Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Dom DeLuise 1933-2009

Comedian, actor and chef Dom Deluise has passed away in his sleep. He was suffering from kidney failure and respiratory problems as a result of his battle with cancer. He was 75.

His film debut was in Sidney Lumet's classic Fail-Safe, and amused television audiences first on "The Dean Martin Show." Active in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, DeLuise was known mainly for his films with director Mel Brooks and also for frequently playing sidekick to Burt Reynolds. Reynolds himself told the press, "I was dreading this moment. Dom always made everyone feel better when he was around. I never heard him say an unkind word about anyone. I will miss him very much."

Dom was also the author of many cookbooks of his favorite Italian recipes, including "Eat This" and Eat This Too," as well as a handful of children's books. He'll be missed. Applaud now, this is the end.


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