‘Mr. Warmth’ Don Rickles Dies At Age 90
In an age where the politically correct security blanket insists that insults are neither funny, nor permitted, a Don Rickles could not have maintained a career. However, Rickles was comedy for prior to this weak generation. The fast wit, the quick turn of a phrase, the immediate punchlines that were delivered was such ease. The sharpest mind in showbiz was also one of the best at timing.
Nicknamed “Mr. Warmth,” Rickles no-holds-barred approach to insult comedy was heralded as a triumph for six decades.
April 6th, Rickles passed away due to kidney failure.
Never one to back down to any race, color, nationality, or even career choice, Rickles would often blast his fellow celebrities include Frank Sinatra and Johnny Carson, on numerous Tonight Show appearances. Rickles was even a part of the 1985 Reagan Inaugural Ball, insulting the famous president, along with Sinatra.
His career included movies, like Pajama Party, Casino, Toy Story and The Rat Race. The Queens native served in the Navy during World War II. His television career spanned decades and included CPO Sharkey and Daddy Dearest, but his guest appearances were countless on hits such as The Beverly Hillbillies, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In, Sanford and Son, Hot In Cleveland, I Dream of Jeannie and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Rickles was married to Barbara Sklar, who survives him. Funeral services will be closed to the public.