DeLuise in 1975
August 1, 1933
|Died||May 4, 2009 75) (aged|
|Resting place||Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens, New York, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Tufts University|
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer, author|
Carol Arthur (m. 1965)
|Children|| Peter 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.
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.DeLuise graduated from Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts and later attended Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts where he majored in biology. DeLuise was Roman Catholic and had a particular devotion to the Virgin Mary.
In 1961, DeLuise played in the Off-Broadway musical revue Another Evening with Harry Stoons,which lasted nine previews and one performance. 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. 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).
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."
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.
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).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 .
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.He was also a friend and self-proclaimed "look-alike" of famous Cajun chef Paul Prudhomme and author of seven children's books.
In 1964, while working in a Provincetown, Massachusetts, summer theater, DeLuise met actress Carol Arthur. They married in 1965and had three sons, all of whom are actors: Peter, Michael, and David DeLuise.
DeLuise died of kidney failure on May 4, 2009, at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, at age 75.He had been battling cancer for more than a year prior to his death.
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."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."
|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||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||The End||Marlon Borunki|
|1978||The Cheap Detective||Pepe Damascus|
|1979||Hot Stuff||Ernie Fortunato||Also director|
|1979||The Muppet Movie||Bernie the Agent||Cameo|
|1980||The Last Married Couple in America||Walter Holmes|
|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 voices||English version|
|1982||The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas||Melvin P. Thorpe|
|1982||The Secret of NIMH||Jeremy (voice)|
|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)|
|1987||Going Bananas||Big Bad Joe Hopkins|
|1987||A Taxi Driver in New York||Captain T. Favretto|
|1987||Spaceballs||Pizza the Hutt (voice)|
|1988||Oliver & Company||Fagin (voice)|
|1989||The Princess and the Dwarf||The King|
|1989||All Dogs Go to Heaven||Itchy Itchiford (voice)|
|1990||Loose Cannons||Harry Gutterman|
|1990||Happily Ever After||The Looking Glass (voice)|
|1991||Driving Me Crazy||Mr. B||Alternate title: Trabbi Goes to Hollywood|
|1991||Dragon and Slippers||Goliath the Dragon (voice)||English version|
|1991||An American Tail: Fievel Goes West||Tiger (voice)|
|1992||Almost Pregnant||Doctor Beckhard|
|1992||The Magic Voyage||Christopher Columbus (voice)||English version|
|1993||Robin Hood: Men in Tights||Don Giovanni|
|1993||The Skateboard Kid||Rip (voice)|
|1994||The Silence of the Hams||Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza|
|1994||A Troll in Central Park||Stanley (voice)|
|1994||Don't Drink the Water||Father Drobney||TV Movie|
|1995||The Tin Soldier||Mr. Fallon||TV Movie|
|1996||All Dogs Go to Heaven 2||Itchy Itchiford (voice)|
|1997||The Good Bad Guy||The Judge|
|1998||Between the Sheets||Cameo|
|1998||The Godson||The Oddfather|
|1998||An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island||Tiger (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1998||An All Dogs Christmas Carol||Itchy / Ghost of Christmas Past (voice)||Television film|
|1998||The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue||Jeremy (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1999||My X-Girlfriend's Wedding Reception||Father O'Rdeal|
|1999||Boys Will Be Boys||Chef||TV Movie; also director|
|2000||The Brainiacs.com||Ivan Lucre|
|2000||An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster||Tiger (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2000||Lion of Oz||Oscar Diggs (voice)||Credited as Dom DeLuises|
|2002||It's All About You|
|2003||Remembering Mario||Mario (voice)|
|2004||Breaking the Fifth||Flealand Cunchulis|
|2006||Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm||Myrin (voice)|
|1962||The Shari Lewis Show||Kenny Ketchem||1 episode|
|1963||The Joey Bishop Show||Patient||Episode: "My Son, the Doctor"|
|1964–1965||The Entertainers||Himself||5 episodes|
|1966||The Munsters||Dr. Dudley||Episode: "Just Another Pretty Face"|
|1966||The Dean Martin Summer Show||Himself||6 episodes|
|1968, 1987–1988||The Dom DeLuise Show||Himself/Host||11 episodes|
|1969||The Ghost and Mrs. Muir||Seaman Elroy Applegate||Season 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 Delp||Television film|
|1973–1974||Lotsa Luck||Stanley Belmont||22 episodes|
|1974||Only with Married Men||Murry West||Television film|
|1977||The Jacksons Variety Show||Himself|
|1977||The Muppet Show||Himself|
|1977||The Jacksons||Himself||1 episode|
|1983||Happy||Roger Handover||Also executive producer|
|1985||Amazing Stories||Guilt||Episode: "Guilt Trip"|
|1989||21 Jump Street||Uncle Nick||Episode: "Wooly Bullies"|
|1989||B.L. Stryker||Toby Beaumont||Episode: "Die Laughing"|
|1990||Timeless Tales from Hallmark||The Emperor (voice)||Episode: "The Emperor's New Clothes"|
|1991||Precious Moments Christmas: Timmy's Gift||Nicodemus (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|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 Blake||Episode: "Murder at the Telethon"|
|1994||The Magic School Bus||Baker (voice)||Episode: "Get Ready, Set, Dough"|
|1994–1995||Burke's Law||Vinnie Piatte||25 episodes|
|1994||seaQuest DSV||Nick Piccolo||Episode: "Vapors"|
|1995||The Ren & Stimpy Show||Big Kahuna (voice)||Episode: "Pixie King/Aloha Hoek"|
|1995||Alef Bet Blast-Off Lights of Freedom||Pharaoh|
|1995||Tin Soldier||Mr. Fallon||Television film|
|1996||Shari'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)
|1997||Beverly Hills, 90210||Magic Morton||Episode: "I Only Have Eyes for You"|
|1997||3rd Rock from the Sun||Mr. Polone||Episode: "Auto Erodicka"|
|1998||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Mortimer||Episode: "The Pom Pom Incident"|
|1998||Charlie Horse Music Pizza||Cookie||Episode: "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|
|1998||The Wild Thornberrys||Baby Condor (voice)||Episode: "Flight of the Donnie"|
|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||Himself||Episode: "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"|
|2009||Spaceballs: The Animated Series||Pizza the Hutt (voice)||Episode: "Pilot Part 1: The Avenge of Dark Helmet" (Final acting role)|
|1996||Toonstruck||'Fingers' the Cashier|
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