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Birth information

8 May 1926 Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, New York, USA

Death information

6 April 2017 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Donald Jay Rickles

Nickname

Mr. Warmth
The Merchant of Venom
Glass Head

How tall is Don Rickles?

1.68 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Barbara Rickles

Life Story of Don Rickles

Donald Jay Rickles was born May 8, 1926 in New York. Following the Golden Era of Hollywood, he remained active until early 2017. He got his start in night clubs, toiling for over 20 years, until 1958, when he made his film debut in Run Silent Run Deep (1958). The movie was a big hit. Afterward, Rickles continued acting, starring in films like X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963), Bikini Beach (1964), Enter Laughing (1967), and Kelly's Heroes (1970). In 1973, Don became a regular on Dean Martin's Celebrity Roasts.

From 1973-84, he appeared frequently on Dean's show, paying tribute to some of his friends, like Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, and was even the roast master on the roast for Dean Martin himself. In 1976, he had his own TV series CPO Sharkey (1976), which enjoyed a two year run. After 1984, he slowed down, appearing in a few minor film roles. In 1995, he made a comeback, appearing with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in Toy Story (1995) in the role of the grouchy Mr. Potato Head. In 1999, he returned as Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story 2 (1999). He died on April 6, 2017, in Los Angeles, California, aged 90. He is interred at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los...

Significant features of Don Rickles

Good-natured insulting of the audience and society in general
Short stature
Bald with a comb-over
Portly stocky physique

How much money has Don Rickles earned?

The Kraft Music Hall (1967) $12,500 / episode (1968-69 season)

Publications and Magazines about Don Rickles

Don Rickles (w/David Ritz Rickles' Book: A Memoir. 2007
Don Rickles (w/David Ritz Rickles' Letters. 2008

What movies did Don Rickles play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Hassle at the Castle Gabby, Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014) Mr. Potato Head, Toy Story of Terror (2013) Mr. Potato Head, Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex (2012) Mr. Potato Head, Hot in Cleveland (2011) Bobby, Toy Story Toons: Small Fry (2011) Mr. Potato Head, Zookeeper (2011) Frog, Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation (2011) Mr. Potato Head, Toy Story 3 (2010) Mr. Potato Head, Toy Story Midway Mania! (2008) Mr. Potato Head, The Unit (2007) Don Rickles / Priest, The Catch (2005) Roy Kozikowski, The Wool Cap (2004) Ira, The Bernie Mac Show (2002) Don Rickles, Toy...

Birth information

8 May 1926 Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, New York, USA

Death information

6 April 2017 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Donald Jay Rickles

Nickname

Mr. Warmth
The Merchant of Venom
Glass Head

How tall is Don Rickles?

1.68 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Barbara Rickles

Life Story of Don Rickles

Donald Jay Rickles was born May 8, 1926 in New York. Following the Golden Era of Hollywood, he remained active until early 2017. He got his start in night clubs, toiling for over 20 years, until 1958, when he made his film debut in Run Silent Run Deep (1958). The movie was a big hit. Afterward, Rickles continued acting, starring in films like X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963), Bikini Beach (1964), Enter Laughing (1967), and Kelly's Heroes (1970). In 1973, Don became a regular on Dean Martin's Celebrity Roasts.

From 1973-84, he appeared frequently on Dean's show, paying tribute to some of his friends, like Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, and was even the roast master on the roast for Dean Martin himself. In 1976, he had his own TV series CPO Sharkey (1976), which enjoyed a two year run. After 1984, he slowed down, appearing in a few minor film roles. In 1995, he made a comeback, appearing with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in Toy Story (1995) in the role of the grouchy Mr. Potato Head. In 1999, he returned as Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story 2 (1999). He died on April 6, 2017, in Los Angeles, California, aged 90. He is interred at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los...

Significant features of Don Rickles

Good-natured insulting of the audience and society in general
Short stature
Bald with a comb-over
Portly stocky physique

How much money has Don Rickles earned?

