Dom DeLuise

Actor, Author, Chef
An energetic comic talent with a hysterical and infectious laugh, Dom DeLuise was a character actor who lent stellar support to some of the biggest names in entertainment in for three decades. A dependable laugh-getter ... Read more »
Born: 07/31/1933 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (131)

I Love the '80s: 3D 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Girl Play 2005 (Movie)

Gabriel (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Father of the Pride 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Dexter's Laboratory 1995 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Van Patten: The Sure Bet 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Lion of Oz and the Badge of Courage 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

The Good Bad Guy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Weight Watchers: Before and After 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series 1996 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Stargate SG-1 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The BRAINIACS.COM 2000 (Movie)

Ivan Lucre (Actor)

The Charlie Horse Music Pizza 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Geniuses 1999 (Movie)

Lenny (Actor)

Cow and Chicken 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Dean Martin: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

3rd Rock From the Sun 1991 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cybill 1991 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1991 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Evening Shade 1991 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Married... With Children 1991 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Voice

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

SeaQuest DSV 1991 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 1997 Hollywood Christmas Parade 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Italian Americans II: A Beautiful Song 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic School Bus 1994 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

The Naked Truth 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

An All Dogs Christmas Carol 1997 (Movie)

(Voice)

Between the Sheets 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beverly Hills 90210 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boys Will Be Boys 1997 (Movie)

Chef (Actor)

Shari's Passover Surprise 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Godson 1997 (Movie)

The Oddfather--Don Calzone (Actor)

The Secret of NIMH II: Timmy to the Rescue 1997 (Movie)

of Jeremy Crow (Voice)

The Wedding Band 1997 (Movie)

The Priest (Actor)

All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 1996 (Movie)

Ichy Itchiford (Voice)

Dean Martin: Everybody Loves Somebody 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Don't Drink the Water 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Troll in Central Park 1994 (Movie)

of Stanley (Voice)

Hal Roach: Hollywood's King of Laughter 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Silence of the Hams 1994 (Movie)

Dr Animal Cannibal Pizza (Actor)

Fievel's American Tails 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Happily Ever After 1993 (Movie)

of Looking Glass (Voice)

Munchie Strikes Back 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Robin Hood: Men in Tights 1993 (Movie)

Don Giovanni (Actor)

A Precious Moments Christmas 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Candid Camera 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Munchie 1992 (Movie)

of Munchie (Voice)

The 19th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic Voyage 1992 (Movie)

of Christopher Columbus (Voice)

The Skateboard Kid 1992 (Movie)

of Rip (Voice)

Almost Pregnant 1991 (Movie)

Doctor Beckhard (Actor)

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West 1991 (Movie)

of Tiger (Voice)

Driving Me Crazy 1991 (Movie)

Mr B (Actor)

A Conversation With Dinah 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Die Laughing 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Dinah Comes Home Again 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Loose Cannons 1990 (Movie)

Gutterman (Actor)

All Dogs Go to Heaven 1989 (Movie)

Voice of Itchy (Actor)

Superstars and Their Moms 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Friday Night Surprise! 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Going Bananas 1988 (Movie)

Big Bad Joe (Actor)

Oliver & Company 1988 (Movie)

of Fagin (Voice)

The Dom DeLuise Show 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Spaceballs 1987 (Movie)

of Pizza the Hutt (Voice)

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Un Tassinaro a New York 1987 (Movie)

Police Chief (Actor)

An American Tail 1986 (Movie)

of Tiger (Voice)

Dom DeLuise and Friends, Part 4 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Haunted Honeymoon 1986 (Movie)

Aunt Kate (Actor)

Dom DeLuise and Friends, Part 3 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Cannonball Run II 1984 (Movie)

Victor--Chaos (Actor)

Dom DeLuise and Friends, Part 2 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Dangerously 1984 (Movie)

The Pope (Actor)

