The actor-comedian-chef (how’s that for a triple threat) passed away Monday night after a long illness. He was 75.
DeLuise was best known for his frequent collaborations with director Mel Brooks and actor Burt Reynolds.
Brooks cast him in several of his films, including “The Twelve Chairs,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Silent Movie,” “History of the World Part I” and “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.” DeLuise was also the voice of Pizza the Hutt in Brooks’ “Star Wars” parody, “Spaceballs.”
Opposite his friend Burt Reynolds, DeLuise starred in, “The End,” “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” ‘Smokey and the Bandit II,” “The Cannonball Run” and “Cannonball Run II.”
Even more, some might know him for his two cookbooks or frequent appearances on morning shows, whiping up his favorite dishes.
Also? There was always that unmistakable chortle.