Don Rickles dies: 'king of zing' and insults

Tomas Mccoy
April 15, 2017

Passing away at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, Rickles was one of the last bastions of old-time, vintage comedy.

The highly influential comedian, renowned for his lightning-quick wit and observational comedic insults, died on Thursday (April 6th) at his home in Los Angeles, his publicist told The Hollywood Reporter.

Another big fan was Johnny Carson and Rickles became a frequent guest and guest host, appearing more than 100 times on "The Tonight Show". The episode also included a highlight package of Kimmel and Rickles' best moments together, and Kimmel reminiscing about Rickles' life and career with Adam Sandler.

A veteran of dozens of movies dating from the 1950s and a Las Vegas regular, he is best known to newer audiences as the voice of Mr Potato Head from Pixar's Toy Story franchise.

Rickles is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara, two children and two grandchildren.

Don Rickles which was called an insult machine who made a living of making fun of people of all colors and creeds, for poor and reach and famous like Frank Sinatra for six decades, died today.

"I knew Don Rickles from the early, early days of his career when he came to California", Reiner says. "I'm already crying, which is embarrassing but. well, I'm not good with this sort of thing". Sadly, the younger generation won't have a chance to be made fun of by the man affectionately known as "Mr. Warmth", as the cantankerous comedian has died at age 90.


James Caan once said that Rickles helped inspire the blustering Sonny Corleone of "The Godfather".

"God bless you, Don Rickles", Colbert said.

Thanks to the host's truly touching opening monologue, you can really get a sense of what Rickles meant to Kimmel on and off screen.

Dear Jimmy, thanks so much for the handsome frame of you and I. Who needs Sinatra, your picture of us together is much more important.

"There will never be another Don Rickles", Kimmel says at the top of the segment. "What people don't know is that he was a serious actor who studied acting in New York City and he was a very dear person".

Rickles' comedy endured several generations. "Then you'd see him with Johnny Carson", Jimmy continued, adding Don was "very sweet, thoughtful, and humble".

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