Dom DeLuise

Dom DeLuise, who used his ample figure and burlesque instincts to comic ends in dozens of film comedies and a handful of stage shows, died May 4, 2009, at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 75. Mr. DeLuise played every human vice and virtue — sloth, hunger, cowardice, ambition, kindness, sorrow — to overblown, comedic excess. Even when standing still, he seemed to be bathed in panicky flop sweat, his plump face quivering with reactive emotion. Along with Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman and Harvey Korman, he was a member of Mel Brooks' unofficial repertory company, and is perhaps best remembered for a string of films he made with the director, beginning with "The Twelve Chairs," and including "Blazing Saddles," "Silent Movie," "Spaceballs" and "History of the World, Part I." In the latter, he played a louche Caesar who burped, scratched himself, passed gas, bit into a bunch of grapes and spat before he even uttered a single word.

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  • Born: Aug 1, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Death: May 4, 2009 in Los Angeles, California