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He is in several films, but I haven't managed to see many of them. I have elsewhere mentioned He Was a Quiet Man, in which Michael DeLuise appears briefly and fuzzily and doesn't even SPEAK, and Bloodsuckers where he has a small role as some sort of vampire transporter who is slightly good at the end. Morally good, that is. He is WONDERFULLY good the whole way through every scene he is in.

Ambition to Meaning is basically an advertisment for Wayne Dyer's philosophy of having a purpose instead of an ambition. Michael DeLuise is a director who directs a film about Wayne Dyer, then loses a job opportunity and learns about feeling music and translating it into film, or something. Portia di Rossi learns that she doesn't have to be a hard-nosed bitch and can have a baby with her husband. I watch the entire thing with a sneer of disbelief on my face and resolve never to pay attention to Wayne Dyer again.

The main thing I learned from The Man Without a Face is that Mel Gibson with scar makeup on one side of his face looks very like Ted Danson. Micheal DeLuise plays the boyfriend of the elder sister of the main kid. He drives a car, is called a Flintstone, and then wrestles the kid shirtless to the floor after the kid interrupts him having sex with said sister. (It's only a very short bit, but he looks very nice indeed in bed.)

I have more to come, as I have ordered these:

Boys Will Be Boys (TV movie)
The Shot
Midnight Edition

He plays baddies in some of these, which will be odd to watch. I can never quite believe Peter DeLuise when he isn't playing someone utterly lovely. He is also in:

Comedy Hell
The Dan Show (TV movie)
The Master of Disguise
It's All About You
Hard Time: The Premonition (TV movie)
Rio Shannon (TV movie)
California Man/Encino Man
Wayne's World
Little Secrets
Class Cruise (TV movie)
Happy (TV movie)
Hot Stuff

Wayne's World and Encino Man will be easy enough, and Circle is on DVD here but it doesn't look overly appealing so I'm holding off for a bit. I am very slowly getting hold of Hot Stuff but the others elude me. I am ESPECIALLY cross that Class Cruise is not forthcoming, as it sounds amazing. From imdb: "A few pupils from County High are selected to be the first to go on a study cruise, a privilege that formerly was reserved for members of private schools." CLASS WARFARE ON A BOAT. Why oh why has this not been re-released into the cinema in the manner of dreadful Titanic, let alone one teeny little DVD release. Or I'd take VHS, even. I'm not asking for the moon here.

One or two-off appearances in TV shows
These are less frustrating than the films, because he is in each of the episodes for a reasonable amount of time, sort of a guest star of the week sometimes. They are still somewhat frustrating, because the plot is seen as wrapped up just because the rubbish main characters have moved on, instead of following the brilliant DeLuise-played character through the rest of his natural life.

Michael DeLuise is in Lost as the husband of a wife whom Sawyer is trying to con and then doesn't because they have a kid. At least he didn't have to be in any scenes with Jack. He is in two episodes of CSI: NY as a second-generation mafia guy, in that he doesn't have the code or anything, they just want lots of money. He runs the Tanglewood Boys who have a special tattoo. They angle-grind off a fake tattoo from a wanabee, and kill and bury someone in a sport stadium of some kind. The main actors in this seem kind of rubbish.

Not as bad as in Las Vegas though - that seemed like a fairly terribly show. Michael DeLuise AND David DeLuise are in this, as idiot brothers who turn out not to be idiots after all, and who are only just foiled in their attempt to steal and sell lots and lots of data. He was a fraternity boy in Tales from the Crypt, who uses a synthesiser to create sounds of terror for a haunted house to haze the pledges. Earlier in the episode he looked disgusted when Matt Dillon made a pledge kiss the soles of his dog-shit-covered shoes. I couldn't quite work out whether it was with Matt Dillon for making the pledge do something so horrible or with the pledge to do it. That's the thing with a DeLuise character. You get a subtle ambiguity that just isn't reliably present in other families.

He is also in TV with his family. He was in an episode of Stargate SG-1, that not only did Peter DeLuise direct, he was also IN, playing a director directing Michael DeLuise in Wormhole X-treme, a take-off of Stargate. I assume this from the context, I haven't watched any of the episodes (though I did once listen to a commentary track of Peter DeLuise). However, I didn't need the episode knowledge to know that it was very funny, and he was loveably befuddled about the whole thing. All THREE brothers and their dad were in an episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun - David DeLuise had a recurring role (as one of Dick's students) and his brothers and dad show up to be his family.

