Dom DeLuise, Actor, Comedian And Chef, Dies

Actor and comedian Dom DeLuise has died.

His son tells a Los Angeles TV station (KTLA) and radio station (KNX) that DeLuise died in his sleep last night after a long illness.

DeLuise was a popular character actor for decades with movie and TV audiences. Director Mel Brooks cast him in several movies. He played the director of the song-and-dance number that gets overrun by the western at the end of "Blazing Saddles."

DeLuise also appeared often in films opposite his friend Burt Reynolds, including two "Cannonball Run" movies.

Another friend, Dean Martin, cast DeLuise as a regular in his 1960s comedy-variety show.

DeLuise loved to cook and eat almost as much as he enjoyed acting, and carved out a second career later in life as a chef of fine cuisine -- authoring two cookbooks.

Dom DeLuise was 75.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Tim Location: La Grange on May 6, 2009 at 08:42 PM
    Farewell, old friend. I remember Dom advertising the Foto Fair stores in the late 70s as the Foto Fairy. They were hilarious! I'm sure Dom, Madaline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Slim Pickins, and Cleavon Little are going to have a huge "Blazing Saddles" reunion. "They got Buddy! Get'em, girls!"
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on May 5, 2009 at 01:55 PM
    It breaks my heart to see these. I don't want to call them actors. They became part of our lives like Dom , Paul , Dean , Sammy , Jackie , Frank , John " The Duke " the list goes on. You know there last names. As we get older more of the greats will pass on. I do have to say one thing about Dom as a comedian he never use or had to use a 4 letter word to be funny. Say hello to the great ones for us Dom you will be missed.
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on May 5, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    Rest in peace "Captain Chaos".
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2009 at 10:50 AM
    One of the best funny men of his era, "Sounds like steam escaping" watching Blazzing Saddles will never be the same
  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on May 5, 2009 at 10:35 AM
    Rest in peace,,we have lost a Great one.
  • by Mother Location: Washington on May 5, 2009 at 10:18 AM
    I remember seeing him on tv. He was a pretty good comedian at times. He liked to cook on tv some too. He will be missed.
  • by reader2 Location: nc on May 5, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    I liked him.
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