A hard-working character actor with a career that has spanned years, he would do anything (look at his resume), which is why it is so wonderful that he appeared in movies that “hit” (so to speak) – like Harry Met Sally or Donnie Brasco or City Slickers – movies where he had a supporting role, but which millions of people saw. Character actors HOPE for such a chance. Bruno Kirby was always good. I loved it when he got cranky. (The wagon-wheel scene in Harry Met Sally is a perfect example.) Somehow, his anger was funny. It’s hard to do. It’s hard to make rage funny – and yet also REAL.
Sad. I’m sad about this one. I have always really liked him.
His work had integrity. Always. You can’t say that about too many people.
BABY FISHMOUTH! BABY FISHMOUTH!
Seriously. How insane is that. How funny is that?? But also: how REAL. Watch him in that scene again. He is really playing that game. It’s so real which is why it is so funny.
This should be a recognizable image below. I was going to post a picture of him carrying the wagon-wheel table out onto the sidewalk (one of my favorites of his scenes) but figured this would be better. As a reminder of just how long he’s been around, and just how good this guy really was.
Rest in peace, Mr. Kirby. You died WAY too soon, man.