Actor Bruce Kirby (Columbo) has died aged 95

“My dear and brilliant father passed away peacefully at Cedars-Sinai Center in Los Angeles last night.” On January 24, Bruce Kirby passed away at the age of 95, announced his son John on his Facebook account. A moving news for the world of the small screen, where the actor illustrated himself during a long career which lasted from 1955 to 2009. Rare recurring character of the series Columbo, he illustrated himself in the role of sergeant George Kramer alongside the famous police inspector played by Peter Falk.

“My heart is heavy but I am grateful for all these years spent together. The love and devotion of my stepmother Roz has helped keep him alive for so long,” said John Kirby in a touching message. accompanied by several photos of the actor. Used to supporting television roles, Bruce Kirby also played the recurring role of District Attorney Bruce Rogoff in the legal soap opera The Law of Los Angeles (LA Law in the original version), which aired from 1986 to 1994. With a career that has spanned lasted from 1955 to 2009, the actor distinguished himself in several other roles in Bonanza, MASH, Kojak, Rick Hunter, Arabesque, Punky Brewster, The Sopranos, Scrubs, or even At the White House.

Bruce Kirby marked by the death of his son in 2006

If Bruce Kirby’s career has been crowned with success and achieved great longevity in the world of television, her personal life was however marked very brutally by the death of her son Bruno in 2006. Actor like his father, the one -ci died of leukemia at the age of 57. A brutal death, from which Bruce Kirby never really recovered, and to which his son John made particular reference in his tribute. “Thank you dad for everything you have taught me about acting and for sharing your sense of ethics while transmitting the passion for your art. I will miss you forever and ever. I am happy nonetheless. so that you can find Bruno and so many of those whom we have loved up there, ”he concluded.

Bruce Kirby © Capture

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