Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dom DeLuise 1933-2009

Big Dom Deluise passed away today. I must confess I was never a big fan of Dom DeLuise. He seemed like a household name at one point when I was young. He even seemed to be everywhere I turned at the movies at one point. He was seemingly attached to Burt Reynolds hip as well. It was like they were brothers. I remember Fatso [1980] and Hot Stuff [1979] and The End [1978] with Burt. I remember being pretty moved by Fatso as a kid. Anyway, those were the high points for me when it comes to Dom. I know he influenced alot of people and was certainly beloved by many.

One of Dom's greatest gifts, he would no doubt agree with a smile, were his kids. My kids love David DeLuise who happens to be the father in Wizards Of Waverly Place. I laughed when I saw him take his regular spot on that kids' series after seeing him as Samantha Carter's love interest in Stargate SG-1. He played the part of unlucky Pete Shanahan. He was another victim in sexy Sam Carter's love wake.

Peter DeLuise, another of Dom's yunguns was also a significant player in the success of Stargate SG-1 and for bringing us Peter Dom - we thank you. Peter directed many wonderful episodes of Stargate SG-1. One of those episodes, Season Three, Episode 16, Urgo, happens to be one of my least favorite. It tries a little too hard to be funny [imho], and is a bit of a snooze on the whole. Peter enlisted his father Dom to guest for the episode as Urgo. In honor of the big Dom I selected one of my favorite moments from Urgo. He was an eternally loveable man. I think the scene really pays tribute to him.

On a side note, who knew Richard Dean Anderson would be the good luck charm to power a franchise? He's really funny throughout Stargate SG-1 and one of the primary reasons I hold that original series so dear. He's a joy to watch. It ranks in my top five.


aris-tgd said...

Oh, no! What I remember Dom for, mostly, is his voice work on the Bluth animated movie THE SECRET OF NIMH. Now there's a classic for you. RIP.

The Sci-Fi Fanatic said...

That's a beauty....Don and Don together. Great stuff. We have that DVD and I didn't even think of it. A true classic.