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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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88 Signatures in Dom DeLuise's guestbook

  1. Stephanie Beleele Says:

    Dom Deluise will be missed. He was one of the most enjoyed comedians.

  2. Jim Mohn Says:

    Dom will be greatly missed by all of us that remember him as the caliber and tasteful comedian in the ilk of Red Skelton and Bill Cosby.

    God Bless him and may he rest in peace

  3. Lloyd Lutterman Says:

    A sad day indeed, thank you for your unforgettable humor.

  4. MICHAEL G. BALKO Says:

    I AM A BIG FAN OF MR. DELUISE. HIS MOVIES MADE ME LAUGH TO NO END. BEING A LARGE MAN MYSELF, FATSO IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE. “GIMME THE KEYS JR.” MY PRAYORS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY…

  5. Dayna Molloy Says:

    It feels as if humor and laughter have died too. He will be sorely missed by millions.

  6. Shelly Says:

    He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Dom

  7. Kevin Carlisle Says:

    One of my dearest friends for over 50 years. I will miss him greatly! A huge loss for the world.
    We will all miss you my friend!!

  8. Marie Werts Says:

    I remember when he came to East Rutherfor NJ with his limo, he was so sweet to all the kids on the block. His acting in Fatso was fantastic. He certainly will be missed.

  9. Marjorie Margel, CNA Says:

    Thank you Mr.DeLuise for your kind personality and brillant advice that you gave to all who came to know you and your wonderful Family. A wonderful comedian who was always sharing his time and gifts with others. Blessings to you and your wife and sons. We all will miss you here.

  10. Jay & Peggy Blanton Says:

    We will miss you rest in peace in God’s arms,time to make the angles laugh in heaven.

  11. David Handel Says:

    Dom Deluise will be missed by so many. I had the pleasure of meeting Dom in Arlington Heights Illinois many years ago he was the funniest big man I had ever met. At that time I spoke with him, everyone was still looking for his lost little dog and he still had the the energy to take the time to make everyone around him laugh and smile.
    God Bless and rest in peace.

  12. Tammy Thomason Says:

    He was the best in the business. May the memory of Captain Chaos live forever.

  13. Evita Mendiola Says:

    Thank you for the laughs and the memories. I see a lot of you in all three of your sons. But there is no subsitute for the original. You were definitely one of a kind.
    God Bless you and your family, my friend.

  14. Perry Says:

    I adored his talent and work from the very beginning. My favorite was “Fatso”. If only he and Jackie Gleason could have worked together.
    He will be sorely missed my the uncountable masses. My sympathy to the family. Perry

  15. Sam Guida Says:

    you made me laugh and cry in Fatso. so funny, so talented, you are an angel for all of us. God bless you and your family.”please, no applause, wait for the end” we can all applaude now.

  16. tim murphy Says:

    He was A great and funny man who will truley be missed by all who have ejoyed his comedy over the years.

  17. Oscar Ripalda Says:

    Thanks for your gift of laughter. Rest in peace.

  18. Sandee Karusky Says:

    We were all blessed with your big big heart and spirit filled with love and laughter ! great memorys of you and your shows ! a joy to the world never silent ! prayers for your family ! we will all miss you funny man ! make the angels laugh in heaven now !

  19. david adams-smith/davidthediva@yahoo.com Says:

    another sad day for the world. a passing of such great talent that thank god will live on forever in the work of the great Dom. my heart goes out to the family and to all of the fans like myself who has lost a great man.

  20. cannonball randy Says:

    Good Night Sweet Prince.

  21. Daniel Says:

    A true comedian who could make anyone laugh wether they wanted to or not… he will be truely missed.

  22. Melissa M Says:

    May he rest in peace…he was a funny funny man and I’m sure the saints in heaven will get a real kick out of him….

  23. Bob Boykin Says:

    My heart was broken today after learning of the death of one of the best comedians I have ever seen. Not only was he funny but he was a very nice guy who was not pretentious, and he will be sorley missed. He will always have a special place in my heart. People pass on, but talent like his will last forever. My condolences to his family. Bob Boykin

  24. Dayna Says:

    It’s even more of a sad day because the day he passed was his wife Carol’s birthday and also his son Michael’s birthday.

  25. Munkey Says:

    One of the funniest old school comedians and ultimate “B” film actors i have ever seen.

    i will forever remember HIM!!! CAPTIAN CHAOS!!!!

  26. Joshua Metzger Says:

    Dom made me laugh all through my child hood I will miss his humor. The world is less of a place without him. My best to all his family and close friends.

  27. Delores Snead Says:

    Thank you for the laughter you gave us all. Also your sharing your cooking! RIP Dom!

