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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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  1. Marko Cavèn Says:

    Lepaa rauhassa Dom. Olit mainio nayttelija yhdessa Burt Reynoldsin kanssa!

  2. Fan Says:

    Wow i just found out he died…very sad

  3. Aleksandra Says:

    thank you for for your sense of humor, lively personality…for beeing a wonderful and talented comedian:) love from Poland

  4. Eduard Verhoeff from Holland Says:

    damn i did’nt know he passed away..he was one of the greatest comedians..thanks mate..

  5. Hugo Menjivar Says:

    A funny man.RIP

  6. dave Says:

    rest in peace big guy hope your ok in heaven making those angles laff god wanted a perfect angle and you where at the front of the waiting line with that cheesy smile of yours i shead a tear for you

  7. ashley Says:

    i have no idea who u are but u sound cool

  8. James E Playford Says:

    The World as a whole will be the sadder without Dom’s presence, one thing for sure, he’ll keep the Angels laughing. Bless him.

  9. Nelda D. Fairley Says:

    Prayers go out to his family and friends. He will be missed.

  10. Velma Bruchmiller Says:

    i just found out he passed away. so sorry, he was a great actor.he will be missed. god bless his family.

  11. Lynn Lester Says:

    I will always remember him fondly. His humor warmed our hearts. I saw him on television one time dancing and he was very smooth.

  12. nuri Says:

    I feel very sad about Dom´s death, he was a great actor and comedian, as their sons are (Peter reminds me very much Dom). Bless him and his wonderful family

  13. lyndon nichol Says:

    one of gods angles



  15. lisa Says:

    you will be missed

  16. michael coleman Says:

    one of the best comedians ever

  17. michael coleman Says:

    one of the best comedians ever he would make you feel good

  18. Roland Gauthier Says:

    Nessa Dorma Don, May you sing till the earth rattles, we will hear you in our minds and feel you in our hearts, May you be happy in heaven..You deserve the Heavens..Surely will miss you.

  19. Rusty Shackleford Says:

    Honestly, the guy was morbidly obese- I’m shocked he made it that long. And PS, always thought he was a closet case, but evidently not; he had a wife and kids. RIP Pizza the Hut.

  20. Davd James Says:

    one of the funniest people ever its too bad you had to go

  21. Rob A Says:

    Wow, still to this day, I enjoy alot of what Dom brought to us. Very Unique.

    I was a bit young to catch him in his hayday, but even so, he will always be one of my favorites.

    Blessings to all his family members and all those who knew and loved him.

  22. Luana Says:

    I’ll Miss You Dom , I Still Have The Cook Book You Signed For Me. You Are Sooo Sweet And Funny Thank You For The Laughs And Joy You’ve Brought To My Life Love You , Enjoy Paradise !

  23. Lisa Weiner Says:

    To Dom Deluise,
    I just want to say that I’ve seen in the following movies such as Smokey and the Bandit, Blazing Saddles, Cannonball run Parts 1 and 2 etc. I thought you were a great actor. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Lisa Weiner

  24. Joseph Antoci Says:

    Dom lived around the corner from me on 66th street and I lived on 65st. my back window faced his yard and his mother dressed always in black would tend to her yard. I remember in Mckinley JHS, my math teacher had Dom as a student and he would always be telling jokes and making people laugh. I never met Dom but my mother was a friend of his sister. It’s sad to hear of his passing.

  25. Frances Rudland Says:

    This man was great I loved his work R.I.P

  26. ML Says:

    r.i.p great comedien

  27. Chris Paton Says:

    A brilliant comic actor.

  28. Larry C. White Says:

    Dom,You were the best! Thank you for all of the laughs. Were all going to miss you.

  29. Larry C. White Says:

    I’m going to miss you.

  30. Phil Townsend Says:

    I loved Dom

  31. Some Guy Says:

    RIP :(

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  33. Nina Says:

    You were such a funny and talented man. We miss you down here but as long as I know your making them laugh in heaven it’s all good. R.I.P.

  34. Victor RamosGlez Says:

    I’ll miss this one of the kind actor, you leave in my heart such of great performances. That your soul RIP for always !!!

  35. Dean Says:

    He made me laugh,rest in peace big guy.

  36. william lee Says:

    u will be missed

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