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May 5, 2009 10:56 AM   Subscribe

The one, the only, the brilliantly funny Dom DeLuise has passed away.
posted by cerebus19 (121 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by PlusDistance at 10:58 AM on May 5, 2009


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posted by jimmythefish at 11:00 AM on May 5, 2009 [8 favorites]


What in the blistering fuck is a "roly-poly persona"?

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and when I die keep my weight out of the freakin' lede.
posted by Shepherd at 11:00 AM on May 5, 2009 [3 favorites]


I'll always remember him in his brilliant turn as the voice of Pizza the Hut, in Spaceballs, a truly underappreciated cinematic masterpiece.

RIP, Mr. DeLuise.
posted by empyrean at 11:00 AM on May 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


LOL...nice jimmythefish. i'm sure he would have appreciated that.
posted by spicynuts at 11:01 AM on May 5, 2009


D-E-D. Dead.


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posted by mazola at 11:03 AM on May 5, 2009 [2 favorites]


I hope that, wherever he is, he's doing the French Mistake. Voila!

RIP
posted by papercake at 11:04 AM on May 5, 2009 [3 favorites]


Loved him with Burt Reynolds in the Cannonball movies.
posted by jabberjaw at 11:04 AM on May 5, 2009 [2 favorites]


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posted by joelf at 11:05 AM on May 5, 2009


RIP Captain Chaos.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:06 AM on May 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


My favourite Dom scene. I still laugh every time I watch this.

He was also brilliant in The End with Burt Reynolds. Such a funny guy.
posted by gfrobe at 11:10 AM on May 5, 2009 [4 favorites]


He was the best, and, perhaps, the only good thing about The End.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:10 AM on May 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


I enjoyed Hot Stuff, which also starred the late great Jerry Reed (and Ossie Davis).
posted by horsemuth at 11:11 AM on May 5, 2009 [2 favorites]


Whoah. Timing.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:11 AM on May 5, 2009


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posted by Flood at 11:11 AM on May 5, 2009


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posted by box at 11:12 AM on May 5, 2009


Bacchus is dead? Urgo's dead? Koos-A-La-Goop-A-Goop?
Naah, you're messing with me.
posted by Smart Dalek at 11:12 AM on May 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


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posted by jpdoane at 11:15 AM on May 5, 2009


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Wash this.
posted by condour75 at 11:17 AM on May 5, 2009


Treasure bath!
posted by electroboy at 11:18 AM on May 5, 2009


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posted by EatTheWeak at 11:18 AM on May 5, 2009


Are we sure it wasn't Paul Prudhomme?
posted by RavinDave at 11:19 AM on May 5, 2009 [6 favorites]


Anybody else remember The Secret of NIMH?
posted by Afroblanco at 11:21 AM on May 5, 2009 [13 favorites]


He always seemed like an individual ready to simply burst forth with laughter.







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posted by Atreides at 11:23 AM on May 5, 2009


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posted by Thorzdad at 11:24 AM on May 5, 2009


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posted by found missing at 11:26 AM on May 5, 2009


I remember him best for Fatso. "Ever suck the jelly out of a jelly donut?" R.I.P. Dom
posted by Ber at 11:29 AM on May 5, 2009




Have fun up there with, Bea, Dom! You're missed.

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posted by tristeza at 11:34 AM on May 5, 2009


Him? Dead?
Arse.
posted by fullerine at 11:34 AM on May 5, 2009


Anybody else remember The Secret of NIMH?

My wife thinks it's goofy that whenever I see a cool toy or gadget that I want, I quietly lisp "I've always wanted a sparkly of my very own."
posted by JaredSeth at 11:37 AM on May 5, 2009 [3 favorites]


"Watch me, faggot!"
posted by ColdChef at 11:37 AM on May 5, 2009


When I think of Dom DeLuise, I think of Ziplock bags.
posted by diogenes at 11:37 AM on May 5, 2009


Anybody else remember The Secret of NIMH?

Only my favorite movie EVAR! I'd forgotten that Dom DeLuise was the voice of Jeremy.

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posted by sbutler at 11:39 AM on May 5, 2009


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posted by disclaimer at 11:40 AM on May 5, 2009


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posted by squashotheclown at 11:41 AM on May 5, 2009


Dom Deluise stands in the foreground of the developing years of my sense of humor and comedic persona. Larger than life, self-deprecating, bombastic, and avuncular, he always surprised me with his range.

