I just did a random post not even 24 hours ago where I remarked about two celebrity passings. We all know they come in threes, but sometimes the media has to reach to get that third. Like maybe it will be the guy who was the gaffer on the latest blockbuster film. Or some cat who was a one-hit opera wonder (is there even such a thing?). Well they didn't have to worry about that this time around.
Actor Dom DeLuise died Monday night in a hospital in Santa Monica, California. Cause of death was not disclosed, but it was known he had been battling cancer for over a year. He was 75.
DeLuise had been a huge part of some of my earliest memories of Hollywood comedies. Most notably "The Cannonball Run" which remains one of my all-time favorites. A lot of movies that feature all-star casts will allow that to saturate the film but not "The Cannonball Run". There never seemed to be a wasted scene and DeLuise's role as Victor, aka Captain Chaos, created some of the finer moments.
It's funny because when I look back on it, that may be one of the earlier versions of the bromance thing they talk about today. Especially when you check out the outtakes. It was clear that DeLuise and Reynolds thoroughly enjoyed working with one another. It allowed them to feed off each other's energy and become frequent collaborators in other hilarious films.
It never dawned on me until just recently that there are several modern day comedians that owe DeLuise some gratitude. He was able to use his size to his advantage by adding a dynamic personality and outstanding sense of humor to make consistently funny characters. Comedians such as Chris Farley (RIP), John Candy (RIP) and Horatio Sanz (although now skinny) may not have admitted it, but DeLuise broke the ground for them.
Rest in peace, big fella.