This is so sad. Don Rickles, a well-known stand-up comedian, died at his home in Los Angeles on April 6. He was 90 years old.
Don Rickles died at his home in Los Angeles on April 6, TMZ reports. The legendary comic had been suffering from kidney failure, and his wife, Barbara, was reportedly by his side in his final moments.
After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1946, Don pursued a career in acting. When he struggled to get work in the field, he began performing stand-up comedy, jumpstarting his work as a comedian. Don found the audience preferred his insulting reactions to hecklers as opposed to his prepared performances, so he began adding this into his regular routines.
Don got his big break with the help of Frank Sinatra, who he met at a nightclub in Miami in the 1950s. Through his comedy, Don eventually began to get work in acting — his film debut was in the 1958 movie Run Silent, Run Deep. Along with acting, Don also began to appear on late night talk shows, eventually becoming a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
In 2008, Don won a Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for his work on Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, a documentary that aired on HBO in Dec. 2007. Don also voices Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story, its sequels, and subsequent short films, TV spots and video games. He remains listed as the character’s voice in Toy Story 4, due out in 2019.
Don and Barbara married in 1965 and had two children, Mindy and Larry. Sadly, Larry died at just 41 years old in 2011 after suffering from complications from pneumonia. Along with Mindy and Barbara, Don is also survived by grandchildren Ethan and Harrison Mann.
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