Bruce Kirby, the character actor who played many iconic Tv roles including the frequent returns on Columbo and LA Law, passed away on Sunday in Los Angeles. Bruce was 95.
His son John, is an acting coach. He announced the sad news through a Facebook post. The cause of his death was not specified but he said that his father passed away peacefully.
Bruce’s career in TV
Bruce Kirby started his acting career in the 1950s appearing in Golden Age anthology programs such as Goodyear Playhouse and Omnibus. Kirby became a familiar face in the 1960s with roles on various popular Tv shows. He continued his Tv career in the 1970s and ’80s with roles on sitcoms, dramedies, and dramas. He created a niche for himself by playing cops and detectives in various series such a Medical Center, Shannon, Hunter among many others.
Bruce’s career in cinema
Kirby played several roles in the Peter Falk series Columbo, which ran for a long. He was also a recurring character on LA Law as D.A. Bruce Rogoff. Even though he was more into Tv series, he also made appearances in feature films such as the 1971 Don Knotts vehicle How to Frame a Figg, the Patsy Cline biopic which was released in 1985. In 2004, Kirby collaborated with Dillon for one of his most memorable big-screen roles, playing the father of a shady cop. The movie went to win the Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
His family and sons
His son, Bruno Kirby, who died of leukemia in 2006, followed his steps and acted in legendary films like The Godfather, When Harry met Sally, and many others. In his post, John wrote that his father loved acting and he never stopped working. He loved his work and is grateful that his legacy will live on.