Dom DeLuise died last night, in his sleep, at the age of 75. I wish I could conjure up something poetic to say about the man, but my closest relationship with Dom DeLuise was actually through his son, Peter, one of the stars of “21 Jump Street.” You’ll have to forgive my ignorance. I do believe that Dom was the Chris Farley of his day (or Kevin James, for you youngsters). He was a regular in the Mel Brooks movies, was the star of the Anne Bancroft directed, Fatso, and is probably most famous for his roles in Burt Reynolds films, specifically Cannonball Run and Smokey and the Bandit. He was also the host of a 90’s version of “Candid Camera,” and he wrote cookbooks. I bet he also spent a lot of time on Hollywood Squares. He was a big man, and it’s a goddamn miracle he lived to the age of 75. That’s pretty goddamn impressive. I’d buy his cookbooks — there must be some secret contained therein.
Anyway, here’s some video outtakes from Cannonball Run to remind you of Deluise in his heyday.