When commenting in the Bea Arthur thread I thought how strange it is that we all seek to eulogize people whom we don't know personally, but right now I think I finally get it. People who make us laugh find a special place in our hearts and never ever leave it. They show us the secret emotional contortions for turning joy into pain and sobbing into fits of laughter. They lead us out of the valley of sadness, misery, and regret by ceaselessly pointing toward the mountain tops of joy.

Thanks Dom. The moments you chose to share with the world meant something to me. You struck a light in some of my darkest times.

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posted by SinisterPurpose at 11:43 AM on May 5, 2009 [3 favorites]


He was fantastic on Dr. Katz.

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posted by Bageena at 11:50 AM on May 5, 2009


Oh, crap. Fatso (trailer) was a great movie (and for me, way too relatable) and I never looked at that wacky guy DeLuise the same again. He lived unhealthily to the age of 75, good for him.


posted by wendell at 11:52 AM on May 5, 2009


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Gonna watch the episode of the Muppet Show with him when I finish work.
posted by Jon_Evil at 11:55 AM on May 5, 2009


He also gave the world Peter DeLuise, whose time in the sun is coming, oh yes, it will come.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:55 AM on May 5, 2009


Speaking of underappreciated, he was also very funny in "The Twelve Chairs", an early Mel Brooks film that isn't as well known as it should be.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 11:58 AM on May 5, 2009 [2 favorites]


Bageena: He was fantastic on Dr. Katz.

Are you thinking of Dom Irrera?

RIP. There are some celebrity passings that feel a bit like getting punched in the stomach, and this was one.
posted by anazgnos at 11:59 AM on May 5, 2009


A sad day. I loved everything he did, even his cookbook "Eat This, it'll Make you Feel Better". My father always loved to do the Captain Chaos "Duhn Duhn Duuuuhhnn!" Time for a Dom film festival I guess.
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posted by dsword at 12:08 PM on May 5, 2009


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posted by Malice at 12:12 PM on May 5, 2009


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posted by JauntyFedora at 12:16 PM on May 5, 2009


He was the ONLY funny thing in The twelve Chairs.
I'm making something from his "Eat This, You'll feel good" cookbook tonight.
posted by Gungho at 12:19 PM on May 5, 2009


Piss on you, he worked for Mel Brooks!



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posted by Spatch at 12:19 PM on May 5, 2009


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posted by Xoebe at 12:21 PM on May 5, 2009


Father Fyodor: I didn't hear that. I didn't hear that. I didn't hear that. I didn't hear that. I didn't hear that. I don't want to hear that don't you understand? I didn't hear that. My God. Hots. That's hot. My dear lady, don't you understand? I need those chairs.—"The Twelve Chairs"
posted by No Robots at 12:30 PM on May 5, 2009


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posted by paddbear at 12:32 PM on May 5, 2009


Guys like him should never die. Don't ask my why.
posted by Senator at 12:32 PM on May 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


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posted by jquinby at 12:34 PM on May 5, 2009


The outtakes from Cannonball Run where Burt Reynolds is slapping D.D. for laughing are priceless.

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posted by HumanComplex at 12:35 PM on May 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


The Cannonball Run outtakes...as done by MTV's The State. Via.
posted by ColdChef at 12:39 PM on May 5, 2009 [2 favorites]


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I always want to enjoy my life as much as he seemed to enjoy his.
posted by any major dude at 12:44 PM on May 5, 2009


Can I declare a moratorium on fantastic people dying for a while? God, what a year.


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posted by Dormant Gorilla at 12:46 PM on May 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


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Another Secrets of NIMH fan here, and Cannonball Run.
posted by doctor_negative at 12:49 PM on May 5, 2009


He also gave the world Peter DeLuise

Yes he did. And Peter has been responsible for so many bad/ wonderful Sci-fi shows that I've enjoyed. that I stopped being weirded out by seeing Penhall's name in front of Stargate episodes and just learned that when it came up, it would probably be a good one.

Just one of the many wonderful things that Dom gave us.

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posted by quin at 12:51 PM on May 5, 2009


WASH THIS!

