Don Rickles

Comedian, Actor
The Merchant of Venom. The Master of Insults. Mr. Warmth. These were just a few of the labels given to actor and comedian Don Rickles, who in the course of a decades-long career on stage, film and television came to ... Read more »
Born: 05/07/1926 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (118)

Toy Story That Time Forgot 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

Baby-O 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dateline NBC 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2011 - 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2010, 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Toy Story Of Terror! 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Voice

The Comedy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside Comedy 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Zookeeper 2011 (Movie)

Frog (Voice)

Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Battle for Late Night 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Toy Story 3 2010 (Movie)

Mr. Potato Head (Voice)

TV Land Awards 2009 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Unit 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Aristocrats 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Las Vegas Live! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Years of Hope and Humor 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bernie Mac Show 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nightclub Years 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Newhart: The Last Sane Man 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Monty Hall 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 Essence Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Toy Story 2 1999 (Movie)

Voice of Mr Potato Head (Actor)

Dennis the Menace Strikes Again 1998 (Movie)

Mr Wilson (Actor)

Dirty Work 1998 (Movie)

Hamilton (Actor)

Mighty Ducks 1996 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Quest for Camelot 1998 (Movie)

of 'Cornwall' the Two-Headed Dragon (Voice)

Comic Relief's 10th Anniversary 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Hockey Cup 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Single Guy 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

All-Star TV Censored Mega Bloopers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra: 80 Years My Way 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Casino 1995 (Movie)

Billy Sherbert (Actor)

Toy Story 1995 (Movie)

Voice of Mr Potato Head (Actor)

Daddy Dearest 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of TV's Censored Bloopers 2 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars VI 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Innocent Blood 1992 (Movie)

Emmanuel Bergman (Actor)

Keaton's Cop 1990 (Movie)

Jake Barber (Actor)

The Ventriloquist's Dummy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Las Vegas: An All Star 75th Anniversary 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

All Star Party For Clint Eastwood 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's All-Star Super Bowl Party 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns Comedy Week 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns' 90th Birthday Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Rickles on the Loose 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Foul Ups, Bleeps and Blunders 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood's Private Home Movies 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Ladies and Gentleman... Bob Newhart, Part II 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra -- The First 40 Years 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Show 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Dean Martin's Celebrity Roast 1973 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns' 100th Birthday Party 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

A Tribute to "Mr. Television," Milton Berle 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob! 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

C.P.O. Sharkey 1976 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's World of Comedy 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Hi, I'm Glen Campbell 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Rickles 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Don Rickles Show 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

A Couple of Dons 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

A Show Business Salute to Milton Berle 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Benny's Second Farewell Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (11/13/73) 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Don Rickles -- Alive and Kicking 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (02/08/73) 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Don Rickles Show 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Many Sides of Don Rickles 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

A Last Laugh at the 60's 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Smart 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Kelly's Heroes 1970 (Movie)

Crapgame (Actor)

The Don Adams Special: Hooray for Hollywood 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Where It's At 1969 (Movie)

Willie (Actor)

Enter Laughing 1967 (Movie)

Harry Hamburger (Actor)

F Troop 1965 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Gilligan's Island 1964 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder At NBC 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Russian Roulette 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Beach Blanket Bingo 1965 (Movie)

Big Drop (Actor)

Bikini Beach 1964 (Movie)

Big Drag (Actor)

Muscle Beach Party 1963 (Movie)

Jack Fanny (Actor)

Pajama Party 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

X 1962 (Movie)

Crane (Actor)

The Rat Race 1960 (Movie)

Nellie (Actor)

Run Silent, Run Deep 1958 (Movie)

Ruby (Actor)

The Rabbit Trap 1958 (Movie)

(Actor)

For the Love of It (TV Show)

Actor

The Horror Hall of Fame II (TV Show)

