Actor Dom DeLuise, whose career spanned more than 50 years and included memorable turns in The Cannonball Run and Blazing Saddles, died Monday night in Los Angeles, according to several reports. He was 75.
The Brooklyn native was a veteran of stage (including the 1968 Broadway production of Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers), television (he hosted his own variety shows, The Dom DeLuise Variety Show and Dom DeLuise and Friends), and film. He debuted on the big screen in 1964’s Fail Safe, but is best known for his frequent collaborations with close friend Burt Reynolds (Smokey and the Bandit II, Cannonball Run I & II, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and, DeLuise’s personal favorite, The End).
“I have been dreading this moment,” Reynolds said through hispublicist. “Dom always made everyone feel better when he was around andI will miss him very much.”
DeLuise will also be remembered for his love of cooking, which spawned multiple cookbooks and monthly recipes on his website.
The beloved funnyman’s death was first reported by TMZ.
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