Meanwhile, actor Gene Wilder gave the pudgy funster rolls in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975) and The World's Greatest Lover (1978). And Mel Brooks' wife, Anne Bancroft, finally gave DeLuise his own roll in 1980's Fatso.
But DeLuise's best moments were as Burt Reynolds' manic sidekick in The End (1978) and the Cannonball Run flicks.
His most recent work was voice-overs to such animated fare as Oliver and Company (1987), An American Tail (1987), All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989), and A Troll in Central Park (1994).
DeLuise also found success in his later years in a venue that fit his large frame -- cookbooks. The titles included Eat This ... It'll Make You Feel Better, Eat This Too! It'll Also Make You Feel Better, and The Pizza Challenge.