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Don Rickles

December 2nd, 2007 Posted in Hot Search Trends

Donald Jay Rickles (born May 8, 1926 in New York City, New York) is an American comedian and actor.

Rickles was born in the New York City borough of Queens to Jewish parents Etta and Max Rickles.? He grew up in the borough’s Jackson Heights neighborhood.? After graduating from nearby Newtown High School, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Cyrene as a S1/c until 1946, when he was honorably discharged. Two years later he studied drama, and played occasional bit parts on television. Frustrated with the lack of acting work, he began doing stand-up comedy. He eventually became known as an insult comedian by learning to respond to hecklers. The audience liked these insults more than his prepared material, so he developed that part of his act. His act reminded some observers of the older insult comic Jack E. Leonard, though Rickles has denied that Leonard had any influence on his style.

Rickles and his wife Barbara are fast friends with comedian Bob Newhart and his wife, Ginnie, and they often vacation together. Rickles and Newhart appeared together on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on January 24, 2005, the Monday following Johnny Carson’s death, reminiscing about their many guest appearances on Carson’s show, including footage of the “cigarette box incident”.

Rickles has been married for over 41 years to his wife, who hails from the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia. He and Barbara have a daughter, Mindy, a son, Larry and two grandchildren, Ethan and Harrison Mann. According to Rickles’ memoir, his granchildren are much more impressed by his having played “Mr. Potato Head” than by any of his other career achievements.

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