Whether behind the camera or in front of it, members of the DeLuise family have consistently been a part of the Stargate family. Sadly, one of those members is no longer with us.
Veteran actor Dom DeLuise passed away Monday evening in Los Angeles, according to son Michael. The actor had been hospitalized due to kidney failure and respiratory problems. He was 75.
DeLuise had a long career in both television and films. His first appearances in television date back to the mid-sixties, with credits that include The Munsters and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. In the 1970s, he began working relationships and friendships with several notable people that would continue for decades to come.
Actor, writer, producer and director friend Mel Brooks cast him as “Buddy Bizarre” in 1974’s Blazing Saddles, and the two continued to collaborate over the years in future Brooks films including History of The World Part One, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, and the science fiction parody film Spaceballs.
He was also frequent collaborators with and good friends of actor Burt Reynolds and animator Don Bluth, appearing in several films and series with Reynolds including the Smokey and The Bandit and Cannonball Run series, and B.L. Stryker.
His voice work credits with Bluth include the roles of “Tiger” in the An American Tail animated movie and television productions, in addition to other projects with Bluth including The Secret of N.I.M.H. films and the All Dogs Go To Heaven films and animated series. DeLuise’s last voice work collaboration with Reynolds was in a 2005 episode of the Adult Swim series Robot Chicken.
Stargate SG-1 fans, however, will remember DeLuise as the title character in Season Three’s “Urgo,” where he played the fun-loving physical manifestation of an alien probe (and its creator) who wanted to experience life. After being implanted into the brains of the SG-1 team, he subliminally gets the team to show him new experiences while they struggle to get him out of their heads.
But beside this memorable episode, Dom left his greatest mark on the Stargate franchise through his sons. Peter DeLuise served as a director, writer, and producer on Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis for most of those series’ runs. Son Michael played Nick Marlowe/Colonel Danning in the episode “Wormhole X-Treme!” and son David played Pete Shanahan in several episodes of SG-1.
GateWorld offers our condolences to the entire DeLuise family during this difficult time. Dom is survived by his wife Carol Arthur, sons Michael, Peter and David, as well as three grandchildren.
UPDATE: SCI FI Channel in the U.S. will air “Urgo” this Monday, May 11 at 6 p.m. (5 Central), according to SciFi.com’s Craig Engler.
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