A comedy legend like no other

Don Rickles has died at 90 after more than 70 years in show business. The comedian, born in New York, got his start in nightclub acts and lesser known movies before getting his big break on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson” in 1965.

In the years that followed, Rickles became known as THE insult comic thanks to his roasts and live performances. He continued to perform in nightclubs, now just to bigger audiences in Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe, even frequently seen in the company of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack.

Aside from the stage, Rickles also conquered both the big and small screen. He appeared in shows including “Archie Bunker’s Place,” “The Lucy Show,” “F Troop," “Get Smart,” “Newhart” and, in 2011, “Hot in Cleveland.” On the big screen, Rickles is best known for his role in Martin Scorsese's "Casino" and as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the "Toy Story" franchise.

Rickles is survived by his wife of 52 years along with a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Larry Rickles Endowment Fund at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

 
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