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DeLuise in 1975
Dominick DeLuise

(1933-08-01)August 1, 1933
DiedMay 4, 2009(2009-05-04) (aged 75)
Resting place Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Tufts University
OccupationActor, director, producer, author
Years active1961–2009
Carol Arthur (m. 1965)
Children Peter DeLuise
Michael DeLuise
David DeLuise

Dominick DeLuise (August 1, 1933 – May 4, 2009) was an American actor, director, producer, chef and author. Known primarily for his comedic performances, he rose to fame in the 1970s as a frequent guest on television variety shows. He is often identified for his work in the films of Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, as well as a series of collaborations and appearances with Burt Reynolds. Beginning in the 1980s, his popularity expanded to younger audiences from voicing characters in several major animated productions, particularly those of Don Bluth.


Early life

DeLuise was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian American parents Vincenza "Jennie" (née DeStefano), a homemaker, and John DeLuise, a public employee (garbage collector). He was the youngest of three children, having an older brother, Nicholas "Nick" DeLuise, and an older sister, Antoinette DeLuise-Daurio. [1] DeLuise graduated from Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts and later attended Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts where he majored in biology. [2] DeLuise was Roman Catholic and had a particular devotion to the Virgin Mary. [3]


In 1961, DeLuise played in the Off-Broadway musical revue Another Evening with Harry Stoons, [4] which lasted nine previews and one performance. [5] Another member of the cast was 19-year-old Barbra Streisand. He was also in the Off-Broadway play All in Love, which opened on November 10, 1961, at the Martinique Theatre and ran for 141 performances. [6] Other New York theater performances included Half-Past Wednesday (Off-Broadway) (1962), Around the World in 80 Days (Off-Broadway) (1963), The Student Gypsy (Broadway) (1963), Here's Love (Broadway) (1963), and Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Broadway) (1969). [7]

DeLuise generally appeared in comedic parts, although an early appearance in the movie Fail-Safe as a nervous USAF technical sergeant showed a broader range. His first acting credit was as a regular performer in the television show The Entertainers in 1964. He gained early notice for his supporting turn in the Doris Day film The Glass Bottom Boat (1966). In his review in The New York Times , Vincent Canby panned the film but singled out the actor, stating, "[T]he best of the lot, however, is a newcomer, Dom DeLuise, as a portly, bird-brained spy." [8]

In the 1970s and 1980s, he often co-starred with his real-life friend Burt Reynolds. Together they appeared in the films The Cannonball Run and Cannonball Run II , Smokey and the Bandit II , The End , and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas . DeLuise was the host of the television show Candid Camera from 1991 to 1992. He was a mainstay of Burke's Law , an American television series that aired on CBS during the 1993–94 and 1994–95 television seasons.

DeLuise also lent his distinct voice to various animated films and was a particular staple of Don Bluth's features, playing major roles in The Secret of NIMH , An American Tail , A Troll in Central Park and All Dogs Go to Heaven . All Dogs Go to Heaven also featured Reynolds' voice as Charlie B. Barkin, the cheeky anti-hero, and DeLuise voiced Itchy Itchiford, Charlie's best friend, wing-man and later partner in business. Unlike DeLuise, however, Reynolds did not voice Charlie in any of the eventual film sequels, TV episodes, TV-episode sequels, or TV series. DeLuise also voiced the legendary character of Charles Dickens' Fagin in the Walt Disney film Oliver & Company and made voice guest appearances on several animated TV series.

The handprints of Dom DeLuise in Atlantic City, New Jersey Dom deluise handprint.JPG
The handprints of Dom DeLuise in Atlantic City, New Jersey

TV producer Greg Garrison hired DeLuise to appear as a specialty act on The 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. Dom's catch phrase, with an Italian accent, was "No Applause Please, Save-a to the End." 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 off-camera when these were taped, and his distinctive laugh can be heard.)

In 1968, DeLuise hosted his own hour-long comedy variety series for CBS, The Dom DeLuise Show. Taped in Miami at The Jackie Gleason Theater, it featured many regular Gleason show cast members including The June Taylor Dancers and The Sammy Spear Orchestra. DeLuise's wife Carol Arthur also regularly appeared. The 16-week run was the summer replacement for The Jonathan Winters Show. He later starred in his own sitcom, Lotsa Luck (1973–1974).

DeLuise was probably best known as a regular in Mel Brooks' films. He appeared in The Twelve Chairs , Blazing Saddles , Silent Movie , History of the World, Part I , Spaceballs , and Robin Hood: Men in Tights . Brooks' late wife, actress Anne Bancroft, directed Dom in Fatso (1980). [9] He also had a cameo in Johnny Dangerously as the Pope and in Jim Henson's The Muppet Movie as a wayward Hollywood talent agent who comes across Kermit the Frog singing "The Rainbow Connection" in the film's opening scene. He also guest-starred in Season 2 Episode 11 of The Muppet Show , where he interacted with Miss Piggy and appeared with fellow Brooks regulars Gene Wilder (who directed the film as well), Marty Feldman, and Madeline Kahn in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother , as well as alongside Wilder and Gilda Radner in a later Gene Wilder-directed film, Haunted Honeymoon , an unfortunate box office bomb for which his performance (in drag) won him the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress. He also appeared in Stargate SG-1 as Urgo.

