Comedian Don Rickles has died at age 90

Kelly Massey
April 8, 2017

Celebrities paid tribute to late comedy legend Don Rickles, and unsurprisingly, the 90-year-old's death hit comics the hardest.

A statement to ABC News by his publicist says Rickles died Thursday morning from kidney failure.

Born in NY, his rapid-fire delivery was often ad-libbed, Rickles saying that he had developed a brand of "mockery humour" because he was not good at performing more conventional jokes, earning him the nickname "Mr Warmth". Frank Sinatra was a big fan and ended up becoming one of his close friends.

"I knew Don Rickles from the early, early days of his career when he came to California", Reiner says.

Probably the part of this video that really gets us more so than any other part is when you start to see Kimmel reading off all of the various notes that he received over the years from Rickles, ones that gave a full scope of the relationship the two had.

Speaking on his show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Thursday evening (06.04.17), he said: "We lost someone that we and I love very much today".

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In the 1960s, Rickles was welcomed for the first time to the "Tonight Show" with Carson.

Kimmel then showed a montage of Rickles' appearances on the show and said, "There'll never be another Don Rickles". Above, Rickles and costar Don Adams' behind-the-scenes antics were recorded for a blooper reel.

Rickles' many friends returned the wisecracks, whether labeling him a man everyone loved to hate or, as his pal Bob Newhart once joked, as a man annoying to travel with. Originally planning on being a dramatic actor, Rickles grew exhausted of the lack of work and started doing stand-up comedy in the beginning of the 50's.

Calling him the greatest talk show guest of all time, Kimmel told the story about how he finally got Rickles on his show after trying for years and described it as a "talk show fantasy camp" where he got to play host while Rickles insulted him. One of his best-known roles was voicing Mr. Potato Head in Pixar's Toy Story series, as well as playing a role in Martin Scorsese's Casino with Robert De Niro. Rickles was born in New York City on May 8, 1926, to Max and Etta Rickles, according to an official biography from the comedian's spokesperson. Lawrence Rickles died of complications from pneumonia in 2011.

Rickles, who had signed up for Toy Story 4 ahead of its planned 2019, is survived by his wife Barbara, a daughter and two grandchildren. Donations can be made to the Larry Rickles Endowment Fund at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

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