  28. lisaholmes Says:

    i remember watching him on the dean martin show and the movies w/burt reynolds. he always made me laugh out loud – thanks for sharing your talent.

  29. Leo Gauthier Says:

    Dom, I will always remember you in “Fatso” you always had a way of poking fun at yourself to make the rest of us laugh. You will always be remembered for being such a wonderful Husband and Father. God Bless you.

  30. Bill Jones Says:

    God Bless Him.

  31. Richardschulman Says:

    Dom’s in hog heaven!

  32. Mr Hudd Says:

    You were the funniest you will be missed.

  33. Kay Pitt Says:

    I grew up with Dom.. you might say.. I loved him. He was such a funny person and I will truly miss him… I think I saw every movie he made.

  34. Brandy B Says:

    i just can’t believe he’s gone. i had the biggest crush on him, back in the day when all my friends were gaga over Burt. My thoughts go out to his family.

  35. Terri Barrett-Turner Says:

    You will be greatly missed. Heaven just got a lot funnier. Take care and God bless you and your family.

  36. Nikki Says:

    I grew up watching Dom DeLuise. He provided so many memorable comedic moments that will remain with me always. He was a true performer and a talented man. He was a classic and will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Dom…

  37. lorenzo corona Says:

    lorenzo corona

  38. Linda Says:

    I was really sadden to see Mr. DeLuise had passed. i am one of his biggest fan’s he will missed. The world will be a little lest funny without him here

  39. robert parker Says:

    i will miss you you were so fun to watch thank you so much for the fun times

  40. mark green Says:

    thank you for the years of making us laugh.something this world needs more of

  41. pearl Says:

    godbless you dom we all loved you in the united kindom

  42. Al Johnson Says:

    Truley one of the greats. You inspired laughter and joy in us all. The world will be a little less bright without you.

  43. Vickest Says:

    My favorite movie with Mr. Deluise was Cannonball Run, I always cracked up when they say “Him” I don’t want to talk about HIM… That was hysterical and the bloopers were great! May he rest in peace

  44. DONNA Says:

    DEAR DOM FAMILY SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSE OF YOUR FATHER I MISS MY FATHER TOO GOD BLESS YOU ALL YOUR FATHER WAS SO FUNNY I WILL MISS HIM TO MANY OF MY FAVE ACTORS ARE GONE I LOVE TV AND THE MOVIES I LOVE ALL KID MOVIES BY DONNA

  45. Connie Barrington Says:

    There is no need to rest now.It was time to go “Home” and make The Biggest Guy laugh! We ofcourse will miss you but we will remember all the laughter and the man of Character and Characters! Love and Prayers to your wife,sons,family and fans.May everyone be comforted in the Real Knowledge that you are living and living on.Still laughing through the tears in Texas.

  46. Adolf Says:

    he was a dumb fat fuck

  47. bob baird Says:

    he was one of greatest comedians he will be deeply missed

  48. Tammy Suttle Says:

    I will miss your laughter

  49. Marc Wilson Says:

    So sad that Dom has passed away, i have only just found out, this is a great loss to every one, he made me laugh so loud it would hurt, to his faimly you have my deepest sympathy, Dom you are saddly missed. Marc Wilson Manchester England.

  50. Sapozhnikov Says:

    Благодарен. Появилась классная мысль, но она потребует глубокой реорганизации предыдущей мысли, займусь на днях. И сразу поделюсь информацией с читателями блога!

  51. Marko Cavèn Says:

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

  52. Fan Says:

    Wow i just found out he died…very sad

  53. Aleksandra Says:

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

  54. Eduard Verhoeff from Holland Says:

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

  55. Hugo Menjivar Says:

    A funny man.RIP

  56. 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

  57. ashley Says:

    i have no idea who u are but u sound cool

  58. 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.

  59. Nelda D. Fairley Says:

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

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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

  63. lyndon nichol Says:

    one of gods angles

  64. EDUARDO HERNANDEZ Says:

    I LIKED HIS MOVIES HE WILL BE MISSED ALOT

  65. lisa Says:

    you will be missed

  66. michael coleman Says:

    one of the best comedians ever

  67. michael coleman Says:

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

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. Davd James Says:

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

  71. 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.

  72. 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 !

  73. 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

  74. 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.

  75. Frances Rudland Says:

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

  76. ML Says:

    r.i.p great comedien

  77. Chris Paton Says:

    A brilliant comic actor.

  78. Larry C. White Says:

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

  79. Larry C. White Says:

    I’m going to miss you.

  80. Phil Townsend Says:

    I loved Dom

  81. Some Guy Says:

    RIP :(

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  83. 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.

  84. 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 !!!

  85. Dean Says:

    He made me laugh,rest in peace big guy.

  86. william lee Says:

    u will be missed

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