WAY back in 1985 he did his first TV in an episode of Amazing Stories. Dom DeLuise plays Guilt, and Micheal DeLuise is a teenager kissing on a couch. He does it BEAUTIFULLY, and it didn't look rubbish like lots of filmed kissing does, it looked great. I do wonder if it was a little odd to have to do that while your dad walks past in the background, but I'm sure he rose beautifully to the occasion. (From what I can tell, in Between the Sheets, which I own but have not yet watched because I am looking forward to it so much, Michael DeLuise directs Peter DeLuise in a sex scene, so probably they're just a very open family.)

He is also in:

Sunset Beat
L.A. Law
My Two Dads
TV 101
Eisenhower & Lutz

Haunted pretends it's downloading but I know really it's not. I have heard of LA Law and My Two Dads but never seen any of either. The rest are utter mysteries. Is Sunset Beat a cop spin-off from Sunset Beach? I hope so. That would be awesome. I hope the homeless girl with flawless skin, make-up and clothing shows up a lot.

Recurring roles in TV
These are the best value DeLuise for your buck. Or for your download gbs. HOURS of TV shows that he's in. It's especially good because imdb will tell you exactly which episodes Michael DeLuise is in, so you don't have to sit through lesser mortals in your quest for brilliance.

My first introduction to Michael DeLuise was JUMP! Street, of course. He plays Joey Penhall, who is the younger brother of Doug Penhall (the actual, Peter DeLuise Penhall). In his first episode he gets punched by his brother, then sent to a cult, then kidnapped from the cult by Penhall, handcuffed to a radiator and forcefed a cheeseburger to save him. IT WAS AWES. In a later episode he gets a bit messed up and then saved by getting sent to a hospital to look after babies. Oh JUMP! Street how I love you. I was rewatching it with Jess, but now she has deserted me for warmer climes (that's not actually the reason, but since I got sleeted on this morning I can only think of weather) I might have to keep going on my own.

The next thing I saw him in I also watched for Peter DeLuise - it's SeaQuest DSV. SeaQuest is science fiction only under the sea instead of in space. Sea-fi, if you will, as I always gleefully tell people who are foolish enough to let me talk to them about SeaQuest. Peter DeLuise is Dagwood, a genetically created prototype with shadows on his face, and Michael DeLuise is Tony Piccolo, a man who has gills, which he got in an agreement to get released from prison early. He swims with the stupid dolphin sometimes. They are not brothers, but they are in so many scenes together as friends, and one time they bond over a little baby who is actually their niece in real life. Tony Piccolo never learnt to read, and he gets taught by an officer lady whom he loves. Dagwood makes friends with some other Daggers, and leaves the ship for a little bit but learns that they are actually properly his friends and returns. It's lovely. I think I'm going to watch the first series properly, even though they're not in it (though actually Peter DeLuise has some sort of random bit role, and Dustin Nyugen (Ioki)'s in there too) because it's a good show, and Stephanie Beacham's the ship's doctor in that series.

Brooklyn South was the first show I watched just for him. He plays Phil Rusikov, a cop who transfers into the precinct in the first episode. He's partnered with the best cop there, and starts having a really low-key romance with his sister. His partner's sister, that is. His partner's sister, Kathleen, is played by Rayanne from My So-Called Life. They break up because she doesn't like that sometimes he has different opinions from her brother, and he feels like she'll never look up to him as much as she looks up to her brother. But he still quietly loves her. He is also great and refuses to lie to protect a fellow cop when that cop beat up a gay man. And he is nice to a cop who turns out to be with Internal Affairs. (Also in Brooklyn South, Hal from Malcolm in the Middle is a homophobic IAD cop who tries to frame the lovely lovely desk sergeant (I love the desk sergeant, he is SO nice) because he thinks he's gay too. He isn't gay, but sort of pretends he is to piss of IAD and asks him if he's ever tried being gay, because he hadn't before, but now it's given him a whole new lease of life.) I wasn't very taken with it for the first couple of episodes but it really grew on me, and now I'm rewatching it very happily.

