Don Rickles was an American comedian and actor who was known for his sarcastic humor and rapid-fire insults. He was born on May 8, 1926, in Queens, New York, and passed away on April 6, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.
Rickles began his career as a stand-up comedian in the 1950s, performing in nightclubs and on television variety shows.
He gained national prominence in the 1960s and 1970s with appearances on talk shows and frequent appearances on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast specials.
Rickles was known for his ability to insult people in a way that was simultaneously biting and affectionate. He often referred to people as “hockey pucks” or “dummy” and his targets ranged from fellow celebrities to audience members.
In addition to his work as a comedian, Rickles also had a successful career as an actor.
He appeared in numerous films, including “Kelly’s Heroes,” “Casino,” and the “Toy Story” series, where he voiced the character Mr. Potato Head.
Rickles was also a regular guest on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and later appeared on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Don Rickles Parents: Meet Etta Rickles, Max Rickles
Don Rickles’ parents were Max Rickles and Etta Feldman. They were both Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, with Max coming from Lithuania and Etta from Poland.
Max worked as a clerk in a New York City insurance company, while Etta was a housewife. Don was the only child of Max and Etta Rickles.