Iconic Comedian and 'Toy Story' Star Don Rickles Dead at 90
He passed away Thursday morning in his home.
The iconic funnyman died Thursday morning at his Los Angeles home after suffering from kidney failure, according to his publicist.
Rickles was an honorary "Rat Pack" member and roast master who was born in Queens, N.Y., and studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York before enlisting in the Navy during World War II.
He started his stand-up comedy career in the 1950s, but got his big break in 1965 when he was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Rickles appeared in such TV shows and movies like Enter Laughing, Kelly’s Heroes, Casino, and Get Smart.
He provided the voice of Mr. Potato Head in each of the three Toy Story movies, and was slated to do the same in the upcoming Toy Story 4, which is currently in pre-production.
It is not known whether he has recorded any of his tracks for the movie which is slated to premiere in 2019.
In February, he said he has no plans of retiring in an interview with Closer Weekly.
Rickles is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara; their daughter, Mindy Mann and two grandchildren, Ethan and Harrison Mann. Rickles and his wife had a son, Larry, who passed away in 2011.
Celebrity tributes have been pouring in on social media.
One of the all time great men & comics Don Rickles passed, always a class act & funny as hell. RIP condolences to his family & to AmericaApril 6, 2017
A national treasure is gone. Don Rickles' talent was limitless. To know him was a gift. He kept me laughing during 58-years of friendship. pic.twitter.com/B1IXEa9S4gApril 6, 2017
A God died today. Don Rickles, we did not want to ever lose you. Never. Hanx.April 6, 2017
My friend, my dad, the funniest biggest hearted of them all. A beautiful husband and father. My heart is broken. Rest In Peace. Don Rickles.April 6, 2017
Don Rickles, you kept us laughing for so many years. We will miss you dearly. Thanks for the zingers. You were one of a kind.April 6, 2017
90 years with Don Rickles weren't enough. One of the sweetest and most lovely people I had the pleasure of knowing. We miss you alreadyApril 6, 2017
Fans of Rickles have also posted tributes to the comic, as well as experiences they have had with him.
Thanks for the laughs, Don Rickles! You'll be missed. pic.twitter.com/JizK1ulOSGApril 6, 2017
Rickles, who was still active on Twitter despite his age, last posted a message to his wife to honor their wedding anniversary in March.
We are celebrating our 52nd Wedding Anniversary March 14th. Happy Anniversary my dear wife, Barbara. You are my life. ❤️❌⭕PussycatMarch 12, 2017
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