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Dom DeLuise and Friends

Published: 5/4/2012

Dom DeLuise, 1975 (Wikimedia Commons / Allen Warren)

When Dom DeLuise died May 4, 2009, his frequent director Mel Brooks said that 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 extra 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 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 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: 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 DeLuise – but just for his voice. DeLuise's voice, dripping with character, was perfect for Bluth's animated feature films, including All Dogs Go to Heaven, An American Tail and A Troll in Central Park. In The Secret of NIMH, DeLuise stole the show as goofy crow Jeremy.

And we can't forget DeLuise's frequent costar, Burt Reynolds. The two were good friends offscreen, and 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:

Written by Linnea Crowther. Find her on Google+.

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