Closing Credits: Dom DeLuise
Dom DeLouise has passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of seventy five. For me this is particularly sad as he was part of one of the funniest comic double acts I've seen on film, Burt Reynolds and he were fantastic in the Cannonball Run and it was "him" who led me to run through the store I worked in dressed as Captain Chaos.
Man I loved that relationship between the two characters and whenever I see that film I laugh like a loon. While that might be partially down to Burt Reynolds dry pan performance, it is more so down to the comic talents of Dom DeLuise, "him".
Dom DeLuise was a regular foil to Burt Reynolds, appearing in several films with him including The End, Smokey and the Bandit II, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and of course, the Cannonball Run films.
He was also a regular for Mel Brooks films, appearing in a number including Blazing Saddles, History of the World: Part I and Spaceballs.
He even played the Pope in Johnny Dangerously, appeared in 21 Jump Street which starred one of his sons, and appeared in a host of comedy roles both on the big and small screens throughout his career.
He was a funny man that lit up the screen and most definitely captured my heart with his characters, like Captain Chaos, a character who always made my mother laugh.
"I was dreading this moment...Dom always made everyone feel better when he was around. I never heard him say an unkind word about anyone. I will miss him very much."
I don't know about you, but that quote is a very touching one, and considering the amount of fun they had on screen together, I'm sure it's a heartfelt one.
Dom DeLuise was also a chef who wrote several cookbooks, he appeared on Broadway in a number of shows, graced many television comedy shows including another much loved celebrity of mine, Dean Martin, and he even wrote some children's books.
Doris Day, another co-star said a wonderful comment about him which I find rings true even though I only ever saw him on the screen.
"I loved him from the moment we met. Not only did we have the greatest time working together, but I never laughed so hard in my life as when we were together. He was such a sweet man."
That's the impression you got when you saw him on screen, and the shots of he and Burt Reynolds in and out of shot in The Cannonball Run are some of the funniest things I've ever seen on film. My entire family were in hysterics whenever they were on.
I can't begin to tell you the joy that he brought my family, specifically the hilarious moments he gave to my mother, inspiring me to be Captain Chaos for a day, an event she talked about for years after.
Dom, you were truly a great comic actor, and you gave my family one of the greatest gifts an entertainer can, laughter.
I thank you for that, and our thoughts are with your family and friends.