Wednesday, August 16, 2006

We've Loved And Lost Bruno Kirby

Your humble Felt Up blogette is very sad to report that one of her favorite actors, Bruno Kirby, has passed away. From the Associated Press:
Bruno Kirby, a veteran character actor known for playing the best friend in two of Billy Crystal's biggest comedies, "When Harry Met Sally" and "City Slickers," has died. He was 57.

Kirby died Monday in Los Angeles from complications related to leukemia, his wife Lynn Sellers said in a statement Tuesday. He had been recently diagnosed with the disease.

Although all the obits mainly mention his work in "City Slickers" and "When Harry Met Sally," I will always love him best in "The Godfather, Part 2" as the young "Fat" Clemenza--especially the scene where he and Robert DeNiro steal the rug--and also for his role as the Frank Sinatra-loving limo driver in "This Is Spinal Tap."

He was always memorable in everything he did--from "Where The Buffalo Roam" (starring Bill Murray as Hunter S. Thompson) to Barry Levinson's "Tin Men" to his role as Marlon Brando's nephew in "The Freshman," and even the incredibly creepy pedophile basketball coach in "The Basketball Diaries." He was the character actor's character actor, and he shall be missed.

"You know, it's just that people like know...they get all they want so they don't really understand, you know...about a life like Frank's, I mean, you know when you've loved and lost the way Frank has, then you know what life's about."

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