The actor and comedian Dom DeLuise, who starred in films including Cannonball Run and Blazing Saddles, has died in Los Angeles, aged 75.
He appeared in TV shows, Broadway plays and provided the voice for many cartoon characters but DeLuise is mostly remembered for his performances on film, particularly Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles and Cannonball Run.
His friend, fellow actor and regular co-star Burt Reynolds said that there would "never be another like him."
Mel Brooks also said "he was big in size and created big laughter and joy. He will be missed in a very big way."
DeLuise appeared in several successful Mel Brooks comedies
Below is a selection of comments, emails and Tweets about Dom DeLuise.
I loved his performance as Don Giovanni in Robin Hood: Men in Tights. "Robin is gonna be dead. D-E-D, dead!" Or the part talking about cannolis with the cotton balls, the guy that didn't have a tongue, really anything he said in that movie was hysterical.
Sorry to say that I can't look at Marlon Brando in the Godfather without thinking of Dom DeLuise first. He will be greatly missed.
R.D., Massena, USA
I worked as a stand-in on the set of "Burke's Law" for one and a half years. Dom DeLuise would carry a small hand held fan and walk around the set being silly and cooling himself. He would sing into the fan as though it was an old fashioned microphone..."Bei Mir Bist du Schön" was a favorite. He was a kind and thoughtful man. I wish his family peace and love.
Angela Churchill, Los Angeles, CA
I love to go to the movies. When I saw him in Cannonball Run it made my day a lot brighter. He was a splendid comedian, as well as great cook. What a combination!
He will be missed.
Mamie Hall Nash, Anaheim California USA
My condolences to his family. Dom DeLuise for me brought great humour and lightness with his appearances on film and also very distinctive voice-overs in animation (How many in today's world you could say oh that's such-and-such's voice.) He will be missed, a one of a kind.
George Georgiou, Larnaca Cyprus.
Dom was a warm and beautiful human being. I presided with a Rabbi over the wedding of his son at the Riveria Country Club in Pacific Palasades about 20 years ago. I met him again at Saddlepeak Lodge in Malibu a few years ago. He asked about my dad and what he did for a living. When I said that my dad was a Lebanese Candy Maker, he was most interested. May God rest the soul of this most wonderful man.
Father Charles Ara, Cerritos, California
My favourite DeLuise performance was definitely as Don Giovanni in Robin Hood Men In Tights.
"You want plain English? Robin is gonna be dead. 'D-E-D.' Dead."
Bravo and RIP.
Luke, Boston, USA
20 years ago I was skateboarding home from Santa Monica Beach with my thumb out (I had lost my wallet on the beach and didn't have money for the bus) an older Mercedes pulls up, I hoped in and it was Mr DeLuise. He was very nice, talked to me about what he was working on asked about my life. Very nice person I thought. I was sad to hear he died.
Jaymz, Tacoma, WA
Dom made a home movie at my driftwood shack on our beach in Malibu. It starred his son, I don't remember which but probably the eldest. He was one of the sweetest people. I am so sad to hear of his illness and death. My prayers go out to his family and friends. He is with God.
He made so many people smile and laugh. God bless him and our memories of him. Aloha...
Markus Broyles, Honokaa, Hawaii
My personal favourite was "Cannonball Run" but he was a pleasure to watch no matter what part he played.
We will all miss the "Cherub."
Jerry Koszut, Ainsworth, USA
"Blazing Saddles" and "Spaceballs" were two of my favourite Dom Deluise films. His collaboration with Mel Brooks were pure comedic genius.
We'll miss ya, Dom!
Brenda, Dania Beach, Florida, USA
He seemed to have good taste in scripts.
Finding the name "Dom DeLuise" on a movie poster usually meant a film worth seeing.
Iain Fielden, Sheffield UK