Funnyman Dom DeLuise Dies at 75

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Dom DeLuise, an antic comedian whose chubby frame and daffy darting glances delighted audiences on stage, television and in the movies for five decades, died Monday night. One of his three sons, actor Michael DeLuise, told KTLA-TV and radio station KNX in Los Angeles that his father passed away peacefully in his sleep around 6:30 p.m. after a long illness. His raucous performances also enlivened two Gene Wilder comedies: "The World's Greatest Lover" (1977) and "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother" (1975). 1

Dom DeLuise, the portly actor-comedian whose affable nature made him a popular character actor for decades with movie and TV audiences as well as directors and fellow actors, has died. The actor, who loved to cook and eat almost as much as he enjoyed acting, also carved out a formidable second career later in life as a chef of fine cuisine. As an actor, he was incredibly prolific, appearing in scores of movies and TV shows, in Broadway plays and voicing characters for numerous cartoon shows. DeLuise was also the voice of Pizza the Hutt in Brooks' "Star Wars" parody, "Spaceballs". 2
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