"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 Mel Brooks 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 Don Bluth, and was known to reprise the characters he voiced in just about every sequel or TV series they later appeared in.He has three sons, two of whom (Peter and Michael) became featured players of the early Fox TV series, 21 Jump Street, and a third (David) who has an interesting resume himself.
Works Dom Deluise has appeared in:
- Fail Safe (his debut) - Sgt. Collins
- The Munsters - Replaced Paul Lynde as Dr. Dudley in the character's final appearance.
- The Twelve Chairs - Father Fyodor
- Blazing Saddles - Buddy Bizarre
- Silent Movie - Dom Bell
- The Muppet Movie - Bernie The Agent
- The Cannonball Run - Victor Prinzim a.k.a. Captain Chaos
- History of the World Part I - Emperor Nero
- Fatso - Dominick DiNapoli
- The Secret Of NIMH (and its sequel) - Jeremy
- An American Tail (films and TV series) - Tiger
- Spaceballs - Pizza The Hutt
- Oliver & Company - Fagin
- All Dogs Go to Heaven (films and TV series) - Itchy Itchiford
- Robin Hood: Men in Tights - Don Giovanni
- A Troll in Central Park - Stanley
- The Silence Of The Hams - Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza
- Dexter's Laboratory - Koosalagoopagoop
- Lion of Oz - Oscar Diggs/Wizard of Oz
Tropes Associated with Dom DeLuise:
- Big Fun
- The Danza: Sort of. He was cast in Silent Movie as Dom Bell.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Burt Reynolds. 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.
- Hey, It's That Guy!/Hey, It's That Voice!: Tends to happen a lot when he shows up.
- Large Ham: Yes.
- Pigeonholed Voice Actor: 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 Don Bluth movie.
- Production Posse: He's frequently teamed up with Don Bluth or Mel Brooks. Also appeared in 3 of the 5 films that his friend Gene Wilder directed.
- Self-Deprecation: Was not afraid to laugh at his own struggles with obesity, as best shown by his roles in Fatso and Spaceballs.