Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Aw, Man...Dom DeLuise Dead at 75

Sad news today from the world of entertainment - and books, too, since Dom was the author of a couple of cookbooks.

According to his son, Dom DeLuise passed away last night. Dom seldom failed to make me laugh whether it was on television or in the movies that I spotted him. He was one of the funniest men of his generation, and that is saying a lot when one considers how many great comics were working at Don's peak.

A Houston Chronicle article had this to say about Mr. DeLuise:

He was 75.

His son, Michael DeLuise, told Los Angeles TV station KTLA and radio station KNX that his father died Monday night.

The actor, who loved to cook and eat almost as much as he enjoyed acting, also carved out a formidable second career later in life as a chef of fine cuisine. He authored two cookbooks and would appear often on morning TV shows to whip up his favorite recipes.

As an actor, he was incredibly prolific, appearing in scores of movies and TV shows, in Broadway plays and voicing characters for numerous cartoon shows.
I never had the pleasure of meeting Dom DeLuise but it still feels as if I've lost an old friend. He was one of the most genuinely likable entertainers ever and he will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Dom.

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