Dom DeLuise

Dom DeLuise

Highest Rated: 96% The Secret of NIMH (1982)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Silence of the Hams (1994)

Birthday: Aug 1, 1933

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

With his trademark heavyset figure and attitude of manic glee, the genial Dom DeLuise rose to prominence as one of America's most beloved comedic character actors. Born Dominick DeLuise in Brooklyn in 1933, the future star attended the High School for the Performing Arts in Manhattan, then graduated from Tufts University in Boston. DeLuise wasted no time in making a beeline for television, and though early efforts were low-profiled, including a turn as Tinker the Toymaker on the daytime children's show Tinker's Workshop and the portrayal of a bumbling detective named Kenny Ketchum on The Shari Lewis Show, DeLuise's popularity spread, carrying him swiftly into other formats and venues. DeLuise initially graduated to primetime variety courtesy of The Garry Moore show, where he enjoyed recurring sketches as an inept magician named Dominick the Great. He then appeared on innumerable subsequent variety programs (often as a regular contributor) including The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, The Dean Martin Show, and The Flip Wilson Show. The comic made the leap into filmdom as early as the earnest Cold War thriller Fail-Safe (1964) (as an edgy flier), but drama didn't serve him well. He found a much stronger suit in comedy, initially courtesy of Mel Brooks, who cast him in films beginning with The Twelve Chairs (1970), as a shifty priest, Father Fyodor. Their collaborations extended to the 1976 Silent Movie (as studio man Dom Bell), the 1981 History of the World, Part I (as Emperor Nero), the 1986 Spaceballs (as the voice of Pizza the Hut), and the 1993 Robin Hood: Men in Tights (as the godfather-like Don Giovanni). The actor received additional screen exposure via friendships with Gene Wilder (in whose outings The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother and The World's Greatest Lover he co-starred) and Burt Reynolds, who -- in one of either's finest moments -- cast DeLuise as an around-the-bend asylum resident who tries to assist Reynolds' character with a suicide bid in the jet-black comedy The End (1978). Unfortunately, additional Reynolds collaborations didn't fare so well -- they included such schlocky vehicles as the Cannonball Run series -- but helped DeLuise maintain a familiar profile. He teamed with Mel Brooks' wife, Anne Bancroft, for a starring role in that actress' directorial debut, the comedy-drama Fatso (1980), but it earned mostly lukewarm reviews. In the meantime, DeLuise himself took the director's chair for the nutty caper comedy Hot Stuff, which gleaned a generally positive critical and public reception. As time rolled on, DeLuise unfortunately drifted into filmic material that suffered from serious lapses in quality and judgment, witness his performances as a porn lord in Bob Clark's wretched buddy farce Loose Cannons and convict Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza in the horror send-up Silence of the Hams, both enormous box office flops. Taking critical and public reactions to these efforts as a cue, the comic accepted fewer and few assignments as the misfires happened and instead began to place a strong emphasis on his own cooking skills; the gifted chef authored two well-received cookbooks, the 1988 Eat This...It'll Make You Feel Better! and the 1997 Eat This Too!...It'll Also Make You Feel Better. DeLuise also published a series of books for children, such as the 1990 Charlie the Caterpillar and the 2007 The Pouch Potato. Dom DeLuise died in May 2009 at the age of 75. He was survived by his wife since 1965, actress Carol Arthur, and three sons, Peter, Michael, and David.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Horrorween Actor 2010
No Score Yet The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond Actor 2009
No Score Yet According to Dom Actor 2009
No Score Yet Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon Actor 2008
No Score Yet Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm Actor 2006
25% Girl Play Gabriel 2004
No Score Yet On Your Marx, Get Set, Go! Actor 2004
No Score Yet Remarks on Marx: A Night at the Opera Actor 2004
No Score Yet The Italian Americans Actor 2004
No Score Yet All Dogs Christmas Carol Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Ivan Lucre 2000
No Score Yet An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster Tiger 2000
No Score Yet An American Tail 3: The Treasure of Manhattan Island Tiger 2000
No Score Yet Lion of Oz and the Badge of Courage Oscar 2000
2% Baby Geniuses Lenny 1999
No Score Yet My X-Girlfriend's Wedding Reception The Priest 1999
No Score Yet The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue Jeremy 1998
No Score Yet The Godson The Oddfather/Don Calzone 1998
No Score Yet An All Dogs Christmas Carol Itchy/Ghost of Chistmas Past 1998
No Score Yet Precious Moments: Timmy's Gift Actor 1998
No Score Yet Boys Will Be Boys Director Chef 1997
20% All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 Itchy Itchiford 1996
No Score Yet Red Line Jerry 1995
No Score Yet The Tin Soldier Mr. Fallon 1995
44% Don't Drink the Water Father Drobney 1994
17% A Troll in Central Park Stanley 1994
0% The Silence of the Hams Animal Cannibal Pizza 1994
40% Robin Hood: Men in Tights Don Giovanni 1993
No Score Yet The Magic Voyage (Die Abenteuer von Pico und Columbus) Christopher Columbus 1993
40% Happily Ever After Looking Glass 1993
No Score Yet The Skateboard Kid Rip 1993
No Score Yet Munchie Munchie 1992
54% An American Tail - Fievel Goes West Tiger 1991
No Score Yet Driving Me Crazy Mr. B 1991
No Score Yet Almost Pregnant Doctor Beckhard 1991
0% Loose Cannons Harry Gutterman 1990
44% All Dogs Go To Heaven Itchy 1989
51% Oliver & Company Fagin 1988
No Score Yet Going Bananas Big Bad Joe 1988
59% Spaceballs Pizza the Hutt 1987
70% An American Tail Tiger 1986
18% Haunted Honeymoon Aunt Kate 1986
44% Johnny Dangerously The Pope 1984
13% Cannonball Run II Victor 1984
No Score Yet Happy Roger Hanover 1983
No Score Yet Peter-No Tail Actor 1983
56% The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Melvin 1982
96% The Secret of NIMH Jeremy 1982
30% The Cannonball Run Victor Prinzim / Captain Chaos 1981
60% History of the World---Part I Emperor Caeser 1981
17% Smokey and the Bandit II Doc 1980
14% Wholly Moses! Shadrach 1980
No Score Yet The Last Married Couple in America Walter Holmes 1980
33% Fatso Dominick DiNapoli 1980
88% The Muppet Movie Bernie - the Hollywood Agent 1979
No Score Yet Hot Stuff Director Ernie Fortunato 1979
60% The End Marlon Borunki 1978
18% Sextette Dan Turner 1978
47% The Cheap Detective Pepe Damascus 1978
17% The World's Greatest Lover Adolph Zitz 1977
79% Silent Movie Dom Bell 1976
No Score Yet The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother Gambetti 1975
91% Blazing Saddles Buddy Bizarre 1974
No Score Yet Only with Married Men Actor 1974
No Score Yet Evil Roy Slade Logan Delp 1972
No Score Yet Every Little Crook and Nanny Azzecca 1972
No Score Yet Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Irwin 1971
93% The Twelve Chairs Father Fyodor 1970
No Score Yet What's So Bad About Feeling Good? J. Gardner Monroe 1968
No Score Yet The Busy Body Kurt Brock 1967
57% The Glass Bottom Boat Pritter 1966
92% Fail-Safe Sgt. Collins 1964
No Score Yet Star Shorts Actor


