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Friday, April 7, 2017

Remembering Don Rickles 1926 - 2017



Comedian Don Rickles, who died Thursday at age 90, won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for the 2007 HBO documentary, Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project. Other television credits include the 1968-69 ABC variety show, The Don Rickles Show, the 1972 CBS sitcom, The Don Rickles Show, the 1976-78 NBC sitcom, C.P.O. Sharkey, and the 1993 Fox sitcom, Daddy Dearest.

He also appeared in many films, including Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), The Rat Race (1960), X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes (1963), Muscle Beach Party (1964), Bikini Beach (1964), Pajama Party (1964), Beach Blanket Bingo (1965), Enter Laughing (1967), Where It's At (1969), Kelly's Heroes (1970), Casino (1995), Dirty Work (1998), Dennis the Menace Strikes Again (1998) and three Toy Story films (1995, 1999 and 2010) as the voice of Mr. Potato Head. And he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 17, 2000.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Don Rickles' life and career.

He made his film debut in Run Silent, Run Deep (1958) starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster.



He played a smooth-talking criminal on Gilligan's Island on November 28, 1966.



He played a washed-up boxer on The Lucy Show on February 20, 1967.



He appeared on The Dean Martin Show on November 30, 1967.




He and Phyllis Diller were the co-hosts of ABC's The Hollywood Palace on March 22, 1969.



He appeared on the ABC game show, The Dating Game, in the late 1960s.



He was a guest on The Dick Cavett Show on April 13, 1972.



He appeared on the NBC special, The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Lucille Ball, on February 7, 1975.



On July 19, 1976, he was the guest host of The Tonight Show with his guest Charo.



He was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on November 12, 1976 (with guest Frank Sinatra) and on November 14, 1977 (with guest host Frank Sinatra)




On December 14, 1976, Johnny Carson paid a visit to Rickles on the set of his NBC sitcom, C.P.O. Sharkey, after learning that the comedian broke his cigarette box (Rickles had been a guest on The Tonight Show on December 13 with guest host Bob Newhart).



He and Mr. T were guests on The Merv Griffin Show on January 17, 1983.



He made his first appearance on Late Night with David Letterman on September 26, 1983.



He was the host of Saturday Night Live on January 24, 1984.





He was a guest on the syndicated talk show, The Whoopi Goldberg Show, in 1993.




He starred in the 1993 Fox sitcom, Daddy Dearest, with Richard Lewis and Renée Taylor.



He was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 30, 2015.

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