Don Rickles Dies, You Jerk

Don Rickles

Don Rickles, left, playfully strangles future RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right, on the set of roast of some sort in 1977.

Los Angeles—Famed late night show stalwart, actor and insult comic Don Rickles died at his home Thursday from kidney failure. He was 90.

Best known most recently as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” franchise, Rickles also appeared in such films as “Casino,” “X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes,” “RECOiL” and “Dennis the Menace Strikes Again.”

He also was on television in “The Don Rickles Show,” “C.P.O. Starkey,” “Murphy Brown” and “Burke’s Law.”

He won an Emmy in 2008 for his work on “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.” 

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his daughter Mindy and two grandchildren.