DeLuise exhibited his comedic talents while playing the speaking part of the jailer Frosch in the comedic operetta Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera, playing the role in four separate revivals of the work at the Met between December 1989 and January 1996. In the production, while the singing was in German, the spoken parts were in English. A lifelong opera fan, he also portrayed the role of L'Opinion Publique in drag for the Los Angeles Opera's production of Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld . [10]

An avid cook and author of several books on cooking, 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. [11] He was also a friend and self-proclaimed "look-alike" of famous Cajun chef Paul Prudhomme and author of seven children's books.

Personal life

In 1964, while working in a Provincetown, Massachusetts, summer theater, DeLuise met actress Carol Arthur. They married in 1965 [12] [13] and had three sons, all of whom are actors: Peter, Michael, and David DeLuise. [13]


DeLuise died of kidney failure on May 4, 2009, at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, at age 75. [13] He had been battling cancer for more than a year prior to his death. [14]

Burt Reynolds paid tribute to Deluise in the Los Angeles Times , saying: "As you get older and start to lose people you love, you think about it more, and I was dreading this moment. Dom always made you feel better when he was around, and there will never be another like him." [15] Mel Brooks also made a statement to the same paper, telling them that DeLuise "created so much joy and laughter on the set that you couldn’t get your work done. So every time I made a movie with Dom, I would plan another two days on the schedule just for laughter. It's a sad day. It's hard to think of this life and this world without him." [12]



1964 Diary of a Bachelor Marvin Rollins
1964 Fail Safe Sgt. Collins
1966 The Glass Bottom Boat Julius Pritter
1967 The Busy Body Kurt Brock
1968 What's So Bad About Feeling Good? J. Gardner Monroe
1970 Norwood Bill Bird
1970 The Twelve Chairs Father Fyodor
1971 Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Irwin Marcy
1972 Every Little Crook and Nanny Mario Azzecca
1974 Blazing Saddles Buddy Bizarre
1974 Only with Married Men Murray West TV Movie
1975 The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother Eduardo Gambetti
1976 Silent Movie Dom Bell
1977 The World's Greatest Lover Adolph Zitz
1978 Sextette Dan Turner
1978 The End Marlon Borunki
1978 The Cheap Detective Pepe Damascus
1979 Hot Stuff Ernie FortunatoAlso director
1979 The Muppet Movie Bernie the Agent Cameo
1980 Fatso Dominic DeNapoli
1980 The Last Married Couple in America Walter Holmes
1980 Wholly Moses! Shadrach
1980 Smokey and the Bandit II Dr. Frederico "Doc" Carlucci
1981 History of the World, Part I Emperor Nero
1981 The Cannonball Run Victor Prinzi / Captain Chaos
1981 Peter-No-Tail Additional voicesEnglish version
1982 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Melvin P. Thorpe
1982 The Secret of NIMH Jeremy (voice) [16]
1984 Cannonball Run II Victor Prinzi / Captain Chaos / Don Canneloni
1984 Johnny Dangerously The Pope
1986 Haunted Honeymoon Aunt Mary Kate
1986 An American Tail Tiger (voice) [16]
1987 Going Bananas Big Bad Joe Hopkins
1987A Taxi Driver in New YorkCaptain T. Favretto
1987 Spaceballs Pizza the Hutt (voice)
1988 Oliver & Company Fagin (voice) [16]
1989The Princess and the DwarfThe King
1989 All Dogs Go to Heaven Itchy Itchiford (voice) [16]
1990 Loose Cannons Harry Gutterman
1990 Happily Ever After The Looking Glass (voice) [16]
1991 Driving Me Crazy Mr. BAlternate title: Trabbi Goes to Hollywood
1991Dragon and SlippersGoliath the Dragon (voice)English version [16]
1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Tiger (voice) [16]
1992Almost PregnantDoctor Beckhard
1992 The Magic Voyage Christopher Columbus (voice)English version [16]
1992 Munchie Munchie (voice) [16]
1993 Robin Hood: Men in Tights Don Giovanni
1993The Skateboard KidRip (voice) [16]
1994 The Silence of the Hams Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza
1994 A Troll in Central Park Stanley (voice) [16]
1994 Don't Drink the Water Father DrobneyTV Movie
1995 The Tin Soldier Mr. FallonTV Movie
1996 Red Line Jerry
1996 All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 Itchy Itchiford (voice) [16]
1997 The Good Bad Guy The Judge
1998Between the SheetsCameo
1998 The Godson The Oddfather
1998 An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island Tiger (voice)Direct-to-video [16]
1998 An All Dogs Christmas Carol Itchy / Ghost of Christmas Past (voice)Television film [16]
1998 The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue Jeremy (voice)Direct-to-video [16]
1999 My X-Girlfriend's Wedding Reception Father O'Rdeal
1999Boys Will Be BoysChefTV Movie; also director
1999 Baby Geniuses Lenny
2000 The Ivan Lucre
2000 An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster Tiger (voice)Direct-to-video [16]
2000 Lion of Oz Oscar Diggs (voice)Credited as Dom DeLuises [16]
2001Always Greener
2002It's All About You
2003Remembering MarioMario (voice)
2004 Girl Play Gabriel
2004Breaking the FifthFlealand Cunchulis
2006Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of RhythmMyrin (voice)


