Dom DeLuise passes away

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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He voiced the character of Koos, DeeDee's magical imaginary friend on "Dexter's Laboratory" and he starred in the comedy-drama "Fatso" with Anne Bancroft. He was the hedonistic Roman emporor in "History of the World, Part I" with Mel Brooks etc. and the late, great Bea Arthur in a cameo too. He was always lovable. His laugh was priceless. It's sad to think I'll never see him in anything new again. Thanks Mr. DeLuise. I'll never forget you.
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He will certainly be missed. RIP Dom.
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Aw, man. This really surprised me. He was a fantastic actor in some animated films like An American Tail and the secret of NIMH. RIP Dom.
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He will be laughing with the angels. He lives on with those of us who remember him and that awesome smile he always wore.
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Dom gave me some of the biggest laughs I've ever had, I almost passed out he made me laugh so much. You will be missed.
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Oh man I LOVED him... especially as "tantantaraaa Captain Chaos" on Cannonball Run... Never knew he was that old!!! RIP, Dom
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He was a very funny guy. I can't believe that he was that old. I thought he was much younger. He will be missed.
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He was a great entertainer. I for one will remember him for his work on TV shows like Candid Camera and Stargate SG-1 but also for his comedy persona on movies like American Tail and Spaceballs. Dom, you will be missed.
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He was awesome. My favorite cameo he did was on Robin Hood: Men in Tights
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my deepest sympathy go to his family
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OMG I'm so shocked. My thoughts are with his family and everyone who knew him. He will be missed.
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