I finished Gilmore Girls, and I love TJ. I don't love anyone else. Luke is a dick, and I'm glad TJ told him so. TJ is Luke's sister's husband, and he is great. He is enthusiastic about lots of stuff, and a really good carpenter, and wants to help people, even if he's not very good at actually doing it. There was one point where we were supposed to believe, for a bit at least, that TJ had walked out on his pregnant wife. NO DELUISE WOULD DO THAT. Unless they're playing an evil character, but even then it would be a bit of a stretch. The plot of Gilmore Girls is that TJ comes to town, enthuses a bit about tights, tries to talk Jesse (is that his name? sullen young chap, told Rory he loved her and then went away) into being nice to Liz, gets married while Luke makes snide remarks, works at Ren Faire stalls, moves to Stars Hollow where he tries to be a contractor and sometimes helps Luke do woodwork stuff, has a baby and then tries to help look after Luke when he's sad. Around that, people talk fast, have silly relationships and are generally kind of dicks.

(David DeLuise came and played his brother being his best man for a few episodes. I only really love David DeLuise (I mean, he seems really nice too, and he plays happy characters, but I just don't love him like I love Peter, or Michael) when he is playing his brothers' brother. That said, I downloaded the first series of Wizards of Waverly Place where he is a lovely dad, and have become very attached to it, mostly because Selena Gomez is great. [ profile] ankaret had told me about the chemistry between her and her elder brother, and it is both true and rather great. (They are not actually siblings.) I also enjoy the woman who shows up to be a sort of surly deadpan person in various guises. Right now she's a sort of receptionist at Volcanoland.)

Some of my Best Friends is a sitcom where Michael DeLuise is the friend of a young straight actor who mistakenly moves in with a gay man (who is Justin Bateman). Michael DeLuise is a little bit homophobic, but mostly in a kind of ignorant way rather than hateful. He learns several over the course of the 8 episodes though. It was very odd to see him with a laugh track. It's all available on youtube, and though it's not the best work he's ever done he is still quite great of course and you could do worse with your evenings. Or mornings, or afternoons. Any time is DeLuise time.

I'm towards the end of his appearances in NYPD Blue. I like that they call him Andy J, and that Andy's partners are nice and shake his hand and say nice things about him to Andy. (What happened to John? Why does Andy feel he got passed over for promotion? What happened to Andy J's car that Andy bought him? In the third series he suddenly has a rubbish car not bought from the Boccio man.) So far, Andy J shows up to tell his estranged father Andy that he is getting married, then Andy ruins his relationship because his fiance turned out to be lying and not having his baby after all. (She is pregnant. It just wasn't his.) Then Andy J gets wrongfully picked up for selling drugs and Andy sorts it out. Andy J intitally thinks that his dad just pulled strings, but what really happened is that Andy went and solved the whole crime because he believed his son, but he wouldn't just pull strings because he's not that sort of cop. Then Andy bought Andy J a car while solving a kidnapping (which is the one I don't know what happened to), then he joined the air force BUT he still managed to finagle a pass to come to his dad's wedding which was just LOVELY. Unfortunately he tore his rotator cuff and had to leave (Andy got all worked up about it because he thought it was drugs or something and clearly blamed himself), but he's been accepted to join the police and that was OH MY GOD great when he told Andy. These past couple of episodes Andy has been showing Andy J how to think like a cop when walking along the street at night. I know the ending for Andy J, but I can't quite remember what I was told happens. I am not looking forward to it. (I wrote this paragraph before I got to the end of series 3, and now I have seen it and I cried almost all the way through, it was so very sad. Dennis Franz is amazingly good.)

He is also in two series from the 1980s that I can't find anywhere, and probably never will. One of the Boys is apparently about "an independent, motorcycle-riding Cuban/Venezuelan female who left her rich family to come to America". Frankly, I would watch that even if a DeLuise hadn't been anywhere near it. Michael DeLuise appears to play her stepson, improbably called Luke Lukowski. There are unaccountably only 6 episodes of that. Then there's One Big Family, which made it to a full 25 episodes, where Michael DeLuise seems to play a grandkid of a retired comedian.

OH GOD it seems so unfair that I will probably never see everything he's ever been in. I went and looked on the NY Museum of TV and Radio to see if they had episodes in their catalogue, but they didn't. I'm sort of relieved because it would have been absolutely ridiculous to go to America to go and sit in a room to watch TV and I'm glad I don't have to decide whether or not I'm actually that committed.

Date: 2012-04-10 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, My Two Dads. They're not gay, you know. At all.

Date: 2012-04-10 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, now - I read the blurb for that, and assumed that they were gay of course, but then I remembered "America" and "for kids" and thought that they weren't of course. So what does the show think that the plot is?

Date: 2012-04-10 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Kid lives with her mother. Mother dies, leaving custody of her to two men who might be her father. They are hilariously different. Hijinks ensue. And for some reason, the judge who gave them joint custody lives downstairs from them and acts as wise woman; also deals with any wimmin things.