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Funniest Joke I Ever Heard 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Dom DeLuise and Friends 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Baryshnikov in Hollywood 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Dean Martin at the Wild Animal Park 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Magic With the Stars 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 1982 (Movie)

Melvin P Thorpe (Actor)

The Secret of Nimh 1982 (Movie)

of Jeremy (Voice)

Dean Martin's Comedy Classics 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

Emperor Nero (Actor)

The Cannonball Run 1981 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Ann-Margret's Hollywood Movie Girls 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Fatso 1980 (Movie)

Dominick DiNapoli (Actor)

Smokey and the Bandit II 1980 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

Wholly Moses! 1980 (Movie)

Shadrach (Actor)

Hot Stuff 1979 (Movie)

Ernie Fortunato (Actor)

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

Bernie--the Hollywood Agent (Actor)

The Cheap Detective 1978 (Movie)

Pepe Damascus (Actor)

The End 1978 (Movie)

Marlon Borunki (Actor)

The Last Married Couple in America 1978 (Movie)

Walter Holmes (Actor)

Dean Martin's Red Hot Scandals Part 2 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Dean Martin's Red Hot Scandals of 1926 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Sextette 1977 (Movie)

Dan Turner (Actor)

The World's Greatest Lover 1977 (Movie)

Zitz (Actor)

Silent Movie 1976 (Movie)

Dom Bell (Actor)

Blazing Saddles 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lotsa Luck 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dean Martin Show 1965 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Roman Holidays 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Voice

The Golddiggers 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Every Little Crook and Nanny 1971 (Movie)

Ganucci's Lawyer (Actor)

Norwood 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Twelve Chairs 1969 (Movie)

Father Fyodor (Actor)

What's So Bad About Feeling Good? 1968 (Movie)

Monroe (Actor)

The Busy Body 1967 (Movie)

Kurt Brock (Actor)

The Munsters 1964 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Glass Bottom Boat 1965 (Movie)

Julius Pritter (Actor)

Fail Safe 1964 (Movie)

Sergeant Collins (Actor)

Evil Roy Slade (TV Show)

Actor

Happy (Movie)

(Actor)

Henry's Cat (TV Show)

Voice

Only With Married Men (TV Show)

Actor

The Tin Soldier (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

Boys Will Be Boys 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Hot Stuff 1979 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (1)

All Dogs Go to Heaven 1989 (Movie)

("You Can't Keep a Good Dog Down") (Song Performer)

Biography

An energetic comic talent with a hysterical and infectious laugh, Dom DeLuise was a character actor who lent stellar support to some of the biggest names in entertainment in for three decades. A dependable laugh-getter on television in the 1960s, his popularity brought him to features, where he was put to superb use in films by Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder; he was also a frequent sidekick to Burt Reynolds, who seemed incapable of keeping a straight face when DeLuise was around. Not content to rest on his acting alone, he directed two features, contributed performances to countless animated projects, appeared in several operas with the New York Met, and found considerable success as the author of several best-selling cookbooks and children's books.

Born Dominick DeLuise in Brooklyn, NY on Aug. 1, 1933, he was the son of civil servant John DeLuise and his wife Vincenza, whose culinary skills inspired several of his cookbooks. After graduating from Manhattan's High School of the Performing Arts, he was a regular in New York theater and children's television like "The Shari Lewis Show" (NBC, 1960-63). He made his off-Broadway debut in 1960s "The Jackass" before treading the boards on the Great White Way three years later in a production of "The Student Gypsy." By that point, DeLuise was also making the rounds as a comedian on national variety shows like "The Garry Moore Show" (CBS, 1964-67) and "The Entertainers" (CBS, 1964-65). The "Moore Show" gave him one of his most memorable bits, a disastrously inept magician named "Dominic the Great," which made him an audience favorite on numerous programs - most notably "The Dean Martin Show" (NBC, 1965-1974). DeLuise's feature film debut came with Sidney Lumet's nail-biting nuclear drama "Fail-Safe" (1964), where he played an understandably terrified soldier.

