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Actor and comedian Dom DeLuise, whose big screen classics included "The Cannonball Run," "Spaceballs" and "History of the World Part I," died on Monday night at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 75. The actor has starred in dozens of films over the years, often teaming up with off-screen pal Burt Reynolds. Most recently, he was working on the CGI live-action fantasy film "Instant Karma," starring Dwayne Johnson, Pierce Brosnan and Mira Sorvino. Reynolds and DeLuise both had "voice" roles in the film. DeLuise leaves behind a wife - actress Carol Arthur - and three sons, all of whom followed in their father's Hollywood footsteps. »
Dom DeLuise, who brought his unique comedic gifts to many films passed away Monday evening in his sleep, according to his son's publicist. He was 75.
DeLuise appeared in several Mel Brooks films, including Blazing Saddles and Silent Movie. Later, he was a frequent co-star of Burt Reynolds, appearing in films like The End, Smokey and the Bandit II and The Cannonball Run.
Reynolds released a statement to Entertainment Tonight Tuesday morning. "I was thinking the other day about this," Reynolds said. "As you get older you think about this more and more, I was dreading this moment. Dom always made everyone feel better when he was around. I never heard him say an unkind word about anyone. I will miss him very much."
DeLuise was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1933. In the 1960s he had bit parts in a handful of movies, including Fail Safe (1964), but became well known »
American actor Dom DeLuise has died at the age of 75.
The veteran comedian passed away in his sleep at a hospital in Los Angeles on Monday night, reports TMZ.com.
He became known on the small screen for his magic act as 'Dominick the Great' on the popular Dean Martin show between 1972 and 1973, and went on to further establish himself in Hollywood with appearances in Mel Brooks' films such as 1974's Blazing Saddles, 1976's Silent Movie, and 1993 comedy Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
The star was also nominated for a Golden Globe in 1974 for his work on TV comedy Lotsa Luck, while he received a nod at the Daytime Emmys in 1999 for his efforts on animation All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series.
DeLuise spent his latter years writing children's books and cookbooks.
Dom DeLuise, the comedian who became a household name in the '70s and '80s for his small but memorable roles in Blazing Saddles, Cannonball Run and Spaceballs, died late Monday night in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 75.
DeLuise got his big break in 1964 as a as a regular performer on TV's The Entertainers. He soon became a regular guest star on The Dean Martin Summer Show. The exposure led to Deluise's landing his own eponymous comedy program on CBS that lasted for a season.
In the '70s, DeLuise moved to the big screen, becoming a regular fixture in various Mel Brooks films. After meeting Burt Reynolds on the set of Brooks's Silent Movie, the two actors became friends and worked together in several films, including two Cannonball Run movies, Smokey and the Bandit II and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
DeLuise, who often made jokes about his rotund figure, was an avid chef who wrote four cookbooks. He also wrote seven children's books. He married actress Carol Arthur in 1965. His three sons - Peter, Michael and David - are all actors. DeLuise's death was first reported by TMZ.com. »
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Actor Dom DeLuise passed away Monday night in a Los Angeles hospital, at the age of 75.
"Dom always made everyone feel better when he was around," Burt Reynolds said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight, who confirmed the news of DeLuise's passing. "I never heard him say an unkind word about anyone. I will miss him very much."
DeLuise is also well-known for appearing in several Mel Brooks comedies such as Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs. DeLuise is survived by his wife, actress Carol Arthur, and three sons, actors Peter, David and Michael. »
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