Dom DeLuise (1933–2009)
Born: August 1, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: May 4, 2009 (age 75) in Santa Monica, California, USA
The lovable, butterball comedian was a mainstay on 1960s and ’70s TV variety as a “second banana” or comedy relief player. While his harsher critics believed his schtick was better served in smaller doses, Dom nevertheless went on to find some range in a few moving, more restrained projects. Those few glimpses behind all the mirth and merriment revealed a dramatic actor waiting to be unleashed. As they say, behind every clown’s smile, one can find a few tears.
Married to: Carol Arthur (23 November 1965 – 4 May 2009) (his death) (3 children)