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Comedian Dom DeLuise plays with elephant
Comedian Dom DeLuise cuddles up to his elephant friend during the filming of NBC's Dean Martin at the Wild Animal Park to be aired on April 18, 1982. The show was filmed last weekend at the Wild Animal Park in Escondido, California (M | License Photo
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Dominick "Dom" DeLuise (August 1, 1933 – May 4, 2009) was an American actor, comedian, film director, television producer, chef, and author. He was the husband of actress Carol Arthur from 1965 until his death, and the father of actor, writer, pianist, director Peter DeLuise, actor David DeLuise, and actor Michael DeLuise. He starred in various Don Bluth films, such as All Dogs Go to Heaven, The Secret of NIMH and An American Tail.

DeLuise was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian American parents Vincenza "Jennie" (née DeStefano), a homemaker, and John DeLuise, a civil servant (garbage collector). He was the third born and had an older brother named Nicholas "Nick" DeLuise and a sister named Antoinette DeLuise-Daurio. DeLuise graduated from Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts. He later attended Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

DeLuise generally appeared in comedic parts, although an early appearance (in the movie Fail-Safe as a nervous enlisted airman) showed a possible broader range. His first acting credit was as a regular performer in the television show The Entertainers in 1964. He gained early notice for his supporting turn in the Doris Day film The Glass Bottom Boat (1966). In his New York Times review, Vincent Canby panned the film but singled out the actor, stating, "he best of the lot, however, is a newcomer, Dom DeLuise, as a portly, bird-brained spy."

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