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Dom DeLuise Dies

Dom DeLuise, the bald, roly-poly sidekick in many Mel Brooks films and in Burt Reynolds's "Cannonball Run" movies, has reportedly died in Los Angeles, accd to the entertainment gossip site TMZ. Story is developing.

DeLuise was a stage and TV performer early in his career, best known for his routine as Dominick the Great as seen here with Dean Martin:

Some of you movie buffs may recall one of his earliest film appearances came in Sidney Lumet's 1964 nuclear holocaust drama "Fail-Safe," in which he played a nervous young airman.

By Adam Bernstein |  May 5, 2009; 11:59 AM ET
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He was a funny and great character actor - we will miss him

Posted by: Stevida | May 5, 2009 2:09 PM he is with so many others who have gone before him and we're left with what passes for entertainers in 2009.

Posted by: Sharon_59 | May 5, 2009 2:21 PM

I always thought Dom was awesome! My first movie I saw with him was Smokey and the Bandit II. I also loved him in " The End " with Burt Reynolds.
I bet Burt really is Sad today?

Posted by: yankeemtg | May 5, 2009 3:16 PM

Dom was a hugely funny guy. And he had a huge acting progeny. He and his sons will be familiar to younger generations for their work in the Stargate TV franchise. Urgo is no more.

Posted by: hlabadie | May 5, 2009 3:27 PM

A very funny man.He was also a great chef,my sons favorite spaghetti recipe came from his cookbook.We will miss him

Posted by: mitzibooo | May 5, 2009 4:26 PM

Tom & fran mccourt of florida will miss our dear friend dom.

Posted by: Tem1953 | May 5, 2009 5:43 PM

Has anyone noticed the similarity of his mannerisms with those of "Ross the Intern" on Leno?

Posted by: Meridian1 | May 5, 2009 9:23 PM

hlabadie, you're absolutely right. while i grew up loving dom deluise in all of mel brooks' films, it was really the far reaches of what a father's support can do to bolster the success of his children. peter directed, i dunno, 30-40 episodes of Stargate-SG1(including the wonderful urgo episode with his father, where he makes a cameo as "young Urgo") and Stargate: Atlantis, as well as his contributions both as director and actor on Andromeda and Sanctuary. David too was wonderful as Sam's boyfriend/fiance on SG1. dom will certainly be missed, and leaves behind a magnificent catalogue of material that i am convinced will exist as long as there is laughter to be had. he's also given us a family so talented that his kids will honor him in everything that they do.

Posted by: redbeard28 | May 5, 2009 10:21 PM

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