Don Rickles
Don Rickles was born and raised in New York City. After high school, Rickles served in the United States Navy during World War II. After being honorably discharged, Rickles studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, as well as playing bit parts on TV. He eventually began performing in night clubs in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. Rickles became an insult comedian by jabbing and poking fun at the audience. Enjoying insults more than prepared materials, he incorporated them into his act. Rickles eventually earned the nicknames “The Merchant of Venom” and “Mr. Warmth,” a name given to him by Johnny Carson, because he poked fun at individuals of all ethnicities and walks of life. In addition to his comedy, Rickles also worked in films including Run Silent, Run Deep, Get Smart, the Beach Party films, Toy Story and Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, Dennis the Menace Strikes Again. He was involved with television specials, including celebrity roasts and evening talk shows. In 2007, Rickles won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project. Within the last few years, Rickles continued to frequent late night talk shows and tour across the United States. In 2017, Rickles won a Webby Award for his online series, Dinner with Don. Rickles passed away in 2017.