Don Rickles, king of insult comedy, dies at 90

The comedian died at his Los Angeles home of kidney failure on Thursday.

Rickles found his big break on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson in 1965, going on to forge an illustrious career in comedy, even becoming a welcome addition to Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack.

He was a frequent guest on U.S. chat shows The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Show with David Letterman.

Following that, Rickles became a regular on The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast shows, eventually getting his own show, The Don Rickles Show.

His acting and comedy career continued for the next several decades, including a stint as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story movies and a 2012 racial joke about then-president Barack Obama that shocked Hollywood.

In 2008, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for his performance in the HBO documentary "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project".

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara, as well as their daughter Mindy Mann and her husband Ed, and Rickles' two grandchildren, Ethan and Harrison Mann. His funeral will be private, his publicist says, and requests donations in his memory to the Larry Rickles Endowment Fund at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

  • Salvatore Jensen