Dom DeLuise was yet another actor who fit the real actor label….His recent death brought back some great memories….
THE END is a strange Burt Reynolds vehicle made in the late 70’s wherein he find he is dying and looks for a way to commit suicide….The second half of the film takes part in a lunatic asylum that Reynolds is confined to after a failed attempt to do himself in….DeLuise’s performance as a crazy Polish-American murderer that befriends Reynolds is genuinely hilarious.
Dom DeLuise was in several Mel Brooks films including THE TWELVE CHAIRS, BLAZING SADDLES and SILENT MOVIE. He also worked with Gene Wilder in a few of his films including the underrated THE ADVENTURE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES SMARTER BROTHER where his role as a very strange Italian opera singer criminal was another gutbuster….He even directed one comedic film the police comedy HOT STUFF which he also starred in….He appeared as a very smelly criminal in THE CHEAP DETECTIVE.
On television, DeLuise appeared as incompetent magician Dominick the Great on THE DEAN MARTIN SHOW in the 1960’s which helped launch his career and on THE DOM DELUISE SHOW which ran in the late 1980’s and which featured the legendary Charlie Callas as a wacky neighbor.
Actors like Dom DeLuise who are actors first comedians second are a vanishing breed replaced by idiots who mouth the same lines over and over as tired reoccurring characters then transition into pre-packaged movies that consist of one joke (MALL COP!) over and over and more catchphrases.