Dom DeLuise was a mirthful, moon-faced comic actor who provided unique comedic flair in television variety shows, movies, the stage and the written word. He is considered one of Hollywood's most gifted natural comedic giants.
DeLuise became a household name through his movie collaborations with Mel Brooks, which included "Blazing Saddles" and "History of the World: Part I," and Burt Reynolds, with whom he starred in "Smokey and the Bandit II" and "The Cannonball Run," among others.
The visually and verbally funny actor also worked with other comic film greats, such as Gene Wilder, Neil Simon and Mae West.
The Brooklyn-born entertainer, who got his start on the stage and in children's television in the 1950s, emerged as a unique comedic force on TV variety shows in the 1960s working alongside Dean Martin, Carol Burnett and Bob Newhart.
Even opera was in his reach. He performed in the Los Angeles Opera Company's "Orpheus in the Underworld" and he played Frosh the Jailer in the New York Metropolitan Opera Company production of "Die Fledermaus," among other productions.