DeLuise balanced his television career with regular returns to the stage in the mid and late 1960s and early 1970s, including a stint in Neil Simon's hit "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers;" one of these productions introduced him to actress Carol Arthur, whom he married in 1965. He got a shot at his own variety series in 1968, but "The Dom DeLuise Show" (CBS, 1968) proved short-lived, and he returned to regular guest appearances on "The Glenn Campbell Goodtime Hour" (CBS, 1969-1972) and Dean Martin's variety show and roasts. In 1970, he made "The Twelve Chairs," an eccentric comedy based on the satirical Russian novel of the same name, which marked his first collaboration with Mel Brooks. DeLuise would soon be a member of Brooks' regular company for most of the features that followed. He was film director Buddy Bizarre in "Blazing Saddles" (1974), played Brooks' nitwit assistant Dom Bell in "Silent Movie" (1976), and was the obvious choice to play Emperor Nero in "History of the World Part 1" (1981). Deluise later voiced Pizza the Hut - a monstrous mound of cheese and pepperoni - in Brooks' "Star Wars" parody "Spaceballs" (1987) and delivered his tried-and-true Marlon Brando imitation in "Robin Hoods: Men in Tights" (1993). Brooks' frequent collaborator Gene Wilder later brought DeLuise aboard for his own comic efforts, including "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother" (1975), which gave audiences a taste of the actor's vocal talents in his turn as a hilariously vain opera singer.

In 1978, DeLuise made his first feature with longtime friend Burt Reynolds - the broad comedy "The End," which saw both actors as mental patients who attempt to aid each other's suicide attempts. It was not a sizable hit, but the pair had undeniable chemistry, and would team up on screen for numerous subsequent films. The most popular of these was undeniably "The Cannonball Run" (1981), an all-star vanity project which allowed Reynolds' celebrity pals to mug furiously in between car crash sequences. DeLuise consumed the most scenery as Reynolds' milquetoast mechanic, who transformed into the caped superhero "Captain Chaos" at the most inopportune times. The duo naturally appeared in the lame sequel "Cannonball Run II" (1984), though DeLuise's best turn in his features with Reynolds was that of an eccentric televangelist who targets the "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1982) as a den of iniquity. Both actors would also contribute their immediately identifiable voices to the popular animated film "All Dogs Go to Heaven" (1989) and DeLuise would earn a Daytime Emmy nomination for reprising the role on the subsequent series (ABC/syndicated, 1996-99).

The popularity of his collaborations with Brooks and Reynolds allowed DeLuise to occasionally step out on his own as lead actor, which yielded varying results. He made a competent debut as director in the broad comedy "Hot Stuff" (1979), which featured cameos by many of his celebrity friends, as well as his wife and sons Peter and David, who later enjoyed acting careers of their own (a third son, Michael, also followed in his father's footsteps). DeLuise took a rare dramatic turn for first-time director Anne Bancroft in "Fatso" (1980) as a heavy-set bachelor looking for love. And he made a third attempt at a television series with "The Dom DeLuise Show" (syndicated, 1987-88), a sitcom based in a barbershop which was highlighted by guest appearances by celebrity pals.

By the late 1980s, DeLuise was finding steady work as a voice performer for animated series and features; he made his debut in that field with 1982's unsung "The Secret of NIHM," and won over countless younger viewers as the friendly cat Tiger in the Stephen Spielberg-produced "An American Tail" (1986) and its sequels and spin-off series. He also scored with his first cookbook, Eat This It Will Make You Feel Better (1988), which compiled stories and recipes from his mother's kitchen. A 1997 follow-up also earned favorable sales on bookshelves, and DeLuise later branched out into children's books with 1990's Charlie the Caterpillar and several others. And in 1990, he made his first of several appearances as the jailer Frosch in the New York Metropolitan Opera's productions of "Die Fledermaus." DeLuise also returned to television in the 1990s; first as the host for a daytime syndicated version of "Candid Camera" (1991-93) and later as a recurring character on the revived "Burke's Law" (CBS, 1994-95).