Actor

The Wool Cap (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The Merchant of Venom. The Master of Insults. Mr. Warmth. These were just a few of the labels given to actor and comedian Don Rickles, who in the course of a decades-long career on stage, film and television came to define the tone and persona of the insult comic. But despite his withering barrage of put-downs, Rickles remained a favorite of celebrities and audiences alike, thanks to both an unflaggingly quick wit and a genuine affection for his targets. Those qualities where always on display in one form or another, but never so hilariously than when he was a regular fixture on the celebrity roast circuit in the 1960s and 1970s. Meanwhile, Rickles went from the comic stage to film with roles in "The Rat Race" (1960) and "Muscle Beach Party" (1964), and later had a co-starring turn as a hustling supply sergeant in "Kelly's Heroes" (1970). While largely absent from the big screen over the next two decades in order to focus on television, which included numerous appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (NBC, 1962-1992), Rickles made something of a comeback with a high profile role in "Casino" (1995) while voicing Mr. Potato Head in the "Toy Story" franchise. In the next century, he remained active in stand-up comedy and was the subject of the documentary "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project" (HBO, 2007), which went behind the scenes to reveal Rickles as an engaging personality who was indeed filled with warmth, humor and humanity.

Relationships

Barbara Rickles Actor

Wife
Married March 14, 1965

Larry Rickles Actor

Son
Born May 12, 1970; mother, Barbara Rickles Produced the documentary "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project" in 2007 Died of respiratory failure on Dec. 3, 2011

Max Rickles

Father

Etta Rickles

Mother

Mindy Rickles

Daughter
Born in June 1966; mother, Barbara Rickles

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

Newtown High School

Queens , New York

Milestones

2010

Reprised the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the animated feature "Toy Story 3"

2007

Published memoir Rickles' Book

2007

Received first Emmy for HBO documentary "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project," directed by John Landis

2004

Cast opposite William H. Macy in the TNT special "The Wool Cap" as an elderly tenant

2000

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (October 17)

1999

Once again voiced the character of Mr. Potato Head for "Toy Story 2"

1996

First appearance at NYC's Carnegie Hall

1995

Lent his voice to the character of Mr. Potato Head in the Pixar film "Toy Story"

1995

Returned to features as Robert De Niro's trusted colleague in Martin Scorsese's "Casino"

1993

Starred in another short-lived sitcom "Daddy Dearest" (Fox) with comedian Richard Lewis

1992

Received critical praise for his dramatic role in John Landis' "Innocent Blood"

1985

Performed with Frank Sinatra at Ronald Reagan's Second Inaugural Ball

1983

Co-hosted (with Steve Lawrence) the short-lived ABC series "Foul-Ups, Bleeps & Blunders"

1976

Played title role on NBC sitcom "C.P.O. Sharkey"

1972

Starred in the CBS sitcom "The Don Rickles Show"

1969

Had a notable role as the con man Sgt. Crapgame in the hit film "Kelly's Heroes"

1968

Starred in his own variety show "The Don Rickles Show" (ABC) with Pat McCormick as his sidekick

1968

Released the live comedy album Hello, Dummy!

1967

Made frequent appearances on "The Dean Martin Show" (NBC) and became a fixture on Martin's roast specials

1965

First appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (NBC)

1964

Appeared in the popular "Beach Party" film series with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon in the 1960s

1958

Feature film debut in the submarine drama "Run Silent, Run Deep"

Big break came at the Slate Brothers, a Los Angeles nightclub

Appeared as stand-up comedian in nightclubs in the U.S.

Performed with singer Steve Lawrence in several Las Vegas concerts in the early 1980s

Served in the U.S. Navy in World War II; honorably discharged in 1946

Bonus Trivia

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"I've been hot, I've been lukewarm, I've been freezing, but I've always been a headliner. The young comedians always ask me, what's the secret for staying around. I tell them, there is no secret – just stay around. Longevity is the most important thing." – Rickles quoted in the New York Post, Nov. 27, 1995

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"Someone said to me that these two movies ['Toy Story' and 'Casino'] were a good career move. What career? I'm 69 years old. My only career is staying alive. Anything else is a bonus at this point." – Rickles quoted in the New York Post, Nov. 27, 1995

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"I didn't think about making it. I just thought about surviving. I said, 'Gee, I got to keep going because I want to survive and I think I might be good.' So I never thought of disaster. Because, to be very honest, I thought, 'What could I fall back on?'" – Rickles to the Associated Press, July 18, 2007

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"I've never walked off stage and said, 'I shouldn't have done that.' Because when you do what I do, you're like a fighter. You throw the right hand and say, 'That's what got me to this dance." – Rickles quoted in Esquire magazine, January 2008

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