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 Wife: Meet Barbara Sklar
Don Rickles was married to his wife, Barbara Sklar, from 1965 until his death in 2017.
Barbara Sklar was an executive in the television industry, and the couple met when Rickles was performing on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” where Sklar worked as a producer.
They were married for more than 50 years and had two children together, a daughter named Mindy and a son named Larry.
Despite the demands of their respective careers, Rickles and Sklar remained devoted to each other, and Rickles often credited his wife with being his biggest supporter and source of strength.