Dom DeLuise Audiovisual Collection
Scope and Contents
The Dom DeLuise collection contains materials from the years 1964-2008. The collection includes scripts, screenplays, photographs, videocassettes, ¾ inch Umatic recordings, Umatic S recordings, CDs, DVDs, books, press releases, newspaper and magazine articles. The scripts are rough drafts of skits performed on The Entertainers and The Dom DeLuise Show and the screenplays are various drafts that represent films such as Happy and Marco’s Moon. Many of the CDs and DVDs are from the Dom DeLuise memorial or are in relation to his cooking career. The video recordings capture various television appearances, interviews, and dubbed films and movies. The photographs in this collection contain press release photos pertaining to each of the films that DeLuise made an appearance in, family photographs, photographs relating to theatre productions as well as miscellaneous photographs.
- DeLuise, Dom (Person)
Language of Materials
Records in English.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open to researchers.
Conditions Governing Use
The status of copyright in this collection is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C.). Researchers requesting permission to duplicate and/or use materials for purposes other than research must obtain copyright permission from the copyright holder.
Biographical / Historical
Dominick DeLuise was born August 1, 1933, to Italian immigrants John and Vicenza DeLuise in Brooklyn, NY. He is the youngest of their three children with a sister, Antoinette (Anne) Daurio, and a brother Nick (deceased). He graduated from the High School of Performing Arts in New York and attended Tufts University in Boston, MA, all while concentrating on acting. He pursued that goal after college at the Cleveland Play House before moving back to New York.
In New York he landed a succession of theatrical roles including significant parts in Little Mary Sunshine, All for Love, and a revue called Another Evening with Harry Stoones, which also featured a young Barbra Streisand. At the same time, he began appearing in short films (The Ordeal of Thomas Moon) and developing the cabaret character “Dominick the Great,” a magician whose tricks never worked but whose comic persona did. His first TV appearance was on New York’s The Shari Lewis Show in the recurring role of Kenny Ketchum, private detective. He hit prime time with The Garry Moore Show in 1964 and blossomed that same year on the series The Entertainers, sharing the stage with Carol Burnett, John Davidson, Bob Newhart, Ruth Buzzi, Caterina Valenti, and other young talents.
Dom made his Broadway debut in 1963’s The Student Gypsy. In 1965, he married actress Carol Arthur (High Spirits, On the Town), whom he met while they were both performing in Provincetown, MA. In 1966, he became a regular on The Dean Martin Summer Show and in 1968 became the host of his own The Dom DeLuise Show.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s DeLuise made frequent appearances on The Dean Martin Show, The Carol Burnett Show, and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He began working in features with a small dramatic role in Fail-Safe (1964) directed by Sidney Lumet, who had been his teacher at the High School of Performing Arts. His comedy career began in earnest in 1966 when Doris Day specifically requested that he play her comic foil in The Glass Bottom Boat.
In 1970, DeLuise began working with Mel Brooks on The Twelve Chairs and became well known for his roles in Brooks’s Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, History of the World Part 1, Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He became Burt Reynolds’s favorite male co-star (and good friend) in The Cannonball Run I and II, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Smokey and the Bandit II. He also supported Gene Wilder in The World’s Greatest Lover and Haunted Honeymoon. In 1979 he made his directorial debut with the film Hot Stuff.
Throughout his career, Dom moved effortlessly between television and feature films, a rarity in an era in which performers were compartmentalized. He served variously as guest star (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir), game show guest (Hollywood Squares), talk show co-host (Mike Douglas Show) and series host (Candid Camera). The videos in the American Comedy Archives preserve almost this entire legacy and are from Dom DeLuise’s personal library.
During the 1980s and 1990s DeLuise appeared in several television ads and print advertising campaigns, most notably for Bertolli Olive Oil, Macy’s, Tools of the Trade, and Orkin. In addition to his continuing acting career, he developed two cookbooks under the title of, “Eat This…It’ll Make You Feel Better!” and made television appearances to perform cooking demonstrations.
DeLuise also wrote six children’s books and lent his voice to such animated films as An American Tail, and All Dogs Go To Heaven and various Cartoon Network shows.
In the late 1990s, he performed as Frosch the jailer in the Metropolitan Opera production of Die Fledermaus, adding to his repertoire of onstage performances: LUV, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Little Shop of Horrors, and others.
The DeLuises have been associated with several charity organizations, notably the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, and also the Professional Dancers Society, the National Italian American Foundation, and the Society of Singers.
Dom and Carol DeLuise have three sons: Peter, an actor-director, born in 1966; Michael, an actor and fine artist, born in 1969; and David, an actor-director, born in 1971. The DeLuises have three grandchildren: Riley, Dylan, and Jake.
Dom DeLuise died on May 4, 2009 in Santa Monica, CA.
18.5 linear feet
The collection is organized into fourteen series, which are based on the type and theme of the material.Items and series do not necessarily correlate with physical location.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated to Emerson College by Carol DeLuise in May 2010.
Finding Aid prepared by Brittany Murphy; last updated March 9, 2011.
AtoM record created by Samantha Quinon on October 27, 2014.
- A Troll in Central Park (Motion picture)
- ABC News
- Access Hollywood (Television program)
- Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (Motion picture)
- All Dogs go to Heaven (Motion picture)
- All Dogs go to Heaven II (Motion picture)
- Animated films
- Annie and the Hoods (Motion picture)
- Around the World in 80 days (Off-Broadway theater)
- Arts Center (Long Beach, C.A.)
