Bruce Kirby, ‘Stand by Me’ Actor, Dead at 95

by Emily Morgan

“Stand by Me” actor Bruce Kirby has passed away at the age of 95.

On Monday, Kirby’s son John confirmed the tragic news via Facebook, accompanying the post with numerous photos of the star.

“My dear brilliant Dad Bruce Kirby passed away peacefully last night at Cedars in Los Angeles at the age of 95,” he wrote.

According to his son, his father devoted his life to his craft and said, “It was very painful for him when he could no longer perform.”

“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.”

Bruce Kirby Remembered For Iconic Roles in Films And Television

Kirby’s son also made sure to acknowledge his role in the film “Crash” as well as television programs such “Columbo,” “L.A. Law,” “The Golden Girls,” and “West Wing.”

Fans will also remember Kirby for playing a guard in 1979’s “The Muppet Movie” and Mr. Quidaciolou in “Stand by Me.”

“He was very proud of his performance as Alfieri in the L.A. production of ‘A View From The Bridge’ and loved using his real Italian name (Bruno Giovanni) in the Program & Press,” his son added.

“The cast included Kim Cattrall & the late Greats: Susan Peretz, Allen Garfield, Carmen Argenziano & Kevin Geer. After Arthur Miller saw him in this, my Dad was led back to Broadway as Miller cast him for the role of BEN in Dustin Hoffman’s ‘Death Of A Salesman,’ an experience my Dad & Roz cherished.”

According to Fox News, the actor’s cause of death is unclear at this time.

In addition to his on-screen role, Kirby was also no stranger to the Broadway stage. Kirby appeared in “Diamond Orchid” on Broadway in 1965. His son also pointed out that he joined the cast of well-known musical productions of “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Gypsy.”

Besides being a phenomenal actor, John said that Kirby was a great father to him and his brother Bruno.

Bruno, who was also an actor, died at 57 in 2006 from leukemia complications.

He concluded by saying, “Thank you Dad for everything you taught me about acting & how to have such a strong work ethic while sharing your love for the arts & the craft of it all. I will miss you & love You always. I’m glad you’re up there with Bruno and so many of our loved ones.”