RIP: Dom DeLuise (a.k.a. Captain Chaos)

Movie News | May 5th, 2009

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Dom DeLuise has passed away at the age of 75. The comedian died Monday Night, in his sleep after a long illness. I’ll always remember him for 2 roles. The director in Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles and Victor Prinzim & Captain Chaos in the Cannonball Run movies (“Da-Da-Dum!!”). You might have seen him or heard in other Mel Brooks movies like Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Silent Movie, History of the World: Part 1. Plus other films like The Secret of NIMH, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Oliver & Company, Johnny Dangerously and lots more! Though, everyone will remember him as the sidekick to Burt Reynolds. He will be missed.

LOS ANGELES – Dom DeLuise, the portly actor-comedian whose affable nature made him a popular character actor for decades with movie and TV audiences as well as directors and fellow actors, has died. He was 75.

DeLuise died Monday night, son Michael DeLuise told KTLA-TV and radio station KNX on Tuesday. The comedian died in his sleep after a long illness. Calls to his agent were not immediately returned.

The actor, who loved to cook and eat almost as much as he enjoyed acting, also carved out a formidable second career later in life as a chef of fine cuisine. He authored two cookbooks and would appear often on morning TV shows to whip up his favorite recipes.


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