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Dom DeLuise

Born: 1933-08-01 - Died: 2009-05-04
Cause of Death:
Unsure at this time

Death Summary: Dom DeLuise died peacefully in his sleep at 6 pm. on May 4, 2009 in a Los Angeles hospital, where he had been suffering from kidney failure and respiratory problems. He was 75.

DeLuise is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol Arthur and their three sons, Michael, Peter and David.

Burt ReynoldsLongtime friend of DeLuise, Burt Reynolds, released the following statement to Entertainment Tonight, "I was thinking the other day about this. As you get older you think about this more and more, I was dreading this moment. Dom always made everyone feel better when he was around. I never heard him say an unkind word about anyone. I will miss him very much".

Who was Dom DeLuise : DeLuise was an actor, comedian, director, producer and chef.

He began his career as a regular performer on the television show The Entertainers in 1964. Around the same time DeLuise appeared on Shari Lewis' show as a bumbling private eye, Kenny Ketcham on NBC TV Saturday mornings.

Later, he was hired by TV producer Greg Garrison to appear periodically on the Dean Martin Show. DeLuise would go on as "Dominick the Great", a magic act gone horribly wrong. Martin would always play the unlucky assistant from the audience. DeLuise became so popular that he became a featured member in songs and sketches. Numerous times Martin would be off screen, but his distinctive laugh could still be heard.

The Cannonball RunHe broke into the mainstream when he co-starred with Burt Reynolds during the 1970s and 1980s, with movies such as The Cannonball Run and Cannonball Run II, Smokey and the Bandit II, The End, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and All Dogs Go to Heaven.

DeLuise is probably best remembered for his roles in the comedic masterpieces of Mel Brooks. Some of the films include Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. One of his more memoralbe roles in a Brooks movie would have to be Pizza the Hutt, a play on Jabba the Hutt from Star Wars... you can see it for yourself in the video below.

In 1980 Anne Bancroft, the late wife of Mel Brooks, directred DeLuise in Fatso. He also had a memorable role in Jim Henson's The Muppet Movie as a Hollywood talent agent who comes across Kermit the Frog signing "The Rainbow Connection" in the films opening scene. DeLuise also lent his voice to Tiger in An American Tail: Fievel Goes West.

Along with his comedic acting, DeLuise also authored several cook books and children's books.
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