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Dom DeLuise Dies At 75

Dom DeLuise Dies At 75

Legendary actor-director Dom DeLuise died in his sleep at age 75, reports TMZ.

DeLuise is best known for his roles in several Mel Brooks‘ classics, such as Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

JustJared.com had the pleasure of interviewing one of his three sons, David, in Puerto Rico earlier this year while he was shooting The Wizards of Waverly Place movie for Disney Channel.

David shared about how he was born into acting: “Well my dad is Dom DeLuise, I basically was born and my dad said, “Be happy, be sad, cry! Now make me laugh!” We would play games as a kid…we would have Sunday get-togethers where Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks, my godparents, were there. There was Carl Reiner, Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, so I was surrounded by very talented and funny people. And somehow, at a young age, I was able to make them laugh, which was good!”

David continued, “When I was little, I said to my dad that I wanted to act, and he said, ‘Well, you can always do that but you can’t always have a childhood, so why don’t you focus on that.’ Now saying that, I auditioned for a part to be his son in a TV movie that he produced, so I was with my dad! And that was my first real taste of acting. The movie was called Happy, where he played a clown who witnesses a murder, and it was a mafia hit. It was based on a true story – they made it look like it wasn’t a hit, and they shot down all these people, and the Italian guy put black makeup on and a wig, and he dressed up as a black guy. But because my dad knew makeup and costuming, he was like, that wasn’t a black guy, it was an Italian guy!”

Lastly, David shared, “So I did a couple of things with my dad and my brother on 21 Jump Street, he directed an episode and he put me in it. Then in 12th grade I decided that I really wanted to act, so I got an agent and was in a couple of commercials, and pretty much out of school I just focused on acting.”

RIP.

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  • Sarah

    R.I.P. At least he died in his sleep, that’s the “best” way to leave…

  • Sarah

    R.I.P. At least he died in his sleep, that’s the “best” way to leave…

  • so sad :((((((

    R.I.P

  • darrrrrrrr

    R.I.P

  • darrrrrrrr

    R.I.P

  • tanya

    RIP Dom u were da best….the family are great actors, they are in my prayers….

  • MisterHate

    If it wasn’t for Dom DeLuise Robin Williams would have no material. RIP Dom.

  • bailey

    this is so sad.

  • Ford

    I am very sad to read this! RIP Dom.

  • joanne

    Rest in peace. condolences to David and his family

  • Liset Lee

    R.I.P Dom Deluise

  • ellie’

    Rest in peace Dom Deluise, my prayers are with you & family..

  • cutiepie32

    He was such a wonderful man and will be greatly missed.

  • Pandor@

    RIP dear Dom!
    Stay strong,guys! :’(

  • Rene Napoli

    I knew this nice man in the late 1980′s. I will never forget the nice memories we shared.

  • http://ww.thestretchmarkcream.com/ John

    Mannnnn…
    I can’t believe he died..
    loved him so much.

  • http://dougautos.com D.davis

    Dom Deluise was a true inspiration and will be missed. My Prayers go out to His Family, and True Friends.

  • kiss

    He’s a lucky man to have gotten the peaceful death. My he rest in peace and may God bless his soul.

  • zzzz

    Nooo! We’ve lost a wonderful man and comedic genius. I’m glad he at least went peacefully. My deepest condolences to his family.

  • lorraine

    Dom Deluise was a naughty, bawdy cherub–I’ll always remember with fondness his hilarious appearances on The Dean Martin Show, and uproarious turns in movies like “The Twelve Chairs,” “The History of the World, Part I” and so many others. He was funny, he was unique, and he will be missed. Thanks for the laughter, Mr. D. RIP.

  • LANENI

    RIP

  • laughing kitty

    Thank you Dom DeLuise for the laughter! He’s now tickling the funny bones “upstairs”. RIP . . . .you and your laughter have left a hole in the world and will be missed.

  • Luis

    This is a huge lost for the World… this man was a great one! Im very sorry and all of my condolences to the DeLuise Family.,…

  • cathy6856

    Good-bye Dom. Your battle with cancer is finally over, rest in peace.

    Earth will be a sadder place, as they do not make them like you any more. You leave very large shoes to be filled . . . with no one (yet) to fill them.

    Prayers to Carol, Peter, Michael, and David as well as to your many friends.

  • cosi

    NO WAY!!! OH NO…

  • ****

    It’s because he was so fat. My grandfather is 77 and he still puts in a full work day.

  • http://www.crookedbrook.com/ Vestes de Cuisine

    Sad.

  • amy

    so sorry. loved him. funny man. condolences to the family.

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