Dom DeLuise

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Dom DeLuise (1975)

Dominick "Dom" DeLuise (born August 1, 1933 in Brooklyn , New York - † May 4, 2009 in Los Angeles , California ) was an American actor , director , singer and dancer .

Live and act

Dom DeLuise was born in Brooklyn , New York in 1933 to John and Vincenza DeLuise . After graduating from the High School of Performing Arts , he played first roles at the Cleveland Playhouse , including in Kiss Me, Kate and Hamlet . DeLuise made his New York debut in the off-Broadway production Little Mary Sunshine . During a summer engagement in Provincetown, Massachusetts , he met the actress Carol Arthur , his future wife. He first appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers .

He made his first television appearance as Dominick the Great on the Garry Moore Show . After guest appearances in some variety shows , he got an engagement in the show The Entertainers with Carol Burnett and Bob Newhart . He was also an integral part of the Dean Martin Show for 12 years and from 1968 the host of his own show on CBS , The Dom DeLuise Variety Show .

DeLuise first appeared on the big screen in 1964 in Sidney Lumet's target Moscow (Fail Safe) . Films like Norwood , Wedding Night Before Witnesses, and Who is Harry Kellerman? before a long collaboration with Mel Brooks began, in whose films he repeatedly appeared. DeLuise starred several times alongside Burt Reynolds - including in Hell's On the Highway - and with Gene Wilder , with whom he shot Sherlock Holmes' clever brother . DeLuise also dubbed a few cartoon films, such as the part of "Jeremy the Crow" in Mrs. Brisby and The Secret of NIMH .

In 1979 he also took over the directing of the film Heisse Ware , an activity which he then carried out at the theater, where he staged the musical Jump with his wife Carol in the lead role . He demonstrated versatility with his appearances in Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss at the New York Metropolitan Opera between 1990 and 1997 and his work as a cookbook and children's book author. Dom DeLuise has three sons, Peter , Michael and David , who all work as actors.

DeLuise died on May 4, 2009 in a hospital in Los Angeles of complications from cancer.

Filmography (selection)

Cinema productions


TV Shows

Fonts (selection)

  • Eat this (cookbook)
  • Eat This, Again! (Cookbook)
  • Eat this too (cookbook)
  • Charlie the Caterpillar (children's book)
  • Goldilocks (children's book)

All of Dom DeLuise's books are currently only available in English.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. cf. Agency report on death at, May 5, 2009 (English)
  2. US comedian Dom DeLuise dies ( Memento from May 16, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), Kleine Zeitung , May 6, 2009