Don Rickles will be honored by the Friars Club this Summer with the group’s lifetime achievement award.
Yahoo News reports that Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers, Bob Costas and Tony Danza are all set to pay tribute to the iconic comedian on June 24 at the annual award ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.
Rickles, 86, began his career in the 1950s as a standup comic. He made several appearances on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson and helped define the modern “insult” comic. He became a big name on the Las Vegas circuit, thanks to his big fan Frank Sinatra, and soon started appearing in TV shows and movies.
Over the course of his career, Rickles appeared on shows like The Dick Van Dyke Show,I Love Lucy, The Munsters, The Andy Griffith Show, I Dream Of Jeannie, and Sanford and Son. More recently, Rickles lent his voice to Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story movies (he’s scheduled to reprise the role for Toy Story 4) and released the Emmy award winning documentary Mr. Warmth.
Last year, Rickles was honored with the Johnny Carson award at the Comedy Awards.
Jon Stewart said: “It’s appropriate that Don Rickles is getting the Johnny Carson award because he’s the guy that made Johnny laugh the most. Ladies and gentlemen I present to you, the patron saint of comedy, Don Rickles.”
Are you happy that Don Rickles will be getting the lifetime achievement award from the Friars Club? Here are a few more videos from Rickle’s amazing career.
Don Rickles on The Tonight Show.
Don Rickles roasts Jerry Lewis.