No Score Yet Robot Chicken
Voice 2006
No Score Yet Stargate SG-1
Urgo/Togar 2000
No Score Yet The Wild Thornberrys
Voice 1998
No Score Yet Dexter's Laboratory
Voice 1998
No Score Yet All Dogs Go to Heaven
Voice 1998
No Score Yet Beverly Hills, 90210
Magic Morton 1997
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
43% Burke's Law
Vinnie Piatte 1995
No Score Yet Married...With Children
Voice 1993
100% The Muppet Show
Guest 1977
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
Guest 1973
83% The Munsters
Dudley 1966
No Score Yet Fievel's American Tails


Stanley says: No way. This is my dream. And nobody gets hurt in my dreams.

Melvin P. Thorpe says: The power of television, of public exposure - it scares me. I swear, I could get the mayor's own children to throw rocks at him!

Itchy says: Wait! My stuff!

Charlie says: Forget the stuff, I'll buy you new stuff!

Hedley Lamarr says: Qualifications?

Bart says: Stampeding cattle.

Buddy Bizarre says: That's not much of a crime.

Bart says: Through the Vatican?

Hedley Lamarr says: Kinky! sign here

Buddy Bizarre says: What the hell are you doing here? This is a closed set!

Taggart says: Piss on you! I'm working for Mel Brooks! [draws back to punch him in the face]

Buddy Bizarre says: Not in the face! [Taggart obliges and punches him in the stomach] Thank you!

Sykes says: Just push the door!

Fagin says: [pulls the door]

Sykes says: [annoyed] I said "push!"

Sykes says: [annoyed] I said 'push!'

Fagin says: My days are numbered, and the number is three...

Buddy Bizarre says: talagram for mango!

Bart says: Candygram for Mongo!

Mrs. Brisby says: If you're going to feather a nest, you've got a lot to learn about how to treat a lady.

Jeremy says: Right. When you're right, you're right, and you're right. None of the girls I meet wanna get serious.

Mrs. Brisby says: I doubt they'd survive.