Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dom DeLuise, 1933-2009

"Throw out your hands!!
Stick out your tush!!
Hands on your hips
Give them a push!!
You'll be surprised
You're doing the French Mistake!!
--song from Blazing Saddles (1974), sung by Dom DeLuise and chorus boys

He made me chuckle--mainly because he laughed so easily himself. I first noticed him with Doris Day in The Glass Bottomed Boat. He was always a bright spot in the midst of a lot of schlock, but he did good work with Mel Brooks--and in Fatso and, as the Pope, in Johnny Dangerously. I don't know whether he was gay, but he was naughty and sweet, which is as good as, in my book.

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