Los Angeles: Don Rickles’s death is being mourned across the world. One of the most renowned comedians in the US who occupied the top rank among comedians over the last more than five decades died in his home in Los Angeles. He was 90 and was in otherwise excellent shape.
Don Rickles and his wife of 52 years Barbara Rickles had celebrated their 52nd marriage anniversary last month. Their marriage anniversary fell on 14th March and they enjoyed it in the company of their relatives and close family friends.
For Don Rickles the marriage happened very late by any yardstick. He was around 38 at the time of the marriage and had been doing rather well in his professional career. Rickles said that love actually eluded him for a long time. There is no denying that it might be due to his on the face comedy that was mostly insulting to the people that might have kept women in awe of him and thus far away from him.
Barbara was very different compared to her husband. She didn’t have much to do with comedy and didn’t appreciate it. In an interview in 1996 with The New York Times, Don said, “Barbara is a private person, not what you would think Don Rickles would marry. When I married Barbara, I married a Valium. She’s not one to wave to the crowd. She’s gracious and lovely. I’m very shy so I became very outgoing to protect my shyness. She understands that”.
Don Rickles was an insulting comedian who offended others and didn’t get offended himself. Once, while describing himself, Rickles said, “I make fun of the world…You know that. And if you know how to handle that and you treat people — and you make fun of yourself, hey, it’s not offensive.” Several decades ago, in an interview with Los Angeles Times, Rickles described himself in the following words, ““I was always the guy who made jokes and ribbed people at parties…After I went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts I got sidetracked into clubs and started doing comedy…Sometimes I knew generally what I was going to do, but I’ve never written anything down. Call it a sixth sense, the lines just come.”
For many people, he was a legend and became a household name several decades, even before many of us were born. There is no denying that for the last several decades he was part of many talk shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Late Show with David Letterman. He lent his voice as Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story series and went on to win a Primetime Emmy Award for the 2007 documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.
The cause of his death is kidney failure. In the meantime details of his funeral service have not been announced. We will update as soon as it is announced.