RIP: Dom DeLuise

Dom DeLuise
Dom DeLuise

A tip of the cap to Dom DeLuise, the comic actor who died Tuesday. While it was not easy to find a photo of DeLuise in a baseball cap, there was no problem to find photos of him smiling. A manic yet warm smile seemed to be fixed on his face, which got big laughs in many movies and TV shows.

One of my favorite DeLuise bits was his minor role in the Mel Brooks’ classic “Blazing Saddles,” in which he appears at the end of the film as the director of a campy all-male musical. He scolds the dancers and gives them an over-the-top lesson in how to do their “push out your tush” number.

DeLuise was always a treat when he appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.

Dom will be missed, and remembered fondly.

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