May. 5th, 2009

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Dom DeLuise, actor, comedian and chef, dies at 75

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dom DeLuise, the portly entertainer and chef whose affable nature made him a popular character actor for decades with movie and TV audiences as well as directors and fellow actors, has died. He was 75.

As an actor, he was incredibly prolific, appearing in scores of movies and TV shows, in Broadway plays and voicing characters for numerous cartoon shows.

Writer-director-actor Mel Brooks particularly admired DeLuise's talent for offbeat comedy and cast him in several films, including "The Twelve Chairs," "Blazing Saddles," "Silent Movie," "History of the World Part I" and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights." DeLuise was also the voice of Pizza the Hutt in Brooks' "Star Wars" parody, "Spaceballs."

The actor also frequently appeared opposite his friend Burt Reynolds in films such as "The End," "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "Smokey and the Bandit II," "The Cannonball Run" and "Cannonball Run II."

Full story, here.

Not much more to add. There are testimonials from Burt Reynolds, Doris Day and Carol Burnette. I remember him in so many shows, he always made you smile. His antics with Burt Reynolds in the Cannonball Run movies and in Smoky and the Bandit 2 are all priceless. I can only imagine how much this news hurts Mel Brooks. Those two have worked together and had a friendship since the days when they did Silent Movie and Blazing Saddles.

So long, Dom. And thank you for many smiles and laughs over the years. You'll be remembered fondly.
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