece about Bruno Kirby was beautifully written. In many ways, this is a tribute not just to Kirby, but to all the characters actors the public knows by face, even voice, but not the name. A fine, fine job. Thank you.
|Born||April 28, 1949 |
|Died||August 14, 2006 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|First||The Godfather Part II|
|Portrayed||Young Peter Clemenza|
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SIMON: Bruno Kirby died on Monday, three weeks after he was diagnosed with leukemia. He was 57. His brother John told the Washington Post, there was nothing ever calculated about his comedy and yet it was so genuinely human and funny. He would reveal his guts in his drama and yet you loved him and he broke your heart with it.