5 May 2009
Dominick "Dom" DeLuise (August 1, 1933 – May 4, 2009) was an American actor, comedian, film director, television producer, chef, spokesperson and author. He was the husband of actress Carol Arthur, and the father of actor, writer, director Peter DeLuise, and actors David DeLuise and Michael DeLuise.
Dom DeLuise, whose big screen classics included “The Cannonball Run,” “Spaceballs” and “History of the World Part I,” died in his sleep on Monday night at a Los Angeles hospital, Access Hollywood has confirmed.
The actor has starred in dozens of films over the years, often teaming up with off-screen pal Burt Reynolds.
Most recently, he was working to develop a CGI live-action fantasy film called “Instant Karma,” which was going to star Dwayne Johnson, Pierce Brosnan and Mira Sorvino. Reynolds and DeLuise were lined up to both have “voice” roles in the film. However, production on the film never began and according to the production company behind the picture, the film is “no longer in development.”