Don Rickles Biography All About Don Rickles Life


Don Rickles (May 8, 1926- April 6, 2017) was born in New York City. He was one of the famous American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. His birth name was Donald Jay Rickles. Rickles is the son of Max and Etta Rickles. Rickles earned renown as an “insult comic.”

Don Rickles career

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Don Rickles
Don Rickles


Rickles began his career by working in the “Murray Franklin’s” nightclub in Miami Beach, Florida. He took part in Dean Martin Celebrity Roast; he was roasted during another show in the series. Slowly he earned some nicknames like “The Merchant of Venom” and “Mr. Warmth” for his jabbing pleasant at people of all types. In 1958, Rickle played his first film named Run Silent, Run Deep in a dangerous part with Clark Gable And Burt Lancaster.

Rickles played a comedian role in drama series Run for your Life in the 1960s. Slowly he began appearing on television talk shows. His first appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1965. During Carson’s era, he was hosting The Tonight Show as a guest host for more than 100 times.  Rickle made a guest appearance during the 1960s on many great shows through which he gained more popularity.


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don rickles movies and tv shows

Rickles played a remarkable role as Crapgame in Kelly’s Heroes. He starred in The Don Rickles Show in 1972 which lasted till thirteen episode. The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast made Rickles more popular comedian during 1973. The cigarette box incident was remembered from C.P.O. Sharkey and was often replayed in Tonight Show. In this incident, Rickles broke his cigarette box while chatting with Bob Newhart on last night’s show.Rickles made his frequent appearance on Hollywood Squares as a panelist.


At the beginning of 1980s, Rickles with Steve Lawrence began performing concerts in Las Vegas. They both co-hosted Foul-Ups, Bleeps & Blunders in 1983. In 1985, Frank Sinatra was given a chance to perform at Ronald Reagan’s Second Inaugural Ball, but he provided an opportunity to Rickles to perform. Rickles describes this performance as the highlight of his career. He played a role in Tales from the Crypt in the second season in the episode “The Ventriloquist’s Dummy.”


Rickles played in “Sub-Conscious,” an episode of the CBS dramatic series, The Unit which aired in February 2007. On May 8, 2007, a memoir titled Rickles’ Book was released. Primetime Emmy Award was won by Rickles for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. Rickles made his appearance on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List in 2009.

He was honored by Spike TV’s “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles.” In 2014 Rickles was interviewed about his retirement, he replied saying: “I’m in good health. I’m working better than I ever have. The audiences are great then Why should I retire? I’m like a fighter. The bell rings, and you come out and fight. My energy comes alive. And I still enjoy it.”, this saying later became his famous quote.

Don Rickles Quotes

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Don Rickles



  • You can’t study comedy; it’s within you. It’s a personality.My humor is an attitude.
  • He said that When you stand alone and sell yourself, you can’t please everyone. But when you’re different, you can last.
  • I stopped smoking. But my personality I still have. I get up in the morning, and not everybody loves me, so if you want to call that a bad habit, there’s that.
  • I stopped smoking. But my personality I still have. I get up in the morning, and not everybody loves me, so if you want to call that a bad habit, there’s that.


 Don Rickles Net Worth

Don Rickles is a great stand-up comedian and actor who had a net worth of $30 million. He gained a lot of popularity all over the world by being a good insult comic.

Don Rickles Death

Don Rickles died at the age of 90 on April 6, 2017, at his home in Beverly Hills, California. He died of kidney failure. After his death, all the television hosts and actors gave tribute to his comedy talents.

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