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Bruce Kirby, veteran character actor and father of Bruno Kirby, dies at 95

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Walt Disney Television by way of Getty Images Bruce Kirby, the veteran character actor most famously identified for his roles in Columbo and L.A. Law, died in Los Angeles on Jan. 24. He was 95.Kirby, whose actor son Bruno Kirby (When Harry Met Sally, The Godfather Part II), died from problems associated to leukemia in 2006, was remembered by his surviving son, John Kirby, on Monday.”My dear brilliant dad Bruce Kirby passed away peacefully last night at Cedars [Hospital] in Los Angeles at the age of 95,” the performing coach shared by way of Facebook. “My heart is heavy but grateful for all the extra blessed years together. My step-mom Roz’s love & devotion was remarkable & a major force in keeping him alive so long.”While the elder Kirby labored on quite a lot of movie, TV, and theater tasks, together with appearances on I Dream of Jeannie, Night Court, The Golden Girls, and Punky Brewster, amongst many others, he was additionally a loyal dad to his two boys who he uncovered to the business at an early age.Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection by way of Getty Images “He was a great father who loved Bruno and me and as a family he made it his business for us to tour in these professional Summer Stock packages something we would all look forward to every summer!” John continued. “Touring in several productions of Bye Bye Birdie with Van Johnson & Gypsy with Jane Morgan. My older brother Bruno even shared his birthdate with our beloved Dad; April 28th. Bruce was also terrific to our step-brother Brad Sullivan and our longtime childhood friend Tony Amatullo.”Kirby, a local New Yorker, started working in Hollywood within the 1950s and steadily labored within the business effectively into the 2000s. Two of his last appearances on the small display screen embody a 2004 episode of The Sopranos as Dr. Russ Fegoli, and an episode of Scrubs three years later the place he portrayed Dr. Bilbray.Related content material:

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