Below are some kind words from Kurt Reynolds about the man, the myth, the legend that is Dom DeLuise.
Rainbows are Memories
In the first scene of the Muppet Movie, Dom DeLuise played a Hollywood agent lost in the bayou, who discovered Kermit the Frog playing the banjo and singing the Rainbow Connection. Dom told Kermit that he could be a big star if he moved to Hollywood. Kermit took his advice, and after many hair-raising adventures finally arrived in Hollywood. Since then Kermit has become a world famous star who has touched the hearts and lives of millions.
More on that story later.
Dom DeLuise is a Golden Globe-nominated television actor, director, and comedian who has starred in such movies as Cannonball Run, Cannonball Run Two, Smokey and the Bandit, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, and of course, All Dogs Go to Heaven.
The list of Dom DeLuise’s many other credits would be too long to fit in this small program, but no list of his accomplishments would convey Mr. DeLuise’s true legacy.
Like a wayward Hollywood agent in the bayou, Dom DeLuise traveled deep into the black, despairing pits of our souls. There were alligators there, and mosquitos, and brackish, rising water that threatened to drown our hopes and dreams. But there was a brave little singing frog in there too. Dom found him and said, “Sing your song so everyone can hear it.” Dom found the Rainbow Connection in each of us: the lovers, the dreamers, and you.