Don Rickles

Highest Rated: 100% Toy Story 2 (1999)
Lowest Rated: 14% Zookeeper (2011)
Birthday: May 8, 1926
Birthplace: Not Available
Believe it or don't: comedian Don Rickles--the "Merchant of Venom," "The Caliph of Calumny," "Mister Warmth"--was once a dedicated student at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. As a movie-struck kid, Rickles aspired to share the Big Screen with such idols as Clark Gable and James Cagney. He got his wish in his first film, 1958's Run Silent Run Deep, wherein Gable topped the cast. Rickles went on to receive critical plaudits for his villainous performance in 1960's The Rat Race, and also popped up with regularity on such TV series as The Thin Man and The Twilight Zone. But truly good roles for a short, baldpated young character actor were relatively few and far between. During a long period between acting assignments, Rickles decided to work up a nightclub act. He began as a traditional stand-up comic, but when annoyed by hecklers, he instinctively insulted the insulters back as a defense mechanism. Audiences laughed harder at his impromptu insults than his prepared material, and thus the dye was cast for Rickle's show-business future. The story goes that, upon spotting Frank Sinatra in one of his audiences, Rickles impulsively cried out "Come right in, Frank. Make yourself at home. Hit somebody." The normally combative Sinatra exploded with laughter, and from that point on Rickles was "in." While the bulk of his fame and fortune rested upon his nightclub work, Rickles still kept a hand in acting, playing guest spots on TV programs like F Troop, The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Spy and Run for Your Life (he was particularly good in the last-named series as a washed-up comedian facing a statutory rape charge). As his own vitriolic "self" (though rumors persist that Rickles is a pussycat off-camera), he convulsed the stars of such variety series as The Dean Martin Show and The Andy Williams Show. When Dean Martin altered his series to a "roast" format in the early 1970s, Rickles could always be counted upon for a steady stream of hilarious invectives; conversely, he took it as well as he dished it out when the Friar's Club elected him Entertainer of the Year in 1974. The one sore spot in Rickles' latter-day career was his failure to sustain a weekly TV series. The 1968 variety outing The Don Rickles Show was axed after thirteen weeks, while a 1972 sitcom of the same name barely survived the season. He had better luck as star of the 1976 comedy series C.P.O. Sharkey, which lasted two years; but in 1993, Daddy Dearest, which co-starred Rickles with "neurotic" comedian Richard Lewis, was on and off in only two months. In comparison, Rickles has done quite well in films, with choice secondary roles in such productions as Where It's At?, Kelly's Heroes (1970) and several of the "Beach Party" frivolities. In 1995, after several years away from films, Don Rickles resurfaced with a solid supporting part in Martin Scorsese's Casino, and as the voice of a singularly abrasive Mr. Potato Head in the animated Toy Story. He had a brief but memorable cameo in the comedy Dirty Work, and was the subject of his own documentary, Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project. He returned to voice Mr. Potato Head in two Toy Story sequels as well as a number of Pixar shorts, and he gave voice to one of the animals in the Kevin James vehicle Zookeeper. Rickles died in 2017, at age 90.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Toy Story 4 Mr. Potato Head 2019
94% Toy Story of Terror! Mr. Potato Head 2013
No Score Yet Small Fry Mr. Potato Head 2011
14% Zookeeper Frog $80.4M 2011
No Score Yet Hawaiian Vacation Mr. Potato Head 2011
98% Toy Story 3 Mr. Potato Head $415M 2010
91% Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work Actor $3M 2010
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Actor 2008
79% The Aristocrats Actor $6.2M 2005
No Score Yet The Wool Cap Ira 2004
No Score Yet Goodnight, We Love You: The Life and Legend of Phyllis Diller Actor 2004
No Score Yet Let Me In - I Hear Laughter: A Tribute to the Friars Club Actor 2000
100% Toy Story 2 Mr. Potato Head 1999
17% Dirty Work Hamilton 1998
35% Quest For Camelot Cornwall 1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Actor 1997
No Score Yet Dennis the Menace Strikes Again Mr. Wilson 1997
100% Toy Story Mr. Potato Head 1995
79% Casino Billy Sherbert 1995
39% Innocent Blood Bergman 1992
No Score Yet Keaton's Cop Jake 1990
No Score Yet Two Top Bananas Actor 1982
No Score Yet For the Love of It Actor 1980
76% Kelly's Heroes SSgt. Crapgame 1970
No Score Yet Where It's At Willie 1969
55% Enter Laughing Harry Hamburger 1967
80% Beach Blanket Bingo Big Drop 1965
33% Pajama Party Big Bang The Martian 1964
No Score Yet Bikini Beach Big Drag 1964
No Score Yet Muscle Beach Party Jack Fanny 1964
88% 'X'---The Man With the X-Ray Eyes Crane 1963
No Score Yet The Rat Race Nellie 1960
No Score Yet The Rabbit Trap Mike O'Halloran 1959
100% Run Silent, Run Deep Ruby 1958

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Big Interview With Dan Rather
2013
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2011
No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
2012-2018
Appearing
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
Bobby
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2008
  • 2007
84% The Unit
2006-2009
Himself
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show
2001-2006
Himself
  • 2002
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
  • 1998
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1997
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • 1990
No Score Yet Newhart
1982-1990
Don Prince
  • 1989
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Bettor
  • 1989
  • 1961
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1984
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
Announcer
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1971
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Krimm
  • 1969
  • 1968
No Score Yet The Don Rickles Show
1968-1969
  • 1968
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
1965-1970
Guest
  • 1967
90% Gilligan's Island
1964-1967
Norbett Wiley
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Newton Monroe
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Bettor
  • 1965
83% The Munsters
1964-1966
Doc
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
1961-1966
  • 1964

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