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Dom DeLuise

Dom DeLuiseBorn: 1-Aug-1933
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Died: 4-May-2009
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Cannonball Run

Dom DeLuise was an overweight, likeable comedian who appeared in several of Mel Brooks' movies when Brooks's movies were funny, and was often Burt Reynolds' on-screen sidekick when Reynolds was a big star. DeLuise's best-remembered films include The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, The Cannonball Run, The End, Smokey & the Bandit II, and The Muppet Movie. A 1980 movie starring DeLuise as a fat man on a diet, Fatso, was generally panned by critics and avoided by audiences, but remains an unfairly neglected gem.

DeLuise's first professional work was in the role of "Bernie the Dog" in a children's play, and he starred in the 1968 Broadway production of Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers.

On TV, DeLuise played private eye Kenny Ketchem (get it?) on NBC's Saturday kiddie show The Shari Lewis Show. He was a regular on the sketch comedy show The Entertainers in the mid-'60s and The Dean Martin Show in the early '70s. His own brief sitcoms include Lotsa Luck in 1973, The Dom DeLuise Show in 1987. In the early 1990s, DeLuise hosted one of the myriad revivals of Candid Camera, and in the mid-90s viewers were Cooking with Dom Deluise.

In his last years, DeLuise did lots of pleasantly manic voice work for animated features and series, including The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, All Dogs Go to Heaven, and other cartoons and related sequels, series, and video games.

In 1984, DeLuise, a Brooklyn native, was named "King of Brooklyn" by local civic leaders. He also sang opera in Die Fledermaus with the New York Metropolitan, and wrote two cookbooks, Eat This and Eat This Too.

Father: John DeLuise
Mother: Vincenza DeStefano ("Jennie")
Wife: Carol Arata Arthur (actress, b. 4-Aug-1935, m. 23-Nov-1965, until his death, three sons)
Son: Peter DeLuise (actor, b. 6-Nov-1966)
Son: Michael DeLuise (actor, b. 4-Aug-1970)
Son: David DeLuise (actor, b. 11-Nov-1971)

    High School: High School of Performing Arts, New York, NY
    University: Tufts University

    Hollywood Walk of Fame 1765 N. Vine Street (motion pictures)
    Risk Factors: Obesity

    TELEVISION
    The Dom DeLuise Show Dom (1987-88)
    Lotsa Luck Stanley Belmont (1973-74)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    Boys Will Be Boys (1997)
    Hot Stuff (May-1979)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Girl Play (11-Jul-2004)
    The Brainiacs.com (22-Dec-2000) · Ivan Lucre
    Lion of Oz (2000) [VOICE]
    Baby Geniuses (12-Mar-1999) · Lenny
    The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (22-Dec-1998) [VOICE]
    An All Dogs Christmas Carol (17-Nov-1998) · Itchy, Ghost of Christmas Past [VOICE]
    The Godson (22-Sep-1998) · The Oddfather
    Boys Will Be Boys (1997)
    Red Line (17-Dec-1996)
    All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (29-Mar-1996) · Itchy Itchiford [VOICE]
    Don't Drink the Water (18-Dec-1994)
    A Troll in Central Park (7-Oct-1994) · Stanley [VOICE]
    The Silence of the Hams (13-Jul-1994)
    Robin Hood: Men in Tights (28-Jul-1993) · Don Giovanni
    Happily Ever After (28-May-1993) [VOICE]
    Almost Pregnant (22-Jun-1992)
    An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (21-Nov-1991) · Tiger [VOICE]
    Driving Me Crazy (16-May-1991) · Mr. B
    Loose Cannons (9-Feb-1990)
    All Dogs Go to Heaven (17-Nov-1989) · Itchy [VOICE]
    Oliver & Company (18-Nov-1988) [VOICE]
    Spaceballs (24-Jun-1987) · Pizza The Hutt [VOICE]
    An American Tail (21-Nov-1986) · Tiger [VOICE]
    Haunted Honeymoon (25-Jul-1986) · Aunt Kate
    Johnny Dangerously (21-Dec-1984) · The Pope
    Cannonball Run II (29-Jun-1984)
    The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (23-Jul-1982) · Melvin
    The Secret of NIMH (15-Jul-1982) · Jeremy [VOICE]
    Peter-No-Tail (25-Dec-1981)
    The Cannonball Run (19-Jun-1981)
    History of the World: Part I (12-Jun-1981)
    Smokey and the Bandit II (15-Aug-1980) · Doc
    Wholly Moses! (13-Jun-1980)
    Fatso (1-Feb-1980)
    The Last Married Couple in America (1980)
    The Muppet Movie (22-Jun-1979)
    Hot Stuff (May-1979)
    The Cheap Detective (23-Jun-1978)
    The End (10-May-1978) · Marlon Borunki
    Sextette (3-Mar-1978)
    The World's Greatest Lover (18-Dec-1977) · Zitz
    Silent Movie (16-Jun-1976)
    The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (14-Dec-1975)
    Blazing Saddles (7-Feb-1974) · Buddy Bizarre
    Every Little Crook and Nanny (14-Jun-1972)
    Evil Roy Slade (18-Feb-1972)
    Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (15-Jun-1971)
    Norwood (25-Nov-1970) · Bill Bird
    The Twelve Chairs (28-Oct-1970)
    What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (17-May-1968)
    The Busy Body (12-Mar-1967)
    The Glass Bottom Boat (9-Jun-1966) · Julius Pritter
    Fail Safe (7-Oct-1964) · Sgt. Collins
    Diary of a Bachelor (1964)

Official Website:
http://www.domdeluise.com/


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