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Dom DeLuise

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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 Brainiacs.com
  • 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
  • Chef
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet 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
48% Robin Hood: Men in Tights
  • Don Giovanni
1993
No Score Yet Die Abenteuer von Pico und Columbus (The Magic Voyage)
  • Christopher Columbus
1993
36% Happily Ever After
  • Looking Glass
1993
No Score Yet The Skateboard Kid
  • Rip
1993
No Score Yet Munchie
  • Munchie
1992
45% 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
50% All Dogs Go To Heaven
  • Itchy
1989
44% Oliver & Company
  • Fagin
1988
No Score Yet Going Bananas
  • Big Bad Joe
1988
57% Spaceballs
  • Pizza the Hutt
1987
69% An American Tail
  • Tiger
1986
25% Haunted Honeymoon
  • Aunt Kate
1986
47% 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
63% History of the World---Part I
  • Emperor Caeser
1981
17% Smokey and the Bandit II
  • Doc
1980
No Score Yet Wholly Moses!
  • Shadrach
1980
No Score Yet The Last Married Couple in America
  • Walter Holmes
1980
No Score Yet Fatso
  • Dominick DiNapoli
1980
No Score Yet Hot Stuff
  • Ernie Fortunato
  • Director
1979
88% The Muppet Movie
  • Bernie - the Hollywood Agent
1979
20% Sextette
  • Dan Turner
1978
46% The Cheap Detective
  • Pepe Damascus
1978
20% The World's Greatest Lover
  • Adolph Zitz
1977
81% Silent Movie
  • Dom Bell
1976
No Score Yet The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
  • Gambetti
1975
90% 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 Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?
  • Irwin
1971
92% 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
50% The Glass Bottom Boat
  • Pritter
1966
95% Fail-Safe
  • Sgt. Collins
1964
No Score Yet Star Shorts
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Robot Chicken
2005-2016
  • Voice
  • 2005

Quotes from Dom DeLuise's Characters