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Name: Dominick DeLuise                                                                     
Born: 1 August 1933 Brooklyn, New York, USA                                               
Dominick "Dom" DeLuise (born August 1, 1933) is an American actor, comedian,               
film director, television producer and chef. He is the husband of actress Carol           
Arthur, and the father of actor, writer, director Peter DeLuise, and actors               
David DeLuise and Michael DeLuise.                                                         
DeLuise was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian American parents John (a               
civil servant) and Vincenza "Jennie" (maiden name, DeStefano).                             
DeLuise graduated from Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts.                         
DeLuise generally appears in comedic parts, although an early appearance (in the           
movie Fail-Safe as a nervous enlisted airman) showed a possible broader range.             
His first acting credit was as a regular performer in the television show The             
Entertainers in 1964. He has often co-starred with Burt Reynolds; together they           
appeared in the films The Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit II, The End, The           
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and All Dogs Go to Heaven. DeLuise was the host           
of the television show Candid Camera from 1991 to 1992.                                   
TV producer Greg Garrison hired DeLuise to appear as a specialty act on the               
popular Dean Martin show. DeLuise ran through his "Dominick the Great" routine,           
a riotous example of a magic act gone wrong, with host Martin as a bemused                 
volunteer from the audience. The show went so well that DeLuise was soon a                 
regular on Martin's program, participating in both songs and sketches. Garrison           
also featured DeLuise in his own hour-long comedy specials for ABC. (Martin was           
often just off-camera when these were taped, and his distinctive laugh can be             
heard loud and clear.)                                                                     
DeLuise is probably best known as a regular in Mel Brooks's films. He appeared             
in The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, History of the World, Part           
I, Spaceballs & Robin Hood: Men in Tights. In Silent Movie (1976), Brooks plays           
a film director and his strange friends, DeLuise (as "Dom Bell") and Marty                 
Feldman, struggle to produce the first major silent film in forty years. Brooks's         
late wife, actress Anne Bancroft, directed Dom in Fatso (1980). He also had a             
cameo in Johnny Dangerously as the Pope, and in Jim Henson's The Muppet Movie as           
a wayward Hollywood talent agent who comes across Kermit the Frog singing "The             
Rainbow Connection" in the film's opening scene.                                           
DeLuise exhibited his comedic talents while playing the speaking part of the               
jailer Frosch in the comedic operetta Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera.           
In the production, while the singing was in German, the spoken parts were in               
An avid cook and author of several books on cooking, in recent years he has               
appeared as a regular contributor to a syndicated home improvement radio show,             
On The House with The Carey Brothers, giving listeners tips on culinary topics.           
He has also written several children's books.                                             
He is sometimes credited as Dom De Luise, Dom Deluise, or Dom De Luises.                   
Dom DeLuise is sometimes confused for the Cajun chef Paul Prudhomme. Both have a           
similar body shape and beard and enjoy cooking. Both often wear "newsboy"-style           
cloth caps.                                                                               
Dom wrote a children's book on diversity called Charlie the Caterpillar.                   
He starred in 1994 with two of his sons, Peter and Michael, on seaQuest DSV (Season       
2, episode 5).                                                                             
Dom guest-starred in Episode 16, of the third Season of Stargate SG-1. He played           
two characters: "URGO", and Togar, Urgo's creator.                                         
His sons Peter, David, and Michael, are all also actors. (They have all been               
involved with Stargate SG-1. David and Michael Deluise as actors, and Peter as             
an actor, director and writer.)                                                           
Dom is referenced in "After the Fire", by The Who.                                         
In "Sleepless in Seattle," Meg Ryan's fiance, played by Bill Pullman, orders               
them Champagne..."a bottle of Dom DeLuise."