Legendary insult comic Don Rickles has died at age 90. News broke on Thursday after that Rickles suffered from kidney failure Thursday morning and passed away at his home in Los Angeles.
In a statement, Paul Shefrin, a representative for Rickles, said:
“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. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara, as well as their daughter Mindy Mann and her husband Ed, and Rickles’ two grandchildren, Ethan and Harrison Mann.”
Don Rickles made his film debut in 1958 in a drama called Run Silent Run Deep. He rose to fame in the 1960’s by starring in several other films and making frequent appearances on The Tonight Show and The Dean Martin Show. He became a staple on Dean Martin’s Celebrity Roasts and even had his own TV show, The Don Rickles Show. Additionally, he also was a regular on The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Gilligan’s Island. Most recently, he voiced the role of Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story films.
Funeral services will be private though, in lieu of flowers, Shefrin suggested that donations be made to the Larry Rickles Endowment Fund at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
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