Remembering Comedian Don Rickles 1926-2017

The Emmy-Award winning comic coined as “Mr. Warmth” by late night talk show host Johnny Carson, Rickles would have turned 91 on May 8. He won a 2008 prime time Emmy called “Mr. Warmth” — a sarcastic reference to “the king of insults”. Yet, ironically, his targets of comedic insults loved being entertained by him.  One of the very first comedians to start his international career in Las Vegas, Don Rickles is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara, their daughter Mindy Mann and her husband Ed, and Rickles’ two grandchildren, Ethan and Harrison Mann.

Rickles was born in New York City on May 8, 1926. He served in the Navy in World War II and studied acting at New York’s Academy of Dramatic Arts. When his dramatic efforts didn’t pan out, he turned to comedy and became the pied piper of insulting everyone including U.S. President Ronald Reagan at his inaugural dinner.

An honorary member of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack, Rickles was a frequent quest on late-night talk shows.

On screen, Rickles was best known for film appearances in films such as “Run Silent, Run Deep,” “The Rat Race,” “Kelly’s Heroes” and “Casino.” He also lent his voice to Mr. Potato Head in Pixar’s “Toy Story” films.

“Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the Rickles family suggested that donations be made to the Larry Rickles Endowment Fund at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.”

 

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