Comedy great Dom DeLuise would have turned 80 today. He was funny on his own, but when he got together with his friends, he was downright hilarious. (Wikimedia Commons / Allan Warren)
When Dom DeLuise died May 4, 2009, director Mel Brooks had this to say:
"[He] created so much joy and laughter on the set that you couldn't get your work done. So every time I made a movie with Dom, I would plan another two days on the schedule just for laughter."
The viewing public didn't get to be a part of those two behind-the-scenes laughter days, but that doesn't mean we missed out on the hilarity that was Dom DeLuise. The great comic actor left us plenty of laughs in dozens of films and television shows. And Mel Brooks wasn't the only one who wanted to work with DeLuise over and over again – he was in high demand in the movie world, and he had several regular collaborators. We're looking at a few of them today.
We'll start out with Brooks. DeLuise appeared in quite a few of Brooks's movies, including The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, History of the World Part I, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, in which he played shady character Don Giovanni.
Don Bluth is another director who loved to work with Dom DeLuise – but just for his vocal talent. DeLuise's voice, dripping with character, was perfect for Bluth's animated features like All Dogs Go to Heaven, An American Tail, A Troll in Central Park, and The Secret of NIMH – with DeLuise stealing the show as goofy crow Jeremy.
And we can't forget DeLuise's frequent costar, Burt Reynolds. Good friends off camera, onscreen they collaborated in Smokey and the Bandit II, All Dogs Go to Heaven, The End, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and, of course, the classic screwball comedies Cannonball Run and Cannonball Run II. We love watching Captain Chaos make an appearance.
No matter who he worked with, Dom DeLuise made movies funnier.
Written by Linnea Crowther