Dom DeLuise dies

May 05, 2009 by Ian Evans

Dom DeLuise, the lovable character actor who made us laugh for decades, has died at the age of 75. His agent said that DeLuise passed away Monday evening at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. The family did not release the cause of death.

Besides his acting career, DeLuise was also a chef and authored two cookbooks. As an actor, DeLuise was a favourite of Mel Brooks and appeared in The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, History of the World Part I and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He also worked with pal Burt Reynolds in films like The End, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Smokey and the Bandit II, The Cannonball Run and Cannonball Run II.