Though still exceptionally active as an actor and voice talent from 2000 on, DeLuise devoted much of his time to his second career as a celebrity chef. He contributed recipes and cooking tips on the syndicated radio series "On the House with the Carey Brothers," and maintained a brisk business in book sales and recipes via his web site, domdeluise.com. In 2006, he suffered a brief health scare when he collapsed in his home; his medical records were also a matter of public record when they were involved in a 2008 news story about hospital staff snooping into confidential files of celebrity patients. A year later, the beloved actor died in his sleep after battling a long illness. He was 75 years old.

Relationships

Carol Arthur

Wife
Married from 1965 until his death in 2009

John DeLuise

Father

Vicenza DeLuise

Mother
Her cooking inspired Dom's cookbook

David DeLuise

Son
Born Nobermber 11, 1971 mother, Carol Arthur

Michael DeLuise

Son
Born August 4, 1970 mother, Carol Arthur

Peter DeLuise

Son
Born Nobermber 6, 1966 mother, Carol Arthur

EDUCATION

The High School of Performing Arts

New York , New York

Tufts University

Medford , Massachusetts

Milestones

1998

Played Cookie the Cook on the PBS children's series "Charlie Horse Music Pizza"

1996

Voiced Itchy Itchiford in the animated series, "All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series" (ABC)

1994

Played the regular role of Vinnie on "Burke's Law" (CBS)

1991

Hosted the syndicated show, "Candid Camera"

1989

Made opera debut in "Orpheus in the Underworld" with the Los Angeles Opera Company

1987

Starred in the syndicated sitcom, "The Dom DeLuise Show"

1986

Co-starred with Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner in "Haunted Honeymoon"; Wilder also wrote and directed

1984

Reprised role for "Cannonball Run II"

1982

Played a supporting role in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" starring Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds

1981

Once again starred opposite Reynolds in the cult comedy hit "The Cannonball Run"

1981

Co-starred in Mel Brooks' "History of the World, Part I"

1980

Played the lead role, opposite Anne Bancroft in "Fatso"; also written and directed by Bancroft

1980

Joined Burt Reynolds for the comedy hit, "Smokey and the Bandit II"

1980

Began directing stage productions at the Burt Reynolds Theatre

1979

Feature film directing debut, "Hot Stuff"; also starred

1978

Co-starred with and directed by Burt Reynolds in "The End"

1976

Once again teamed with Brooks for "Silent Movie"

1975

Co-starred in the comedy film "The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother" directed by and starring Gene Wilder

1974

Re-teamed with Mel Brooks for "Blazing Saddles"

1973

Starred in the NBC sitcom, "Lotsa Luck"

1972

Appeared regularly on "The Dean Martin Show" (NBC)

1970

Was a recurring guest on "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour"

1970

Assumed leading role of Barney Cashman in Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers"

1968

First collaboration with Mel Brooks, "The Twelve Chairs"

1968

Hosted own short-lived variety show, "The Dom DeLuise Show" on CBS

1966

Appeared as a regular on "The Dean Martin Summer Show" (NBC)

1964

Made TV debut on "The Garry Moore Show" (CBS); created character Dominic the Great

1964

Film acting debut in Sidney Lumet's "Fail Safe"

1964

Was as a regular performer (with Carol Burnett and Bob Newhart) in the television show "The Entertainers" (CBS)

1963

First Broadway performance was in "The Student Gypsy"

1960

Made NY stage debut in the off-Broadway production of "Little Mary Sunshine"

Began performing with the Cleveland Playhouse

Bonus Trivia

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Hosted his own radio cooking segment on the syndicated radio show "One the House."

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