The Kraft Music Hall (1967) $12,500 / episode (1968-69 season)

Publications and Magazines about Don Rickles

Don Rickles (w/David Ritz Rickles' Book: A Memoir. 2007
Don Rickles (w/David Ritz Rickles' Letters. 2008

What movies did Don Rickles play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Hassle at the Castle Gabby, Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014) Mr. Potato Head, Toy Story of Terror (2013) Mr. Potato Head, Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex (2012) Mr. Potato Head, Hot in Cleveland (2011) Bobby, Toy Story Toons: Small Fry (2011) Mr. Potato Head, Zookeeper (2011) Frog, Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation (2011) Mr. Potato Head, Toy Story 3 (2010) Mr. Potato Head, Toy Story Midway Mania! (2008) Mr. Potato Head, The Unit (2007) Don Rickles / Priest, The Catch (2005) Roy Kozikowski, The Wool Cap (2004) Ira, The Bernie Mac Show (2002) Don Rickles, Toy...

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Don Rickles in Der Mann mit den Röntgenaugen (1963)

He was a regular on "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast". He was even a guest of honor on the variety show.

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Ray Milland and Don Rickles in Der Mann mit den Röntgenaugen (1963)

Attended and graduated from Newtown High School in Elmhurst, Queens, New York. Carroll O'Connor is also an alumnus.

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Robert De Niro and Don Rickles in Casino (1995)

Longtime close friend of Bob Newhart; their families often traveled together over the years.

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Robert De Niro and Don Rickles in Casino (1995)

Aspired to be a serious actor and studied drama at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) before doing a stand-up comedy. His classmates included Grace Kelly, Anne Bancroft and Jason Robards.

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Ray Milland and Don Rickles in Der Mann mit den Röntgenaugen (1963)

The son of Etta (Feldman) and Max Sidney Rickles, his father was a Russian Jewish immigrant. His mother was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents. Don Rickles and his wife were the parents of Mindy Rickles and Larry Rickles, and grandparents of Ethan Mann and Harrison Mann.

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Don Rickles in Der Mann mit den Röntgenaugen (1963)

Served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Cyrene in World War II.

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Ray Milland and Don Rickles in Der Mann mit den Röntgenaugen (1963)

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 17, 2000.

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Don Rickles in Der Mann mit den Röntgenaugen (1963)

When he guest-hosted the December 13, 1976 episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), he accidentally broke the wooden cigarette box which Johnny Carson kept on his desk. When Carson returned to the show the following night and discovered what had happened, he interrupted filming of CPO Sharkey (1976), which Rickles was filming, for a confrontation.

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Phil Arnold, Nancy Kovack, Janet Margolin, Don Rickles, etc.

Became known as an insult comedian when he responded to his hecklers. The audience enjoyed these insults more than his prepared material, and he incorporated them into his act.

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Don Rickles in Dennis - Widerstand zwecklos (1998)

Although a lifelong Democrat, he performed at the inaugurations of Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush with his friend Frank Sinatra.

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Justin Cooper and Don Rickles in Dennis - Widerstand zwecklos (1998)

He never wrote down any of his jokes. He always came up with jokes on the spot.

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Don Rickles in Dennis - Widerstand zwecklos (1998)

Don Rickles got his nickname "Mr. Warmth" from Johnny Carson.

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Don Rickles and Betty White in Dennis - Widerstand zwecklos (1998)

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Scott 'Carrot Top' Thompson, Brian Doyle-Murray, etc.

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Scott 'Carrot Top' Thompson and Don Rickles in Dennis - Widerstand zwecklos (1998)

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Don Rickles and Betty White in Dennis - Widerstand zwecklos (1998)

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Robert De Niro and Don Rickles in Casino (1995)

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Robert De Niro and Don Rickles in Casino (1995)

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Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Kevin Pollak, Oscar Goodman, etc.

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Johnny Carson and Don Rickles in The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)

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Ernest Borgnine and Don Rickles in Die Kaninchenfalle (1959)

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John Stamos, Don Rickles, and Deion Sanders in Grandfathered (2015)

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Donald Sutherland and Don Rickles in Stoßtrupp Gold (1970)

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Clint Eastwood and Don Rickles in Stoßtrupp Gold (1970)

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Clint Eastwood and Don Rickles in Stoßtrupp Gold (1970)

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Clint Eastwood and Don Rickles in Stoßtrupp Gold (1970)

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