Date: 2012-04-10 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Should you ever wish it I can sing you the theme tune to My Two Dads. All of it.

Date: 2012-04-10 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am absolutely going to hold you to that the next time we meet in person.

Am I the only person who's never seen any of it?

Date: 2012-04-10 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm sure you are not. I'd like to see some of it again, I mainly only remember the DNA test that wasn't.

Date: 2012-04-10 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The DNA test that wasn't?

Date: 2012-04-10 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Are you going to watch it and if so will I be spoiling things for you? I don't want to be a spoilery person.

Date: 2012-04-10 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No - not at all! I can't find it to watch anyway, and if I do it'll only be the episodes that M DeLuise is in. (To start with. I make no promises about not forming a ridiculous attachment to American TV aimed at children.)

Date: 2012-04-10 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They did a DNA test to find out who the real dad was (as would have been sensible in the beginning but of course ruining the show's premise) but the girl destroyed it before looking at the results. But! The judge turned landlady had looked and she knew, but we never found out.

Date: 2012-04-10 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Did the one in 3rd Rock play Bug? I achieved sudden knowledge of what a DeLuise's face looks like.

Date: 2012-04-10 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes! He is Bug. He doesn't always look as confused as he does on 3rd Rock, but quite often in Waverly Place.

Date: 2012-04-10 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I loved SeaQuest. I was all about the Brandis (sad face) and I think I watched the whole thing.

It's Jess in Gilmore Girls. I love that show and Luke so prob best to leave it there. Jess was a knob though.

And I have watched a DeLuise in a tv series but I can't remember which one (person or series). I will check on IMDB. I am having vague memories of the plot.

Date: 2012-04-10 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Right, it was David in Jesse.

Date: 2012-04-10 09:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
SeaQuest is great! I quite liked Brandis's character, he wasn't nearly as annoying as he could have been. And he roomed with Tony Piccolo so that was nice for him.

I might have different feelings about Luke if he had different feeling about TJ. I'm petty.

Jesse! I watched some of that recently, it was okay. Maybe I will get some more. I've just finished the first series of Wizards of Waverly Place, so I could keep going with David.

Date: 2012-04-11 09:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I adore Surly Deadpan Lady and was very disappointed that she faded out as the seasons progressed. The relationship between Justin and Alex, on the other hand, only gets steamily weirder. I keep wondering whether someone at the Disney Channel is doing it on purpose, possibly as some kind of 'fuck you' to the mother ship for closing a ride he loved at Disneyland in 1987 or something.

Date: 2012-04-11 12:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's a shame, it's a delight whenever she shows up. Although I can't find the other series easily, so perhaps I will just skip to the end and watch the wizard tournament (though I already know the outcome). I will be sad not to witness the steamy developments of Justin and Alex though.

Date: 2012-04-21 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am watching the WoWP movie, and Alex and Justin are having MEGA chemistry in a cave. It's downright ridiculous.

Date: 2012-04-22 09:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The bit where they sleep curled up together? I KNOW.

Very similar things happen at least twice in Pair Of Kings, between non-related-looking twins. I am beginning to wonder whether Disney has some bizarre siblingcest-related agenda.

Date: 2012-04-12 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Bring the DVDs to Uzbekistan!

Date: 2012-04-12 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I shall bring mpegs if you'll have a method of watching them with you!

Date: 2012-04-13 06:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I imagine I shall have my laptop!

Date: 2012-04-13 09:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have nothing to say to you about Michael DeLuise, I'm afraid, but I share your pain about Class Cruise because when I developed a MASSIVE CRUSH on the boy who played Peter Pan in the phenomenally good PJ Hogan adaptation, it turned out his only other imdb credit was a made-for-TV movie in which he was PREYED UPON by an OLDER AND SEXUALLY PREDATORY WOMAN on the INTERNET, which, mash that up in my head with Peter Pan (in which Lucius Malfoy plays Hook), and HAPPINESS ENSUES. But anyway, I can't find the stupid made-for-TV movie anywhere. (Though now that I do torrenting, perhaps...?)

Date: 2012-04-13 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh my god, I looked that up and it sounds FABULOUS. Assuming it's Cyber Seduction: His secret life, where "A high school kid (Sumpter) develops an addiction to Internet porn so intense that it begins to destroy his life and tear his family apart. "

(No idea how current/accurate these links are, but... )


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