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posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 12:56 PM on May 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


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posted by Navelgazer at 12:57 PM on May 5, 2009


Crap. I did mix up my Doms. Alright then. I second or third the love for him in Secret of Nimh. Forget what I said about Dr. Katz.

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posted by Bageena at 12:57 PM on May 5, 2009


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posted by gomichild at 1:02 PM on May 5, 2009


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Bummer.
posted by schyler523 at 1:04 PM on May 5, 2009


Most awesomest infectious laugh ever. The blooper reel for *Smoky and the Bandit* of Deluise and Reynolds, is so so ridiculiously funny.

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posted by Skygazer at 1:08 PM on May 5, 2009


Tonight Show egg fight.
posted by mazola at 1:11 PM on May 5, 2009 [3 favorites]


Oops..I mean Cannonball Run. (God, how funny is that shit is with Reynolds slapping Deluise. It makes me laugh just thinking about it.)
posted by Skygazer at 1:14 PM on May 5, 2009


Cinco de Mayo Dom!
posted by doctorschlock at 1:22 PM on May 5, 2009


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posted by kimdog at 1:29 PM on May 5, 2009


Oh, man, I am so with Skygazer -- the blooper reel for anything with Dom DeLuise in it is a sidebuster.


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posted by crickets at 1:32 PM on May 5, 2009


While not his best role by any stretch, the lady and I caught Robin Hood: Men in Tights over the weekend and I found myself wondering if he was still alive.

So...

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posted by SpiffyRob at 1:32 PM on May 5, 2009


"Who knows, if you get your tongue fixed, you could make millions of people happy!"
We'll miss you, Dom.
posted by Capt Jingo at 1:34 PM on May 5, 2009


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posted by lysistrata at 1:35 PM on May 5, 2009


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I have a two degree separation of the DeLuises type thing. And according to said degree the family was pretty frigg'n crazy. Awesome dinners and funny as hell. But crazy.
posted by tkchrist at 1:40 PM on May 5, 2009


I loved him in Mel Brooks's Silent Movie.
posted by Pallas Athena at 1:54 PM on May 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


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posted by ahdeeda at 2:00 PM on May 5, 2009


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posted by sueinnyc at 2:01 PM on May 5, 2009


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The streets of heaven will be a little safer now that Him is there.

Captain Chaos, RIP.
posted by zarq at 2:01 PM on May 5, 2009


He was the ONLY funny thing in The twelve Chairs.

Oh lord . . . you're so strict!
posted by nola at 2:05 PM on May 5, 2009


He also gave the world Peter DeLuise, whose time in the sun is coming, oh yes, it will come.

Dom DeLuise does a spot on Stargate SG-1, directed by Peter, that I thought was a lot of fun.

I'm just into my sixth season of Stargate, which I love, and what's cool about Peter is that he is himself the biggest fan of the show. And he's way cute. So he's already in the sun for some of us...
posted by troybob at 2:10 PM on May 5, 2009


I hope you got your sparkly.
posted by PenDevil at 2:18 PM on May 5, 2009


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posted by mds35 at 2:20 PM on May 5, 2009


"Take it and win, Captain!"
"Right, J.J.!"

I remember when Leonard Maltin on GMA was panning Cannonball Run 2. He admitted that Dom DeLuise was funny, "but then again - Dom DeLuise would be funny doing the weather". I thought that was an interesting insight into his comedic style. He would have been funny doing the weather.
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 2:20 PM on May 5, 2009


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posted by indiebass at 2:29 PM on May 5, 2009


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posted by chairface at 2:31 PM on May 5, 2009


Dom DeLuise made secret of Nimh my favorite movie as a kid. A sparkly of my very own.
posted by Foam Pants at 2:32 PM on May 5, 2009


Better fat and happy than thin and miserable. Glad to see he had a long life.

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posted by jonp72 at 3:02 PM on May 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


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posted by mike3k at 3:04 PM on May 5, 2009


We're a duo,
a duo,
a pair of lonely ones who were meant to be a two!
Oh, a duo,
it's true-o,
wherever we go, we're going me and you!

