Costume designer Richard Bruno, who designed costumes for films including “Heaven Can Wait,” “Raging Bull,” “The Color of Money” and “Goodfellas,” died Jan. 11 in Port Townsend, Wash., from kidney failure. He was 87.
Bruno won a BAFTA Film Award in 1990 for his work on “Goodfellas.”
“Richard Bruno was a remarkably gifted designer especially in designing costumes for male characters,” said Mary Rose, president of the board for the Costume Designers Guild. “Always a professional, he was well respected by the industry and will be greatly missed by all of us.”
Bruno proved influential with the men’s deep-collared, steep-pointed shirts that he had designed for “Goodfellas,” starting a trend in U.S. cities in the early 1990s. He worked on numerous films with actor Robert De Niro and director Martin Scorsese: He was the men’s costumer on “New York, New York” (1977) and costume designer (with John Boxer) on “Raging Bull” (1980), “The King of Comedy” (1983), “The
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Color of Money” (1986) and “Goodfellas” (1990). He also oversaw De Niro’s wardrobe for “The Untouchables” (1987) and was costume designer on De Niro starrers “Guilty by Suspicion” and “Night and the City.”
Though “Goodfellas” was set in the 1960s and ’70s, Bruno consciously designed the mob attire to echo that of an earlier period, with collars that hide the top part of tie; a tab added to the double-lock collar to line up the steep collar points; and a style of criss-crossing the tie at the midpoint and tucking it into the belt.
Bruno began his career in the 1950s at American International Pictures and earned his first costume designer credit on 1965’s “Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine.” Early ’70s work included “Chinatown” and “The Way We Were.”
Other popular films on which Bruno was costume designer include “Ice Castles,” “Stripes” and “The Karate Kid.” He also worked on three starring Steven Seagal: “Out for Justice,” “Under Siege” and “Under Siege 2.”
In 1997 he was costume designer on the period gangster film “Hoodlum.” Bruno retired in the late 1990s.
Survivors include two daughters, three grandchildren and one great grandson.
Donations may be made to the ASPCA.