Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Dom DeLuise

Actor-director-producer-chef Dom DeLuise died died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 75. The Golden Globe nominated star was well known for his roles in several Mel Brooks' classics, such as Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights and the Twlve Chairs. He was the husband of actress Carol Arthur, and the father of actor, writer, director Peter DeLuise, and actors David DeLuise and Michael DeLuise.
A frequent collaborator with DeLuise, Burt Reynolds released a statement to Entertainment Tonight on his friend's death.
"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,"
Burt Reynolds

TV producer Greg Garrison hired DeLuise to appear as a specialty act on the popular Dean Martin show. DeLuise ran through his "Dominick the Great" routine, a riotous example of a magic act gone wrong, with host Martin as a bemused volunteer from the audience. The show went so well that DeLuise was soon a regular on Martin's program, participating in both songs and sketches. Garrison also featured DeLuise in his own hour-long comedy specials for ABC. (Martin was often just off-camera when these were taped, and his distinctive laugh can be heard loud and clear.)

On TV Mr. DeLuise appeared in
The Dom DeLuise Show (1968) (summer replacement for Jackie Gleason)
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (regular performer from 1971 - 1972)
The Roman Holidays (1972) (A Hanna-Barbera animated television series Very similar in theme to both The Flintstones and The Jetsons)
Lotsa Luck (1973–1974) (Created by Carl Reiner, Bill Persky & Sam Denoff)
Only with Married Men (1974)
The Dom DeLuise Show (1987 - 1988)
Die Laughing (1990)
Fievel's American Tails (1991 - 1992) (voice)
Candid Camera (host from 1991 - 1992)
All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series (1996 - 1999) (voice)
Spaceballs: The Animated Series (2008) (voice)

An avid cook and author of several books on cooking, in recent years he appeared as a regular contributor to a syndicated home improvement radio show, On The House with The Carey Brothers, giving listeners tips on culinary topics. He also wrote several children's books you can find at The Official Dom DeLuise Website

Here is my favorate Dom DeLuise Moment

To quote Mr.DeLuise, "I'm actually a thin, serious person, but I play fat and funny, but only for the movies".

Good Night Dom. Tonight there will be food and laughter in heaven.

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa
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