Dom Deluise dies

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image ap"><span>AP</span></div><span class="caption-text">FILE - In this Feb. 6, 1990 picture, Singer Luther Vandross, second from left, poses with cast members, from left, Marla Gibbs, Alaina Reed Hall, and Kevin Peter Hall following the taping of a two-part episode of the television series &#34;227&#34; at Sunset-Gower Studios in Los Angeles, Ca. Alaina Reed-Amini, the Broadway star and TV actress best known for her long-running roles on &#34;Sesame Street&#34; and &#34;227,&#34; has died. She was 63. Her publicist said she died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 at St. John&#39;s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. after a two-year battle with breast cancer. &#40;AP Photo&#47;Julie Markes&#41; (AP Photo&#47;Julie Markes)</span></div>
May 5, 2009 8:41:42 AM PDT
Loveable comedian, cook and Brooklyn native Dom DeLuise died last night in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 75. DeLuise was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts.

While appearing on Broadway, he starred in a couple television shows, including one with Carol Burnett and Bob Newhart, and another with Rowan and Martin, Two years later, he was hosting The Dom DeLuise Show.

He met director Mel Brooks, and his film career went into high gear. Brooks cast him in The Twelve Chairs (1970), Blazing Saddles (1974), Silent Movie (1976), History of the World -- Pt. I (1981), and Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993).

Meanwhile, actor Gene Wilder gave the pudgy funster rolls in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975) and The World's Greatest Lover (1978). And Mel Brooks' wife, Anne Bancroft, finally gave DeLuise his own roll in 1980's Fatso.

But DeLuise's best moments were as Burt Reynolds' manic sidekick in The End (1978) and the Cannonball Run flicks.

His most recent work was voice-overs to such animated fare as Oliver and Company (1987), An American Tail (1987), All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989), and A Troll in Central Park (1994).

DeLuise also found success in his later years in a venue that fit his large frame -- cookbooks. The titles included Eat This ... It'll Make You Feel Better, Eat This Too! It'll Also Make You Feel Better, and The Pizza Challenge.

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