Dominick DeLuise (August 1, 1933 – May 4, 2009)

Better known as Dom, he was an actor, comedian, director, TV producer, chef and author. DeLuise was born in Brooklyn, New York.

His career began in 1961 in an Off-Broadway musical revue, “Another Evening with Harry Stoons” alongside 19-year-old Barbra Streisand. His first TV show was The Entertainers in 1964. During the 70s and 80s, he often appeared in films with his friend, Burt Reynolds: Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit II, All Dogs Go to Heaven and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. DeLuise hosted Candid Camera from 1991 to 1992.

Another friend he regularly appeared “with” was in Mel Brooks’ films including Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He was a regular contributor to the syndicated home improvement radio show, “On the House with the Carey Brothers.”

He met his wife, actress Carol Arthur in 1964 while working in summer theatre in Massachusetts. DeLuise and Arthur remained married until his death.

Hospitalized for kidney failure and respiratory problems from complications to diabetes and high blood pressure and fighting off cancer for his final year, DeLuise died May 4, 2009 in Santa Monica, California. DeLuise was 75. In total, in his career he was in over 75 films, over 40 TV series (having had his own show twice), wrote 7 children’s books and 3 cookbooks.