- Authentic Italian Foods (Television program)
- Baby Geniuses (Motion picture)
- Battle of New Orleans (Television program)
- Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Motion picture)
- Blazing Saddles (Motion picture)
- Boston Globe
- Boys Will be Boys (Motion picture)
- Bravo Profiles (Television program)
- Breakfast Time (Television program)
- CBS Television Network
- CNBC (Television network)
- Cable News Network
- Candid Camera (Television program)
- Cannonball Run (Motion picture)
- Cannonball Run II (Motion Picture)
- Caricatures and cartoons
- Carson, Johnny (1925-2005)
- Cartoon Network (Television network)
- Celebrity Kitchen (Television program)
- Charlie Horse Music Pizza (Television program)
- Cincinnati Post (Cincinnati, Ohio: 1974)
- Clary, Robert
- Comedy sketches
- Comedy-- Manuscripts
- Cuisinart cooking (Television program)
- Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK- 1985)
- DeLuise, Dom. Charlie the Catepillar
- DeLuise, Dom. Eat This Too!
- DeLuise, Dom. Eat this--It'll Make You Feel Better!
- Dean Martin show
- Diagnosis Murder (Television program)
- Dimmel, Drew
- Dinner for Five (Television program)
- Dishing with Dom (Television program)
- Disney-MGM Studios
- Dom DeLuise show
- Donny & Marie
- Duke University. Diet and Fitness Center
- Eder, Shirley
- Emeril's Delmonico (Restaurant: New Orleans, LA.)
- Entertainment Tonight (Television program)
- Eugene O’Neill Theatre (New York, NY)
- Extra (Television program)
- Fatso (Motion picture)
- Feeling good: What’s So Bad About Feeling Good? (Motion picture)
- Filmed interviews
- Ford's Theater (Washington, DC)
- Friends, Romans, Countrymen (Motion picture)
- Garrison, Greg
- Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Motion picture)
- Gog, Magog, and Little Bablon (Motion picture)
- Good Morning America (Television program)
- Griffin, Merv, 1925-2007
- Grilling with the Godfather (Television program)
- Happy (Motion picture)
- Haunted Honeymoon (Motion picture)
- Henry’s Cat (Motion picture)
- High School of Performing Arts (New York, NY)
- History of the World--Part I (Motion picture)
- Hollywood Squares (Television program)
- Hot stuff (Motion picture)
- Italian Tribune News (Newark, N.J.)
- KTLA-TV (Television station: Los Angeles, CA
- Keaton, Buster, 1895-1966
- Kimmel, Mike
- King Lear (Choreographic work: Houseman)
- King, Larry, 1933-
- Kukla, Fran and Ollie (Television program)
- Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Off-Broadway theatre)
- Lincoln Center (New York, NY)
- Lisante, James P.
- Little Mary Sunshine (Off-Broadway theatre)
- Live! With Regis and Kathy Lee (Television program)
- Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
- Lotsa Luck (Television program)
- Lunden, Joan
- Luv (Off-Broadway theatre)
- MGM Grand Hotel
- Mack and Meyer for Hire (Television program)
- Memorial Hall (Dayton, OH.)
- Metropolitan Opera (New York, NY)
- Mike Douglas show
- Modern Cuisine (Television program)
- Morning News (Erie, PA)
- Motion picture authorship
- Motion picture interviews
- Motion picture plays
- Muppets (Motion picture)
- My African Adventure (Motion picture)
- NBC Television Network
- NCR Corporation
- National Enquirer (New York, NY)
- Nelson, Nancy
- New York Philharmonic
- Newton, Albert Watson, 1938-
- Off-Broadway theater
- Oprah Winfrey show
- Orange County (CA)--Newspapers
- Orlando, Tony
- O’Brien, Conan
- O’Donnell, Rosie
- PM (New York, NY : Daily ed.)
- Please Don't Eat the Daisies (Motion picture)
- Politically Incorrect (Television program)
- Promos (Radio commercials)
- Promos (Television commercials)
- Raphael, Sally Jessie
- Resorts Casino Hotel (Atlantic City, N.J.)
- Restaurant Pasta (Television program)
- Rivers, Joan
- Road Company (Motion picture)
- Rotherberger, Glenn
- Russini, Bianca
- Sakowicz, Sigmund Stanislaus. Sig’s
- Schwarz, Frederick A. O. (Frederick August Otto), 1935-
- Screen Actors Guild Foundation
- Secret of Nimh
- Shore, Dinah, 1917-1994
- Shriner, Wil, 1953-
- Silent Movie (Motion picture : 1976)
- Smokey and the Bandit II (Motion picture)
- Star-ledger (Newark, NJ)
- Stargate SG-1 (Television program)
- TV Guide
- Television commercials
- Television interviews
- Terrace Theater, Long Beach Performing
- The End (Motion picture)
- The Entertainers (Television program)
- The Mark and Nikki theatre company
- The Press (Atlantic City, N.J.)
- The Princess and the Dwarf (Motion picture)
- The Screen Savers (Television program)
- The Twelve Chairs (Motion picture)
- Today Show (Television program)
- Tonight Show (Television program)
- Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
- Twilight Zone (Television program)
- Universal Studios, Inc.
- Van Dyke, Dick
- Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
- Warwick Musical Theatre (Warwick, NY)
- Weight Watchers International
- Win, Lose or Draw (Television program)
- World Poker Tour (Television program)
- Dom DeLuise Audiovisual Collection
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Finding aid written in English.