->''"I became a comedian when they laughed at my serious acting."''

Recognized instantly by young moviegoers of the Eighties and Nineties for his constantly wheezing voice and constantly cheerful, if quirky, disposition, Dominick "Dom" [=DeLuise=] (August 1, 1933 -- May 4, 2009) first started his acting profession on stage, his first role being Tinker the toymaker in a local children's program, soon moving on to comedies like the off-Broadway "The Jackass", where he truly started to shine. In fact, former partner Creator/MelBrooks once quipped that when he hired Dom for one of his films, he would "instinctively add another two days to the schedule because of the constant laughter Dom provided on the set". Along with Brooks, Dom frequently worked with Creator/DonBluth, and was frequently the only actor to [[RoleReprisal reprise their characters]] in the many DirectToVideo sequels they received.

[=DeLuise=] died on May 4, 2009 of kidney failure and respiratory complications from cancer.

He has three sons, two of whom (Peter and Michael) became featured players of the early Fox TV series, ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', and a third (David) who has an [[Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace interesting]] [[WesternAnimation/MegasXLR resume]] [[WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles himself.]]

!!Works Dom [=DeLuise=] has appeared in:
* ''Film/FailSafe'' (his debut) - Sgt. Collins
* ''Series/TheMunsters'' - Replaced Creator/PaulLynde as Dr. Dudley in the character's final appearance.
* ''Film/TheTwelveChairs'' - Father Fyodor
* ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' - Buddy Bizarre
* ''Film/SilentMovie'' - Dom Bell
* ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' - Bernie The Agent
* ''Film/TheCannonballRun'' - Victor Prinzim a.k.a. Captain Chaos
* ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI'' - Emperor Nero
* ''Film/{{Fatso}}'' - Dominick [=DiNapoli=]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' (and its sequel) - Jeremy
* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' (films and TV series) - Tiger
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' - Pizza The Hutt
* ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' - Fagin
* ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'' (films and TV series) - Itchy Itchiford
* ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' - Don Giovanni
* ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark'' - Stanley
* ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheHams'' - Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' - Koosalagoopagoop
* ''WesternAnimation/LionOfOz'' - Oscar Diggs/Wizard of Oz
* ''Film/EvilRoySlade'' - Dr. Logan Delp
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' - Urgo
!!Tropes Associated with Dom [=DeLuise=]:

* BigFun
* ForWantOfANail: In his favor. Creator/MelBrooks originally wanted to to give the role of Father Fyodor in ''Film/TheTwelveChairs'' to Creator/PeterSellers, but Sellers wasn't available, so the role went to Dom instead. Dom would then end up as a member of Brooks' ProductionPosse, appearing in a total of six Brooks films over the course of twenty years.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Creator/BurtReynolds. The two were best friends for many years until [=DeLuise=]'s death, and acted together in many projects over the years. At the funeral, Reynolds expressed how difficult it was to acknowledge that the world - and life - would continue to turn without his best friend by his side.
* LargeHam: Yes.
* NiceGuy
* PigeonholedVoiceActor: Often plays a nice and innocent (or at least, one with a set of morals that means well), bumbling non-human supporting character whenever he's cast in a Creator/DonBluth movie.
* SelfDeprecation: Was not afraid to laugh at his own struggles with obesity, as best shown by his roles in ''Film/{{Fatso}}'' and ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''.