1962 The Shari Lewis Show Kenny Ketchem1 episode
1963 The Joey Bishop Show PatientEpisode: "My Son, the Doctor"
1964–1965 The Entertainers Himself5 episodes
1966 The Munsters Dr. DudleyEpisode: "Just Another Pretty Face"
1966The Dean Martin Summer ShowHimself6 episodes
1968, 1987–1988The Dom DeLuise ShowHimself/Host11 episodes
1969 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Seaman Elroy ApplegateSeason 2 Episode 5 Seaman
1971–1972 The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Regular performer
1972 The Roman Holidays Mr. Evictus (voice)Episode: "Hectic Holiday"
1972–1973 The Dean Martin Show Regular performer
1972 Evil Roy Slade Logan DelpTelevision film
1973–1974 Lotsa Luck Stanley Belmont22 episodes
1974Only with Married MenMurry WestTelevision film
1977 The Jacksons Variety Show Himself
1977 The Muppet Show Himself [17]
1977 The Jacksons Himself1 episode
1983HappyRoger HandoverAlso executive producer
1985 Amazing Stories GuiltEpisode: "Guilt Trip"
1989 21 Jump Street Uncle NickEpisode: "Wooly Bullies"
1989 B.L. Stryker Toby BeaumontEpisode: "Die Laughing"
1990 Timeless Tales from Hallmark The Emperor (voice)Episode: "The Emperor's New Clothes"
1991Precious Moments Christmas: Timmy's GiftNicodemus (voice)Direct-to-video
1991–1992 Candid Camera Host
1991–1992 Fievel's American Tails Tiger (voice)13 Episodes
1993 Married... with Children Floyd the Dog (voice)Episode: "Change for a Buck"
1993 Diagnosis Murder Buddy BlakeEpisode: "Murder at the Telethon"
1994 The Magic School Bus Baker (voice)Episode: "Get Ready, Set, Dough"
1994–1995 Burke's Law Vinnie Piatte25 episodes
1994 seaQuest DSV Nick PiccoloEpisode: "Vapors"
1995 The Ren & Stimpy Show Big Kahuna (voice)Episode: "Pixie King/Aloha Hoek"
1995Alef Bet Blast-Off Lights of FreedomPharaoh
1995 Tin Soldier Mr. FallonTelevision film
1996Shari's Passover Surprise
1997 Duckman The Governor (voice)Episode: "A Star Is Abhorred"
1997 Cow and Chicken Jean-Paul Beaver / Governor #2 / Owl #2
/ Mayor / Frenchman #3 / Neighbor #2 (voices)
2 Episodes [16]
1997 Beverly Hills, 90210 Magic MortonEpisode: "I Only Have Eyes for You"
1997 3rd Rock from the Sun Mr. PoloneEpisode: "Auto Erodicka"
1998 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch MortimerEpisode: "The Pom Pom Incident"
1998 Charlie Horse Music Pizza CookieEpisode: "Spooky Opera Show"
1998 Police Academy: The Series Zeus (voice)Episode: "Bring Me the Turtle of Commandant Hefilfinger"
1998 Hercules: The Animated Series Bacchus (voice)Episode: "Hercules and the Bacchanal"
1996–1998 All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series Itchy Itchiford (voice)20 Episodes [16]
1998 The Wild Thornberrys Baby Condor (voice)Episode: "Flight of the Donnie" [16]
1997–1999 I Am Weasel Mayor / Frenchman #3 / Neighbor #2 (voices)2 episodes
1997–2003 Dexter's Laboratory Koosy / Koosalagoopagoop (voice)4 episodes
1998–1999 The Charlie Horse Music Pizza Cookie (voice)23 episodes
1999 Stargate SG-1 Urgo (voice) Episode 316 (S3E16 Urgo)
2001 Emeril HimselfEpisode: "One Man's Cornbread"
2002 Rugrats Director (voice)Episode: "Starstruck/Who's Taffy?"
2004 Father of the Pride Duke (voice)Episode: "One Man's Meat Is Another Man's Girlfriend"
2005 Robot Chicken Victor Prinzim / Himself (voices)Episode: "Gold Dust Gasoline"
2005 Duck Dodgers Roy Serpenti (voice)Episode: "All in the Crime Family" [16]
2009 Spaceballs: The Animated Series Pizza the Hutt (voice)Episode: "Pilot Part 1: The Avenge of Dark Helmet" (Final acting role)

Video games

1996 Toonstruck 'Fingers' the Cashier


Writings for children


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