Dom DeLuise, RIP

Dom DeLuise.jpgMaybe I am of a certain age now, but Dom DeLuise was a favorite. And the testimonies of his colleagues–the likes of Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner–is enough to guarantee his comedic legacy.

But do they make ’em like that anymore? As the LA Times obit notes, he was born Dominick DeLuise in Brooklyn, the son of Italian immigrants: his father was a city garbage collector, his mother a full-time homemaker. And thoroughly Italian Catholic.


From a CNS brief, which describes him as a “Catholic comic”:

In a 2006 interview with Msgr. James Lisante for the priest’s TV show, “Personally Speaking,” DeLuise told of his fealty for Mary. “People give me Blessed Mothers,” DeLuise said in an interview “I have one here, I have one there. I have them all over the house.” DeLuise noted that the statues give him comfort. “The Blessed Mother is someone that I pray to all the time, and in fact, I use her as a mantra. When I’m in my car and there’s traffic, ‘Hail Mary, full of grace …,'” he said, reciting the complete prayer. “I say it all the time. It calms me down.”

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posted May 8, 2009 at 11:09 am

Dom, may your stay in Purgatory be short, if only for the fact that you exuded joy in the midst of a sometimes dark industry. May that happiness and peace that you gave so many, be yours now forever. And, pray for us, that we may join you and all the redeemed for some of your contagious laughter by that eternal river where our joy will never end. “The End?” No, this is only a new beginning. Thank you for how you lifted us up many a time.

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posted May 8, 2009 at 11:26 am

Dom DeLuise’s humor was gentle, often silly, self-deprecating, but never mean or hurtful to others. Contrast that to today’s supposedly “edgy” comedians whose humor is limited to mere ridicule or sly bigotry. Rest in peace, Dom; you’ll be a hoot in Heaven :-)

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posted May 8, 2009 at 11:38 am

I enjoyed your humour – You were a giant in the comic industry – Above all you showed that you can be a True Christian be successful and not use SMUT to be a success – I will enjoy your Movies More – May Our Holy Mother wrap Her Mantle around you – we will remember you and your Family in the Family Rosary -Eternal rest grant on to him O Lord and let the Perpetual light shine on him May his Soul and Souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace amen – God Bless

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posted May 8, 2009 at 12:07 pm

May God rest your bright, shining, brave soul! I am sure Our Lady will welcome you tenderly, and may she grant you a special kiss for all the wonderful joy and laughter you brought to this sad world. I will remember your beautiful wife and handsome sons in my prayers. I know you are with your incredible parents and sharing the happiness and peace that never ends. You will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.

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posted May 8, 2009 at 3:55 pm

RIP, you made me laugh so hard I could hardly breathe.

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posted May 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Dear Dom,
I remember your hilarity on the Dean Martin shows as a kid with my family. Thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us. we are all better people because of you……..pray for our media

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