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Don Rickles

Don Rickles

Donald Jay Rickles (May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017) was an American actor, author, and stand-up comedian. He was known especially for his insult comedy. His film roles included Run Silent, Run Deep (1958) with Clark Gable, Carl Reiner's Enter Laughing (1967), Clint Eastwood's Kelly's Heroes (1970), and Martin Scorsese's Casino (1995) with Robert De Niro; beginning in 1976, he enjoyed a two-year run starring in the NBC television sitcom C.P.O. Sharkey and had his own sitcom called The Don Rickles Show (1972). A headline performer at Las Vegas hotel-casinos and peripheral member of the Rat Pack via friendship with Frank Sinatra, Rickles received widespread exposure as a frequent guest on talk and variety shows, including The Dean Martin Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Show with David Letterman, and later voicing Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story franchise. He won a Primetime Emmy Award for the 2007 documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project. In 2014, he was honored by fellow comedians at the Apollo Theatre which was taped and released on Spike TV entitled, Don Rickles: One Night Only.
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