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Dom DeLuise – Entertainer, Extraordinaire!

Entertainment | September 14, 2018

Dom DeLuise in 'The Twelve Chairs' Dom DeLuise about to smash a chair in a scene from the film 'The Twelve Chairs', 1970. (Photo by Universal Marion Corporation/Getty Images)

Dominick DeLuise, better known by his professional stage name, Dom DeLuise, is one of the funniest guys from the groovy era. In addition to having a comical outlook on life, he was an iconic actor, director, producer, author and so much more.

Dom DeLuise was a very notable entertainer back in the counterculture days.

DeLuise’s parents came to the United States from Italy as immigrants. They arrived here in search of the great American dream. DeLuise’s father worked hard as a garbage man in order to give his family a better life. That would prove to be, at least for Dom DeLuise, a good move. If they had not made that leap of faith, DeLuise may not have ever gained the stardom he enjoyed throughout his lifetime.

Dom DeLuise had his first big acting break on when he appeared as “Dominick the Great,” a magician on The Gary Moore Show, a once popular variety show.

Naturally talented, Dom DeLuise held audiences captive with his quick wit, happy go lucky demeanor and bright personality. He was rarely seen on or off screen without an ear to ear, toothy smile on that round face of his.

Dom DeLuise’s children followed in his footsteps and pursued careers in the entertainment arena.

DeLuise was always interested in theater and acting. Back in the 60’s he was involved with summer theater which is where he met the love of his life; his wife, Carol. The two were made for each other and later married. They went on to have 3 talented sons who would follow in their father’s entertainer footsteps. The entire DeLuise family even acted together in a television movie in the early 80’s called, Happy.

Dom DeLuise starred in many epic Mel Brooks’ movie productions.

Funny guy, Mel Brooks has been known for his zany brand of comedy. That being the case, it takes just the right personalities to fulfill his visions. Brooks was very good at hand picking just the right people to act in his productions and of course, they all had to mesh. Dom DeLuise was one of his picks appearing in 6 of Brooks’ productions; The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and, possibly most notably, Emperor Nero in History of the World---Part I. In addition to stage and screen appearances, Dom DeLuise also appeared in voice acting roles in animated films produced by Dan Bluth.

DeLuise wasn’t just popular with audiences but was popular among his peers. Dom DeLuise and Burt Reynolds were well known to be long time best friends.

Dom DeLuise and Burt Reynolds had a lot in common, including their keen sense of humor, and considered themselves to be best friends. They acted opposite each other in several box office hits including Smokey and the Bandit II, Cannonball Run, Cannonball Run II, The End, All Dogs go to Heaven and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. 

From summer theater, starring television and cameo roles to voice acting, big screen roles, game show host and children’s book author, Dom DeLuise never disappointed. He was a natural entertainer with so much to give and gave he did! Later in life he also became known as a celebrity chef and published a cookbook called, “Eat This… It’ll Make You Feel Better."  And that is all he ever wanted to do… make people feel better with his brand of comedy.  

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Rebeka Knott

Writer

Rebeka grew up in the 1960’s & 1970’s and has always subscribed to the theory that a positive attitude will take you far! She is a wife and mother of 3 with a fun-loving spirit, believing that family and relationships are invaluable.