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‘Mr. Warmth’ Director John Landis Remembers Don Rickles: ‘An Equal Opportunity Slanderer’

11 April 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When director John Landis first met Don Rickles, he was just an 18-year old “go-fer, a schlepper,” on the set of war comedy “Kelly’s Heroes.” Long before Landis directed such classics as “Animal House” and “The Blues Brothers,” the young production assistant forged many friendships over the nine-month shoot in Yugoslavia.

“For me at 18, it was heaven,” says Landis of working with the likes of Rickles, Donald Sutherland, Clint Eastwood, Harry Dean Stanton, and Telly Savalas.

Flash forward more than four decades and many Rickles shows later, to 2007, when Landis is approached by Rickles’ son Larry, who died in 2011, to direct a film about his dad. “I didn’t think he was getting the respect he should,” even though he was still appearing on talkshows, Landis explains.

The legendarily hard-working comedian was hesitant at first, worrying that putting his act on TV might mean fewer people would come to his live shows. So »

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‘Mr. Warmth’ Director John Landis Remembers Don Rickles: ‘An Equal Opportunity Slanderer’

11 April 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When director John Landis first met Don Rickles, he was just an 18-year old “go-fer, a schlepper,” on the set of war comedy “Kelly’s Heroes.” Long before Landis directed such classics as “Animal House” and “The Blues Brothers,” the young production assistant forged many friendships over the nine-month shoot in Yugoslavia.

“For me at 18, it was heaven,” says Landis of working with the likes of Rickles, Donald Sutherland, Clint Eastwood, Harry Dean Stanton, and Telly Savalas.

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Flash forward more than four decades and many Rickles shows later, to 2007, when Landis is approached by Rickles’ son Larry, who died in 2011, to direct a film about his dad. “I didn’t think he was getting the respect he should,” even though he was still appearing on talkshows, Landis explains.

The legendarily hard-working comedian was hesitant at first, worrying »

- Pat Saperstein

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Insult comic Don Rickles dies aged 90

6 April 2017 8:11 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Martin Scorsese pays tribute: “It was like listening to a great jazz musician wail.”

Don Rickles, legendary comedian and actor, died on Thursday in Los Angeles of kidney failure. He was 90.

Born in New York City, Rickles began his career in nightclubs where he earned his reputation as an insult comic after his manner of responding to hecklers became as popular as the material itself. 

Rickles’ career spanned more than six decades and included continued stand-up routines, acting in television and film, as well as regular appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Show with David Letterman.

The comedian may be best known to contemporary audiences as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in Pixar’s Toy Story films, including the latest instalment, Toy Story 4, due to hit theatres in 2019. 

He got his break in the 1958 war film Run Silent Run Deep alongside Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster, followed by dramatic »

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Don Rickles, 'insult comic', dies aged 90

6 April 2017 4:11 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Legendary comedian had roles in Toy Story and Casino.

Don Rickles, legendary comedian and actor, died on Thursday in Los Angeles of kidney failure. He was 90.

Born in New York City, Rickles began his career in nightclubs where he earned his reputation as an insult comic after his manner of responding to hecklers became as popular as the material itself. 

Rickles’ career spanned more than six decades and included continued stand-up routines, acting in television and film, as well as regular appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Show with David Letterman.

The comedian may be best known to contemporary audiences as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in Pixar’s Toy Story films, including the latest instalment, Toy Story 4, due to hit theatres in 2019. 

He got his break in the 1958 war film Run Silent Run Deep alongside Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster, followed by dramatic turns in The Rabbit Trap and X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes »

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Don Rickles, Legendary Comedian And Actor, Dead At 90

6 April 2017 1:23 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Don Rickles, nicknamed The Merchant of Venom, has died at age 90. Rickles pioneered insult comedy and became a sensation on television and night clubs in the 1960s. He was performing until recently. Rickles had started as a dramatic actor and scored some supporting roles in memorable films but it was his stand-up comedy routine that made him a legend.  Rickles penchant for insulting celebrities and everyday people paved the way for a new brand of comedy, though Rickles never delved into the vulgarity that characterizes many of the acts performed by those he inspired. Rickles' appearances on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson and the Dean Martin celebrity roasts were the stuff of legendary comedy moments on television. He occasionally delved back into acting in major hit films such as "Kelly's Heroes", "Casino" and the "Toy Story" franchise for which he provided the voice of Mr. Potato Head. He »

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Don Rickles, Legendary Comedian, Passes Away at 90

