Don Rickles Dies at 90

Comedian Don Rickles has died at age 90.

Don Rickles, the acidic stand-up comic who became world-famous not by telling jokes but by insulting his audience, died on Thursday at his home in Los Angeles.

"I think the reason that [my act] caught on and gave me a wonderful career is that I was never mean-spirited", Rickles once said. And while Mr. Potato Head did not get his own song in any of the films, he did manage to get one for Disney World's Toy Story Midway Mania! ride that's sure to have you tapping your toes.

"They say I insult". The comedian really hit it big after he started appearing on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" in 1965.

Steve Lawrence said in a statement, "I've known Don Rickles nearly 65 years since we first met as teenagers". He only released one other album, 1969's Don Rickles Speaks!

Rickles was a stage comic and occasional movie actor when he sat down on the couch next to Carson's desk and muttered, "Hello, dummy".

Celebrities, and comedians especially, are paying tribute to the star, sharing favorite memories, thoughts, and, fittingly, a few insults at Rickles' expense.

Calling him the greatest talk show guest of all time, Kimmel told the story about how he finally got Rickles on his show after trying for years and described it as a "talk show fantasy camp" where he got to play host while Rickles insulted him.

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I grew up watching Rickles' insult act on Dean Martin's roasts, always understanding that the barbs were all in fun and no one was truly insulted.

"Don Rickles was one of the absolute greats".

A veteran of dozens of movies dating from the 1950s and a Las Vegas regular, he is best known to newer audiences as the voice of Mr Potato Head from Pixar's Toy Story franchise.

Rickles had set out to be a serious actor, enrolling in New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where classmates included Jason Robards.

He was born in Queens, NY in 1926.

He said: "My love and condolences to Don's wife Barbara, his daughter Mindy - his stepdaughters - Bob Saget and John Stamos His main man Tony O - Paul Shefrin - There will never be another Don Rickles".

Funeral services will be private but the public can send flowers to the Larry Rickles Endowment Fund at the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.

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