Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Dom DeLuise Passes Away

Comedian and actor Dom DeLuise died Monday night, passing away in his sleep after a long illness. He was 75. With a stage, film and television career spanning 50 years, Dom is remembered for his comedic film roles starring opposite his best friend Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) and the Cannonball Run films from 1981 and 1984. Dom also starred in such hilarious Mel Brooks' films as Blazing Saddles (1974), History of the World Part I, Spaceballs (1987) and Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993). On television, Dom appeared on The Dean Martin Show for eight years and did unforgettable stints on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and The Flip Wilson Show. He also was an occasional substitute stand-in for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show and in 1991 was the host of The New Candid Camera. In addition to his prolific entertainment career, Dom was an accomplished chef, writing two cookbooks and appearing on morning TV programs preparing his favorite recipes. He also penned two children's books and was a fan of opera. Dom is survived by three sons and his wife, Carol of 43 years.

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