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Actor Dom DeLuise Dies at 75

sign up for the momlogic newsletter Tweet This Dom DeLuise, the comic actor who starred in several Mel Brooks films, has died, according to

He was 75.

According to the celebrity gossip site, DeLuise died "peacefully in his sleep" at around 6 PM Monday night at a hospital in Los Angeles.

DeLuise starred in such Brooks films as "Blazing Saddles," "Silent Movie," and "History of the World: Part I." In Brooks's "Spaceballs," a spoof of "Star Wars," DeLuise played Pizza the Hutt, a take-off on Jabba the Hut.

He also starred in the comedy drama "Fatso," which was written and directed by Brooks's late wife, Anne Bancroft.

He was also a frequent co-star of Burt Reynolds, appearing with the actor in such films as "The Cannonball Run" and its sequel, as well as "Smokey and the Bandit II."

In recent years DeLuise did a lot of voice work for animated shows, including "Duck Dodgers," "The Wild Thornberries," "Hercules," and "All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series." His role of Itchy Itchiford in the show was a continuation of his turn in the movie version of "All Dogs Go to Heaven," which also starred the voice of Reynolds.

DeLuise also voiced roles in such animated films as "An American Tail" and its sequel, "The Secret of NIHM" and "Oliver & Company."

The actor also had his own comedy series, "The Dom DeLuise Show," from 1987-1988.

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Beth May 5, 2009, 8:50 PM

I will speak to the one thing that isn’t mentioned here. DeLuise was also the author of two cookbooks:

Eat This … It Will Make You Feel Better

Eat This, Too

Both are wonderful. If you can get a copy of the first try the Chicken (Veal) Marsala, Mamma and Michael’s Meat Sauce and the Marinara sauce. All are incredible and some of my favorite foods in all life.

I applaud “Uncle Dom” for sharing those recipes with the world and for making my cooking the thing of legends.

Good rest and Godspeed!

Anne May 5, 2009, 10:01 PM

Dom just happens to be in one of my most cherished memories. Our 22 year old son was in a hospital in Los Angeles and had heartbreakingly been told by his doctors that his illness was terminal. Try to imagine being that age and finding out that your life is going to be measured in painful months, not years. A couple of days later, DH and I walked into that hospital room to find our son laughing uproariously. What was he watching on TV? A movie called, THE END, starring Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise. At first I was horrified at the topic, but after watching awhile, I recognized the humor and delicious irony of the storyline. We watched the rest of the movie with our son, and I was so grateful that he could relax and belly laugh like he did. The movie had so much truth and love in it, and I wondered if it was an “accident” that it just happened to be playing that particular day in a hospital in Los Angeles. I think not. RIP, Dom, and thanks for the memories.

Mandy May 6, 2009, 12:20 PM

Doesn’t anyone remember the Barrump-Bump Show? It was a summer replacement, probably in the 60s. Dom DeLuise was hysterical - we arranged our entire evening around it.

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