Who is David Deluise?
David Deluise is an American award-winning actor, who achieved stardom as Jerry Russo in the Disney TV series “Wizards of Waverly Place” (2007-2012), then as coach Dominic in the family drama film “Golden Shoes” (2015), and also as Bill in the drama film “The Father and the Bear” (2016), among other roles. So far, he has more than 115 film and TV credits to his name.
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David DeLuise Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Born David Dominick DeLuise on the 11th November 1971 in Burbank, California USA, he is the son of the famous actor and comedian Dom DeLuise and Carol Arthur. David has two brothers, Peter and Michael DeLuise, who are also in show business – Peter is a writer, actor and director, while Michael is an actor.
It was from the ‘90s that David started appearing more frequently in film and TV projects, though he had already made his acting debut back in 1979 in the film “Hot Stuff”, as David Fortunato.
In 1990 he appeared in “21 Jump Street” next to his father and brothers, and continued with minor roles throughout the decade, appearing in such films as “Driving Me Crazy” (1991), “Kicking and Screaming” (1995), and “Too Smooth” (1998), before he secured the role of Bug in the TV series “3rd Rock from the Sun” (1996-2001), and as Darren Warner in the TV comedy series “Jesse” (1998-1999).
He started slowly in the 2000s, with a couple of minor roles, before he was chosen for the lead role in the award-winning romantic comedy film “Bachelor Man” in 2003, starring next to Mark Parra and Missi Pyle.
In the following years, David played Pete Shanahan in the TV sci-fi action series “Stargate SG-1” (2004-2005).
Rise to Stardom
David continued with independent films before he won the role of Jerry Russo, the patriarch of the odd family in the TV series “Wizards of the Waverly Place”. He played the character between 2007 and 2012, while also appearing in spin-offs films, including “Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie” and “Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana”, both in 2009.
The series became popular with the younger public, and thanks to the success of the series, David became a star.
He has since starred in a number of projects, reaching the number of 119 for now. He was Nick in the film “Sox” (2013), and played Murdoch in the film “Abner, the Invisible Dog”, also in 2013. Three years later he played Bill in the film “The Father and the Bear”, and also started playing Steven in the film franchise “Pup Star”, repeating his role in 2017 in “Pup Star: Better 2Gether” (2017), then “Pup Star: World Tour” (2018), and in “Puppy Star Christmas” (2018).
To speak further of his success, in 2018, David appeared in the biopic about Louis Zamperini, entitled “Unbroken: Path to Redemption”, while most recently he played Dean Romano in the TV series “The Adventures of Velvet Prozak”.
David DeLuise Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance
David DeLuise has become an acclaimed actor, though major success has still avoided him. Nevertheless, his hard work has contributed to his net worth, and according to authoritative sources, it is as high as $10 million, as of early 2020.
David DeLuise stands at 5ft 10ins (1.79m) tall, while he weighs approximately 187lbs ~ 85kgs. His vital statistics are currently unknown, and seems to have struggled with being overweight in the past. David has brown eyes and brown hair.
David DeLuise Personal Life, Marriage, Divorce, Children
David, being a part of the show business from his early years, hasn’t been very good at hiding details from the media. In regards to his love life, David was married to Brigitte from September 1994 until August 2003; they welcomed two daughters, Riley and Dylan.
Since the divorce, David has continued with his love life, and has married for the second time; in 2015 he started dating Julia Stoepel, a German actress, voice-over artist, and director, and the two married on the 17th October 2019.
David DeLuise’s Father, Dom DeLuise
David’s father, Dom DeLuise was a legendary actor, comedian, director, and producer. Born Dominick DeLuise on the 1st August 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City USA, he passed away on the 4th May 2009 in Santa Monica, California USA, leaving behind an extremely successful career.
He made more than 125 films and TV appearances, and numerous more in television comedy and talk shows. Dom earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for work on the short-lived comedy series “Lota Luck!”, and some other successful projects included a role in the Academy Award-nominated western “Blazing Saddles” (1974), and the action-comedy “The Cannonball Run” (1981), among others.
A year and more before his death, Dom was diagnosed with cancer, and died on the 4th of May 2009 of kidney failure. His long-time friends, Burt Reynolds and Mel Brooks paid tribute to him through the Los Angeles Times.