Don Rickles, one of the best comedians of our times, died of kidney failure in Los Angeles Thursday. He was 90 year old and was working till very recently.
Don Rickles was not run of the mill type comedians who abound in our part of the world. He was an insult comedian and it came to him naturally. He enjoyed his job and won millions of admirers in almost every part of the world.
Born on May 8, 1926, Don Rickles was not just known for his insult comedy, but also his persona. His pudgy, balding appearance made him a darling of the television audience and won him numerous awards and fame.
The comedian is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara, a daughter and grandchildren. Barbara Rickles or Barbara Sklar — was born in Philadelphia and worked in the entertainment industry as well. She appeared in a couple of TV programs.
To be true, Don married very late for his time, at 38-years of age. The two got married on March 14, 1965. Later admitting to his failure when it comes to romance, the comedian said that he had a very difficult time romantically in his 20s and 30s. But luck eventually smiled at him when he met Sklar through his agent and fell for her when she failed to get his sense of humor.
The two had celebrated their 52nd marriage anniversary merely on 14 March, three weeks ago. Rickles’ final tweet was a tribute to Barbara, wishing her a happy anniversary.
In an interview, Don told Larry King that “a hooker” was the secret to his long-lasting marriage. He backtracked on the sarcastic words and said that the thing that kept them together for so long was the friendship and being able to have conversations about virtually whatever with her.
The couple had two children, a son Larry Rickles and a daughter Mindy Mann. But unfortunately Larry died very young in the year 2011. An Emmy Award-winning producer, he died at the age of 41 due to respiratory failure due to pneumonia. Born on May 12, 1970, in Los Angeles, he began his career by working on set at several sitcoms. He won admission into a Warner Bros. writing workshop in 1996. In 1997, Rickles was hired as a television writer for the long-running CBS comedy series Murphy Brown. He co-produced the 2007 HBO documentary, Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.