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posted by Talez at 4:17 PM on May 5, 2009


"Alligators? Did you say Alligators?!?"
posted by Cyrano at 4:19 PM on May 5, 2009


His episode of The Muppet Show was just amazing to go back and watch as an adult (particularly around about 5:08)....
posted by dilettante at 4:56 PM on May 5, 2009


What a wonderful man, and wacky life. He was one-of-a-kind.
I hope he's laughing for all eternity.

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posted by dbiedny at 5:18 PM on May 5, 2009


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posted by exlotuseater at 5:21 PM on May 5, 2009



Anybody else remember The Secret of NIMH?


Right here, great movie, they don't make kids movies like that anymore. And yeah Dom D. was good in it.
posted by Liquidwolf at 6:24 PM on May 5, 2009


I was less than 5 years old when my father knew to call me into the TV room if he came on.
posted by StickyCarpet at 6:53 PM on May 5, 2009


Oh sad. I'm pretty sure a majority of my childhood film experience was spent hearing his voice in cartoons. I still remember seeing "Fievel Goes West" in the theater. My mom fell asleep, and the gunshot that came with the "The End" sign woke her up.

They just don't make 'em the same these days.
posted by Kimothy at 7:00 PM on May 5, 2009


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What a wonderful gift, wonderful talent. From his work with reynolds to henson to his voiceover work. Luckily the recorded media holds up and future generations will still be able to enjoy him!

Woulda been nice if somebody made a big tribute post, tho.. well, poot.
posted by cavalier at 7:08 PM on May 5, 2009


I am very sorry to hear of his passing. I rarely if ever found anything he did funny, but that doesn't matter, since he clearly brought a lot of joy to others.
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 7:21 PM on May 5, 2009


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posted by lapolla at 7:22 PM on May 5, 2009


"God - you're soooooo strict!"

From the 12 Chairs, which I got to see in the theatre. It thoroughly amused.
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 7:40 PM on May 5, 2009


It's been a bad year for legendary comedians. Soon we'll be stuck with Dane Cook.

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R.I.P., Dom.
posted by Mael Oui at 8:14 PM on May 5, 2009


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posted by phrits at 8:15 PM on May 5, 2009


His scenes with the barber in The World's Greatest Lover still crack me up. All he's doing is slapping the poor guy around but it's hilarious. Actually that whole film is pretty damn funny, I'm surprised it hasn't become a cult classic. RIP, Dom.
posted by Devils Slide at 9:56 PM on May 5, 2009


So original - so FUNNY!

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posted by The Light Fantastic at 10:03 PM on May 5, 2009


okay...too much booze...
posted by The Light Fantastic at 10:04 PM on May 5, 2009


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posted by Mitheral at 10:25 PM on May 5, 2009


Amen on "Hot Stuff" -- Dom is/was simply a happy, fun guy, and it shone through in everything I can remember seeing him in. RIP, Dom.

BTW, anyone remember some sort of cheap syndicated show he did (maybe early 90s), featuring him as a barber?
posted by davidmsc at 10:31 PM on May 5, 2009


As much as I hate to admit it, SpiffyRob is right: Robin Hood: Men in Tights wasn't great. But it was revered among my friends in middle school, so I'm pretty nostalgic about it. I can't help but laugh now watching Dom DeLuise's big scene in it. I showed the movie to my boyfriend a few years ago, and while he didn't really appreciate it like I did, he insisted on rewatching that scene.

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posted by joan cusack the second at 10:52 PM on May 5, 2009


Remember that lady from "Blazing Saddles" ...

Harriet Johnson: WE THE WHITE, GODFEARING CITIZENS OF ROCK RIDGE wish to express our extreme displeasure with your choice of sheriff. Please remove him immediately! The fact that you have sent him here just goes to prove that you are the leading asshole in the state!

You guys knew that was Dom's wife, right?
posted by RavinDave at 11:54 PM on May 5, 2009


I heard today that Dom DeLuise has an appearance in practically every season of Stargate.

Anyone know if this is accurate? I sure don't remember him being in that....
posted by JHarris at 1:22 AM on May 6, 2009


Dom guest starred in one episode (did a great job), around Season 3 or so. His son, Peter, directed many episodes (as well as being a producer), and often, when he did direct, he'd put himself in a scene somehow. It's probably safe to say that Peter makes an appearance almost every season for a few seconds.
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