Dom DeLuise –

Dominick “Dom” DeLuise (August 1, 1933 – May 4, 2009) was an American actor, comedian, film director, television producer, chef, and author. He was the husband of actress Carol Arthur from 1965 until his death and the father of actor, director, pianist, and writer Peter DeLuise, actor David DeLuise, and actor Michael DeLuise. He starred in a number of movies directed by Mel Brooks, in a series of films with career-long best friend Burt Reynolds, and as a voice actor in various animated films by Don Bluth.

Dom was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian American parents Vincenza “Jennie” , a homemaker, and John DeLuise, a public employee (garbage collector). As the youngest of three children he graduated from Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts and later attended Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Dom DeLuise was Roman Catholic.

An avid cook and author of several books on cooking, he appeared as a regular contributor to a syndicated home improvement radio show giving listeners tips on culinary topics.

In reaction to Dom’s passing his good friend Burt Reynolds said…”As you get older and start to lose people you love, you think about it more, and I was dreading this moment. Dom always made you feel better when he was around.

Mel Brooks said, Dom DeLuise “created so much joy and laughter on the set that you couldn’t get your work done. So every time I made a movie with Dom, I would plan another two days on the schedule just for laughter. It’s a sad day. It’s hard to think of this life and this world without him.”

In 1964, while working in summer theater in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Dom met his wife, actress Carol Arthur. They have three sons.

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