Honorary Rat Pack member and legendary insult comic Don Rickles has died at the age of 90. Rickles’ longtime publicist Paul Shefrin confirmed that he died of kidney failure, just months before his 91st birthday.
Rickles’ career spanned several decades and although he had many stints on TV and in films, he was best known for his nightclub performances. He was also known for voicing Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story films, which took him into the sometimes more lucrative field of family entertainment.
Don Rickles was born in Manhattan, and his education was mainly from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City after serving his stint in the Navy during World War II. His first breakthrough appearance was likely the Johnny Carson show in 1965, which vaulted him into the well-known career of late night and nightclub comedy performances – which then led to everything else.
Rickles remained a main stay on the comedy scene until his death, and he will be sorely missed by the public and his fans. Many people may not have known the breadth and extent of his acting roles – and even his abilities – but the industry certainly did, having saluted him in a Spike TV special ‘One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute To Don Rickles.’
He was survived by his wife, Barbara, a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren.
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— Kay Arnold (@KarnoldKay) April 6, 2017