According to multiple reports, actor, comedian, chef and cookbook author Dom DeLuise haspassed away in Los Angeles
at age 75. DeLuise starred in several Mel Brooks movies, includingBlazing Saddles
, as well asThe End
with Burt Reynolds,The Muppet Movie
and just about every TV show taped from the 1970s through the '90s. DeLuise also appeared as Melvin P. Thorpe, the character based on late Houston TV reporter
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, in the 1982 film adaptation of Larry L. King's 1978 Broadway musicalThe Best Little Whorehouse In Texas