David DeLuise Talks Weight Loss

“Wizards of Waverly Place” papa David DeLuise finished Season 3 with the series family about to walk home through the desert.  He started Season 4 with his character entering his house, saying, “Wow, that was a long walk.  I feel like I’ve lost 35 pounds.”

The thing is, DeLuise HAS lost 35 – make it 37 – pounds in recent months.  He says he was “just sitting with a buddy of mine, saying ‘I’m happy with every aspect of my life except this’” – meaning his weight.  And he decided to do something about it.  He started hiking, spinning and “I just made it happen,” he tells us.  Coincidentally, he ran into series son David Henrie and his real-life dad on a hiking trail between seasons, “and he said, ‘Oh, my God!  Half of your face is gone!’”

DeLuise, youngest son of late comedy legend Dom, has acknowledged in the past that his dad’s weight was probably an issue that hastened his demise.

“You get healthy and it’s such a positive thing,” he acknowledges.  “You exercise, you get all your aggressions out.  You get all the endorphins.  My daughters like that I’m exercising.  And living a healthier lifestyle, you come across people who are happy, who are positive, because they, too, are trying to do something good for themselves.”

DeLuise says he’d like to lose another pound or two, but now, “What I would like, ultimately, to do is get more cut – get a little more muscle.  So I look more like what the women want,” he says with a laugh.

With 17 episodes left to shoot of “WOWP,” he’s focusing on directing as well as acting on the show.  He’s now helmed three episodes, and says, “I’m going to do two more.  The next one I’m doing is in November.  Of course my hope is that I get a shot at doing a show that is not mine, so that I can navigate my directing position from the beginning.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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