6 April 2017 12:46 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Hollywood community is in morning once again, with another iconic performer passing away. Don Rickles, the legendary insult comedian and actor, died at the age of 90, in his Los Angeles home. The actor/comedian's publicist, Paul Shefrin, confirmed that his client had succumbed to kidney failure earlier today.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the funeral services will be private, and that donations can be made in the late comedian's name to his son's organization, the Larry Rickles Endowment Fund at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Don Rickles was born May 8, 1926 in New York City, raised in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens. He graduated from Newtown High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, after which, he returned home and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Don Rickles got his start in the entertainment business by performing as a stand-up comedian for several years. »

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Don Rickles’ Final Tweet Was a Loving Tribute to His Wife Barbara for Their 52nd Anniversary — 3 Weeks Before His Death

6 April 2017 12:21 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Three weeks prior to his death, Don Rickles shared his final tweet, which he made in loving tribute to his wife, Barbara.

On March 11, Rickles celebrated his 52nd wedding anniversary with his bride and expressed his love for her on Twitter.

“We are celebrating our 52nd Wedding Anniversary March 14th. Happy Anniversary my dear wife, Barbara. You are my life. Xo Pussycat (Me),” he tweeted.

We are celebrating our 52nd Wedding Anniversary March 14th. Happy Anniversary my dear wife, Barbara. You are my life. ❤️❌⭕Pussycat

(Me)

Don Rickles (@DonRickles) March 12, 2017

Rickles married Barbara in 1965 and shared two children with her: their late son Larry Rickles, »

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From The People Archives: Don Rickles on How to Survive Showbiz in Three Easy Steps

6 April 2017 11:39 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The world said goodbye to legendary comedian Don Rickles on Thursday.

“Emmy-Award winning iconic comedian Don Rickles passed away at his home Los Angeles this morning (Thursday) as a result of kidney failure. Rickles would have turned 91 on May 8. Rickles also had great success as an actor and best-selling author,” Rickles rep said in a statement obtained by People.

Speaking with People in 2008, the late veteran actor revealed the three steps to survive the showbiz industry:

Ditch the Glitz

“I live a pretty normal, non-showbiz life. When I am not up onstage, I’m at home watching the Lakers or »

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Don Rickles, Legendary Comedian and Actor, Dies at 90

6 April 2017 11:37 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Rest in peace, Don Rickles.

The iconic comedian died of kidney failure on Thursday morning, his rep tells Et. He was 90.

Watch: Mary Tyler Moore Dies at 80

Throughout his career, Rickles had great success as both an actor and best-selling author. The Emmy winner started his work as a stand-up comedian in the 1950s after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy after serving in World War II. Following years of "insult" comedy work, Rickles made his dramatic film debut in 1958's Run Silent, Run Deep, and spent the next several decades working in both film and television.

In 1965, Rickles made his first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Carson, and appeared on the show more than 100 times throughout Carson's reign. Rickles' stage quickly expanded past television, as he performed at the presidential inaugurations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush with his friend, Frank Sinatra.

Rickles was honored »

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Don Rickles, Legendary Insult Comic, Dies at 90

6 April 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Abrasive comic Don Rickles, the honorary Rat Pack member and celebrity roast guest whose career spanned six decades, has died. He was 90.

Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, his longtime publicist Paul Shefrin confirmed. He would have turned 91 on May 8.

Though he appeared in films and on television, Rickles’ mainstay was always nightclub performances, appearing in Las Vegas and elsewhere into his late 80s. He also found late success as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” films, which were exceptional box office performers, and popped up frequently on latenight talkshows.

Rickles’ career had its ups and downs as comedic tastes changed, and his curmudgeonly persona was sometimes out of kilter with audience tastes, but he survived long after many of his contemporaries had disappeared into retirement. And when he was hot, he was a potent club headliner, insulting his »

- Richard Natale

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Don Rickles, Legendary Insult Comic, Dies at 90

6 April 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Abrasive comic Don Rickles, the honorary Rat Pack member and celebrity roast guest whose career spanned six decades, has died. He was 90.

Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, his longtime publicist Paul Shefrin confirmed. He would have turned 91 on May 8.

Though he appeared in films and on television, Rickles’ mainstay was always nightclub performances, appearing in Las Vegas and elsewhere into his late 80s. He also found late success as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” films, which were exceptional box office performers, and popped up frequently on latenight talkshows.

Rickles’ career had its ups and downs as comedic tastes changed, and his curmudgeonly persona was sometimes out of kilter with audience tastes, but he survived long after many of his contemporaries had disappeared into retirement. And when he was hot, he was a potent club headliner, insulting his audience with his two key signature phrases »

- Richard Natale

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