Rickles is famed for his unique brand of sarcastic and ironic humor, which he has gifted his fans with over nearly a 6 decade career. Don’s expertise as an “insult comedian” is nothing short of legendary, both on and off the big screen. The list of his accomplishments is quite large, and there are many sites which list more complete details concerning his antics, including sites such as Wikipedia, IMDb, and many more. I have attempted to name a few of the best below.
The tribute, which is titled One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Trubute to Don Rickles, will be televised on Spike TV next month. Among the many familiar faces who will appear to congratulate Don on his phenomenal success over the years will be such comedic greats as Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, Tracy Morgan, and best friend Bob Newhart, just to name a few. And of course, since Don has touched many lives in the movie and television industry as well, there will be other celebrities from his years on the big screen and television. Notably, director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert de Niro, who worked with him on the movie Casino, will also be in attendance.
But just what is all the fuss? What sorts of things did Rickles do that have everyone so ready to sing his praises? Below are some of the most notable:
Don Rickles first appeared on the silver screen in Run Silent, Run Deep with Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster.
One of my favorite movies in which Don appeared was the 1960 version of The Rat Race.
Rickles also appeared in the popular Beach Party film series.
Voice of Mr. Potato Head in the Pixar film Toy Story and it’s sequels.
Rickles guest-starred in many popular TV shows throughout the years, and even tried his hand at sitcom or two.
He also appeared on talk shows upon numerous occasions and was frequently found on the Tonight Show, stirring up trouble for Johnny Carson and even breaking his belongings.
Don was a frequent panelist on the game show, Hollywood Squares.
His memoir, titled Rickles’ Book, was released on May 8, 2007, by Simon & Shuster.
Congratulations, Don Rickles, on a wonderful career, and I hope all your fans are as excited to see One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles, as I am.