Dom DeLuise passes away

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Comedian Dom DeLuise passed away last night at the age of 75, reports Entertainment Tonight. The actor died in his sleep after a bout with in undisclosed illness at a hospital in Santa Monica.

DeLuise was an unmistakable figure during the 1970s and '80s, adding a lively comedic touch to everything he was a part of. The portly New-York-born actor, who could double as a Cajun chef in a New Orleans restaurant, got his start in the 1950s on the stage and on children's television.

Over the next few decades, he became a fixture on the popular variety shows of the era, including Dean Martin's. On the big-screen, DeLuise teamed up with Burt Reynolds and Mel Brooks on films such as History of the World Part I, Cannonball Run, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Spaceballs. He also starred in his own short-lived variety show, The Dom DeLuise Show, in the 1980s.

"Dom always made everyone feel better when he was around," Reynolds told Entertainment Tonight. "I never heard him say an unkind word about anyone. I will miss him very much."

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