I was sorry to learn this evening, thanks to reader Alisa, that of the greatest cartoon voices ever (not to mention a fabulous comedic actor — Cannonball Run, Blazing Saddles, and Spaceballs to name three faves) just passed away yesterday. Dom DeLuise, aged 75, died in his sleep after a long illness.
He was one of those actors I could always identify immediately when he did voice work (like in one of my all-time favorite cartoons, Cow & Chicken), and he had a wonderful laugh on top of that wacky sense of humor. Dom was a favorite of mine when I was a little kid, in part because he was in not one but TWO Muppet movies. When I got older, I learned to appreciate the genius of Mel Brooks, which only helped to fuel my affection for Dom, a frequent Brooks movie actor, all the more.
I’ll miss him, and hope his family (including son Peter DeLuise, who I just saw in Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon) is doing okay.
Thanks for the laughs, Mr. DeLuise. When I get home from this conference this weekend, I’ll rent Spaceballs and say a toast to you and Pizza the Hutt.