Remembering Don Rickles: 1926 – 2017
Don Rickles touched the lives and hearts of many people with his wit and comedic style. He’s been known to roast members of the audience during his stand-up routines, acting in movies alongside many stars, and bringing laughter to talk-show hosts Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, and David Letterman.
To many fans, he will be known for his voice acting in the super successful Toy Story series, lending his talents to the role of Mr. Potato Head.
For his performance in 2007’s Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, Rickles won a Primetime Emmy award. He also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000 and the TV Land ‘Legend Award’ in 2009. Rickles even received Grammy nominations for Best Comedy Recording in 1968 and 1969 for ‘Hello, Dummy!’ and ‘Don Rickes Speaks,’ respectively, though he never won.
Rickles was born in Queens, New York, on May 8, 1926. On Thursday, April 6, 2017, Don Rickles passed away at his home in Beverly Hills, California, due to kidney failure. With his passing, he leaves behind two grandchildren, Ethan and Harrison Mann, his daughter, Mindy, and his wife, Barbara Sklar. Larry Rickles, his son, passed away in 2011. Don Rickles was 90 years old.